Saturday, December 7, 2019

Your Daily Reprieve 12.08.19

Your Daily Reprieve for Sunday  December 8 , 2019

From Jacksonville, FL

When life feels too big to handle, go outside.
Everything looks smaller when you’re standing under the sky.
~L.R. Knost

For all my good intentions, there are days when things go wrong or I fall into old habits. When things are not going well, when I'm grumpy or mad, I'll realize that I've not been paying attention to my soul and I've not been following my best routine. ~Robert Fulghum

"Everyone is a house with four rooms, a physical, a mental, an emotional and a spiritual. Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time, but unless we go into every room every day, even if only to keep it aired, we are not a complete person."

Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.
~Robert H. Schuller

Big Book Quote

We have learned that whatever the human frailties of various faiths
may be, those faiths have given purpose and direction to millions.
People of faith have a logical idea of what life is all about.

Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, pg. 49

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December 2019 Miracles

12/1 Beth S. (Albuquerque, NM/Madison, NH)…..24
12/2 Wendy M. (Scottsdale, AZ)…..30
12/3 Ancil D. (Bloomington, IN)…..1
13/3 Walter S. (Jacksonville, FL)…..26
12/4 Fred E. (Stuttgart, DE)…..8
12/4 Mike K. (Floral Park, NY)…..1
12/4 Lisa B. (Trenton, MI)…..24
12/5 Sophie G. (Larchmont, NY)…..7
12/5 Bob H. ()…..35
12/5 Matt G. (Colts Neck, NJ)…..11
12/6 Dave B. (Venice, FL)…..28
12/6 Nikki G. (Flemington, NJ)…..9
12/7 Steve O. (Osteen, FL)…..27
12/8 Lynne L. (Portland, OR)…..46
12/8 Ed B. (Lawrenceville, NJ)…..18
12/10 Susan M. (Mendham, NJ)…..1
12/10 Paul K/ Gypsy (Nantucket MA / Anguilla)…..13
12/10 Kathy R. (Basking Ridge, NJ)…..9
12/13 Wendell M. (Bothell, WA)…..6
12/11 Dawn K. ()…..12
12/11 Brendan B. (At Home)…..1
12/12 Mitch B. (Evanston, IL)…..33
12/13 Tom O. (Milwaukee WI_.....13
12/14 Linda M. (Salem, NH)…..7
12/14 Bob P. (Cullman, AL)…..29
12/15 John M. (Paros, Greece)…..17
12/15 Taleah M. (NY, N Y)…..2
12/16 Mike S. (Raleigh, NC)…..3
12/16 Carrie F. (Selinsgrove, PA)…..15
12/16 Heather V. (Nantucket, MA)…..2
12/17 Joe K. (North Port, FL)…..36
12/18  Chris V. (Nashville, TN)…..12
12/18 Kevin T. (Basking Ridge, NJ)…..27
12/19 Autumn M. (Jacksonville, FL)…..2
12/19 Kathleen S. (Haverhill, MA)…..39
12/19 Mary F. (West Newbury, MA)…..21
12/21 Bridget C. (Albany, NY)…..17
12/22 Dick McD. (New York, NY)…..42
12/23 Pete G. (Larchmont, NY)…..39
12/23 Cathy B. (Princeton, NJ)…..15
12/23 Lee H. (San Francisco, CA)…..29
12/24 Peter S. (Manhattan, NY)…..19
12/26 Chick R. (Oak Forest, IL)…..22
12/27 Zoe R. (Kent, UK)…..1
12/28 Johanna T. (Cobleskill, NY)…..19
12/31 Aussie Ian (Bangkok)…..25
12/31 Jake R. (Prattville, AL)…..44
12/31 Tabatha J. (Charlotte, NC)…..7

0877  Total Years of Sobriety


Step Three - "Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him."

Let's examine for a moment this idea of dependence at the level of everyday living. In this area it is startling to discover how dependent we really are, and how unconscious of that dependence. Every modern house has electric wiring carrying power and light to its interior. We are delighted with this dependence; our main hope is that nothing will ever cut off the supply of current. By so accepting our dependence upon this marvel of science, we find ourselves more independent personally. Not only are we more independent, we are even more comfortable and secure. Power flows just where it is needed. Silently and surely, electricity, that strange energy so few people understand, meets our simplest daily needs, and our most desperate ones, too. Ask the polio sufferer confined to an iron lung who depends with complete trust upon a motor to keep the breath of life in him.

p. 36

Twenty-Four Hours

A.A. Thought For The Day

The length of time of our sobriety is not as important as
the quality of it. A person who has been in A.A. for a number
of years may not be in as good mental condition as a person
who has only been in a few months. It is a great
satisfaction to have been an A.A. member for a long time
and we often mention it. It may sometimes help the newer
members, because they may say to themselves, if they can do
it I can do it. And yet the older members must realize
that as long as they live they are only one drink away
from a drunk. What is the quality of my sobriety?

Meditation For The Day

"And greater works than this shall ye do." We can do
greater works when we have more experience of the new way
of life. We can have all the power we need from the Unseen
God. We can have His grace, His spirit, to make us effective
as we go along each day. Opportunities for a better world
are all around us. Greater works can we do. But we do not
work alone. The power of God is behind all good works.

Prayer For The Day

I pray that I may find my rightful place in the world.
I pray that my works may be made more effective by the
grace of God.

Daily Thought

(\    ~~    /)
(     \(AA)/     )
(_ /AA\ _)

"I know the biggest word for me in A.A. is 'honesty.' I don't believe this program would work for me if I didn't get honest with myself about everything. Honesty is the easiest word for me to understand because it is the exact opposite of what I've been doing all my life. Therefore, it will be the hardest to work on. But I will never be totally honest - that would make me perfect, and none of us can claim to be perfect. Only God is. If I work on it every day, it will be easier to be honest with myself. Then getting and staying honest with other people will come automatically. I know I will be grateful for a chance to make amends to everybody I have hurt in the past."
c. 1976 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 482

Thought to Consider . . .

onesty is the absence of the intent to deceive.


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Daily Reflection

Life will take on new meaning. To watch people re-over, to
see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a
fellowship grow up about you, to have host of friends—this
is an experience you must not miss. . . . Frequent contact
with newcomers and nth each other is the bright spot of
our lives.

t is through service that the greatest rewards are to be
found. But to be in a position of offering true, useful and
effective service to others, I must first work on myself.
This means that I have to abandon myself to God,
admitting my faults and clearing away the wreckage of my
past. Work on myself has aught me how to find the
necessary peace and serenity to successfully merge
inspiration and experience. I have learned how to be, in the
truest sense, in open channel of sobriety.

Pot Luck

Open-mindedness is the willingness to search actively for evidence against ones favored beliefs, plans, or goals, and to weigh such evidence fairly when it is available. Being open-minded does not imply that one is indecisive, wishy-washy, or incapable of thinking for ones self. After considering various alternatives, an open-minded person can take a firm stand on a position and act accordingly. The opposite of open-mindedness is what is called the myside bias which refers to the pervasive tendency to search for evidence and evaluate evidence in a way that favors your initial beliefs. Most people show myside bias, but some are more biased than others.

The Authentic Happiness newsletter from the University of Pennsylvania


My Creator, let the ears of our hearts be open tonight. Usually, Father, when we hear something new, we will compare it to our own ideas. If it is the same, we will accept it & say that it is correct. If it is not, we will say it is incorrect. In either case, we will learn NOTHING! Father, help us to always listen with an open mind & an open heart so that You can penetrate the soil of our minds, which can then lead us to a new experience.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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