Your Daily Reprieve for Friday December 27, 2019
From Jacksonville, FL
After I talk to God
I feel like a plant that's just been watered.
Maturity is the ability to do a job whether or not you are supervised,
to carry money without spending it, and to bear an injustice
without wanting to get even.
"We plant seeds that will flower as results in our lives,
so best to remove the weeds of anger, avarice, envy and doubt,
that peace and abundance may manifest for all."
“We are social creatures,
and loneliness is a symptom of something being wrong.
When you’re hungry, that’s your body telling you that you need to eat.
When you’re tired, your body is telling you that you need sleep.
And when you’re lonely, that’s actually your body telling you that you need to connect.”
—Ellen Hendriksen, PhD
Big Book Quote
"...the main problem of the alcoholic centers in his mind, rather than
in his body."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, There Is A Solution, Page 23~
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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
12/3 Debra A. (Tampa, FL)…..37
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
12/11 Dawn K. ()…..12
12/11 Brendan B. (At Home)…..1
12/12 Mitch B. (Evanston, IL)…..33
12/12 Linda B. (Maryland, NY)…..6
12/13 Tom O. (Milwaukee WI_.....13
12/14 Linda M. (Salem, NH)…..7
12/14 Jim B. (Hudson Valley, NY)…..26
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
12/19 Autumn M. (Jacksonville, FL)…..3
12/19 Brian K. (Ossipee, NH)…..8
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 Carol H. (Amarillo, TX)…..13
12/23 Cathy B. (Princeton, NJ)…..15
12/23 Lee H. (San Francisco, CA)…..29
12/23 Dave L. (Raleigh, NC)…..2
12/24 Peter S. (Manhattan, NY)…..19
12/24 Eric O. (Kennebunkport, ME)…..5
12/24 Niki T. (Lake Worth, FL)…..3
12/25 Lynn I. (Port Charlotte, FL)…..30
12/25 Peter Mc. (NYC)…..22
12/26 Chick R. (Oak Forest, IL)…..22
12/26 Jamie C. (Nantucket/West Palm Beach)…..3
12/27 Zoe R. (Kent, UK)…..1
12/27 Trish H. (UK)…..3
12/27 Eileen (Corpus Christi, TX)…..5
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
1243 Total Years of Sobriety
Step Four - "Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves."
If temperamentally we are on the depressive side, we are apt to be swamped with guilt and self-loathing. We wallow in this messy bog, often getting a misshapen and painful pleasure out of it. As we morbidly pursue this melancholy activity, we may sink to such a point of despair that nothing but oblivion looks possible as a solution. Here, of course, we have lost all perspective, and therefore all genuine humility. For this is pride in reverse. This is not a moral inventory at all; it is the very process by which the depressive has so often been led to the bottle and extinction.
A.A. Thought For The Day
I need the A.A. principles for the development of the
buried life within me, that good life, which I had
misplaced, but which I found again in this fellowship.
This life within me is developing slowly but surely,
with many set-backs, many mistakes, many failures, but
still developing. As long as I stick close to A.A., my
life will go on developing, and I cannot yet know what
it will be, but I know that it will be good. That's
all I want to know. It will be good. Am I thanking God for A.A.?
Meditation For The Day
Build your life on the firm foundation of true gratitude
to God for all His blessings and true humility because of
your unworthiness of these blessings. Build the frame of
your life out of self-discipline, never let yourself get
selfish or lazy or contented with yourself. Build the
walls of your life out of service to others,
helping others find the way to live. Build the roof of
your life out of prayer and quiet times, waiting for
God's guidance from above. Build a garden around your
life out of peace of mind and serenity and a sure faith.
Prayer For The Day
I pray that I may build my life on A.A. principles. I
pray that it may be a good building when my work is finished
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"Perhaps one of the greatest rewards of meditation and prayer is the sense of belonging that comes to us. We no longer live in a completely hostile world. We are no longer lost and frightened and purposeless. The moment we catch even a glimpse of God's will, the moment we begin to see truth, justice, and love as the real and eternal things in life, we are no longer deeply disturbed by all the seeming evidence to the contrary that surrounds us in purely human affairs."
c. 1952 AAWS, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 105
Thought to Consider . . .
Veni, vidi, velcro . . . I came, I saw, I stuck around.
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A Life Centered On Helping Others Live In Complete Sobriety
"Quite as important was the discovery that spiritual
principles would solve all my problems."
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 42
Through the recovery process described in the Big Book, I
have come to realize that the same instructions that work on
my alcoholism, work on much more. Whenever I am angry
or frustrated, I consider the matter a manifestation of the
main problem within me, alcoholism. As I "walk" through
the Steps, my difficulty is usually dealt with long before I
reach the Twelfth "suggestion," and those difficulties that
persist are remedied when I make an effort to carry the
message to someone else. These principles do solve my
problems! I have not encountered an exception, and I have
been brought to a way of living which is satisfying and
The capacity to learn is a gift…the ability to learn is a skill…the willingness to learn is a choice…Brian Herbert
We seek the answer. Sometimes we think we have found a central truth and later learn that beneath it is another truth.
Or…what seemed so crucial as a guiding principle for our lives last year is still true but not as crucial. It is like trying to take a snapshot of a changing world while the camera itself is changing.
Some of us in our hunger for security grab for "absolute" truths, which are not absolute.
We must continue forever to be eager learners.
In stepping across a stream from one floating log to another, we must resist the temptation to become overcommitted to staying in an especially secure looking place, or we will never reach the opposite shore.
Even our Spiritual Program of Action…the Twelve Steps…the Twelve Traditions…and the Twelve Concepts of Service…are given to us as a "suggested" program of recovery…and it is this SUGGESTED program that works because it takes us out of our rigid ways. We are continually made new. That is the vitality of the spiritual life.
God, help me to be open to new opinions…to things I had never thought of on my own.
Love, from my heart to yours,
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