Monday, December 16, 2019

Your Daily Reprieve 12.16.19

Your Daily Reprieve for Monday  December  16, 2019

From Jacksonville, FL

Christmas time is like a smokey fire that wraps itself around you.
There's warmth in it, a smell to it, a fragrance oh so subtle.
It weaves a spell of nostalgia with good memories...and some...not so good.
What will this Christmas day bring for you?
After today, you are all in.
Pause for a moment while anticipation is high, 
resolve to keep your spirit strong through joy,
disappointment, triumph, and loss.
God is with you in your reflection.

Anyone who in discussion relies upon authority
uses not his understanding
but rather his memory.
~ Leonardo da Vinci

"See if you can catch yourself complaining, in either speech or thought,
about a situation you find yourself in, what other people do or say,
 your surroundings, your life situation, even the weather.
To complain is always non-acceptance of what is.  
It invariably carries an unconscious negative charge.  
When you complain, you make yourself into a victim.  
When you speak out, you are in your power.  
So change the situation by taking action
or by speaking out if necessary or possible;  
leave the situation or accept it.  
All else is madness."
~Eckhart Tolle

"In the meetings I attend,
newcomers sometimes ask me how I've been able to stay sober so long.
My answer is always the same: every morning,
the first thing I do is say three magic words –
God, help me."
~Grapevine: Kissimmee, Fla., March 2006

Big Book Quote

Next, we decided that hereafter in this drama of life, God was going
to be our Director. He is the Principal; we are His agents. He is
the Father, and we are His children. Most good ideas are simple,
and this concept was the keystone of the new and triumphant arch
through which we passed to freedom.

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, How It Works, pg. 62~

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6/10 Bob S. (Akron, OH).....84

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
12/7 Georgia O. (Stuart, FL)…..41
12/7 Nan G. (Los Altos, CA/Nantucket, MA)…..23
12/8 Lynne L. (Portland, OR)…..46
12/8 Ed B. (Lawrenceville, NJ)…..18
12/10 Susan M. (Mendham, NJ)…..1
12/10 Wendell M. (Bothell, WA)…..6
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
12/15 Bill M. (Goodyear, AZ/Caguas, PR)…..34
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
12/18 Melissa B. (Cape Cod, MA)…..1
12/18 John K. (Stuart, FL)…..7
12/19 Autumn M. (Jacksonville, FL)…..2
12/19 Kathleen S. (Haverhill, MA)…..39
12/19 Mary F. (West Newbury, MA)…..21
12/19 Karen G. (Brooklyn, NY)…..7
12/20 Lory W. (Winchester, UK)…..19
12/21 Bridget C. (Albany, NY)…..17
12/21 Moira N. (New Rochelle, NY)…..8
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
12/23 Dave L. ()…..2
12/24 Peter S. (Manhattan, NY)…..19
12/25 Lynn I. (Port Charlotte, FL)…..30
12/26 Chick R. (Oak Forest, IL)…..22
12/27 Zoe R. (Kent, UK)…..1
12/28 Johanna T. (Cobleskill, NY)…..19
12/28 Chris A. (Basking Ridge, NJ)…..2
12/28 Melissa C. (Acton, MA)…..5
12/30 Rufus W. (Coppell, TX)…..46
12/31 Aussie Ian (Bangkok)…..25
12/31 Jake R. (Prattville, AL)…..44
12/31 Tabatha J. (Charlotte, NC)…..7

1122  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."

Then it is explained that other Steps of the A.A. program can be practiced with success only when Step Three is given a determined and persistent trial. This statement may surprise newcomers who have experienced nothing but constant deflation and a growing conviction that human will is of no value whatever. They have become persuaded, and rightly so, that many problems besides alcohol will not yield to a headlong assault powered by the individual alone. But now it appears that there are certain things which only the individual can do. All by himself, and in the light of his own circumstances, he needs to develop the quality of willingness. When he acquires willingness, he is the only one who can make the decision to exert himself. Trying to do this is an act of his own will. All of the Twelve Steps require sustained and personal exertion to conform to their principles and so, we trust, to God's will.

p. 40

Twenty-Four Hours

A.A. Thought For The Day

The way of A.A. is the way of faith. We don't get the full benefit of the program until
we surrender our lives to some Power greater than ourselves and trust that Power to
give us the strength we need. There is no better way for us. We can get sober without
it. We can stay sober for some time without it. But if we are going to truly live, we must take the way of faith in God. That is the path for us. We must follow it. Have I taken the way of faith?

Meditation For The Day

Life is not a search for happiness. Happiness is a by-product of living the right kind of
a life, of doing the right thing. Do not search for happiness, search for right living and
happiness will be your reward. Life is sometimes a march of duty during dull, dark
days. But happiness will come again, as God's smile of recognition of your
faithfulness. True happiness is always the by-product of a life well lived.

Prayer For The Day

I pray that I may not seek happiness but seek to do right. I pray that I may not seek
pleasure so much as the things that bring true happiness.

Daily Thought
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"We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves. Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us - sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them."
c. 1976 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 83-4

Thought to Consider . . .

he Promises are a result not a right.


Faith, Intuition, and Trust

Daily Reflection

. . nothing will so much insure immunity from finking as
intensive work with other alcoholics. . . Both you and the
new man must walk day by ay in the path of spiritual
progress. . . . Follow the dictates of a Higher Power and
you will presently live in a new and wonderful world, no
matter what your resent circumstances!

Doing the right things for the right reasons—this is my
way of controlling my selfishness and self-centeredness. I
realize that my dependency on a higher Power clears the
way for peace of mind, happiness and sobriety. I pray each
day that I will avoid my previous actions, so that I will be
helpful o others.

Pot Luck

Walk In Dry Places

The True Security 

We can feel insecure for many reasons, but the fundamental reason is that we do not have a firm anchorage in our Higher Power.  This anchorage must be our true security, and it is really the only form that can survive any attack. 

Regardless of who we are, we can know and feel that our Higher Power is guiding and directing us at all times. If we find ourselves being threatened by a person or situation, we can deal with it by knowing that our Higher Power is in charge of all outcomes. If we envy somebody, we must get back to an acknowledgment of God as the source of everything. 

If we feel inadequate around people who seem to be immensely self-confident and secure, we should not try to imitate their manner and behavior. Rather, we should simply put our trust in our own Higher Power, and our feeling of true security will express itself in proper ways. 

All the things we view today as being secure are probably only temporary. 
Our ture security can come only from God.

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