Your Daily Reprieve for Monday December 30, 2019
From Jacksonville, FL
No story comes alive until someone hears it.
We are all faced with a series of great opportunities
brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems.
~John W. Gardner
One measure of how creative you are
is how you respond to changes in your circumstances and environment.
How flexible are you?
Consider how water adapts to its environment:
evaporation, condensation, snowflake, melting,
flowing, goes around rocks, fills containers, etc."
“More than a million of us who suffer from the disease of alcoholism
have found not just the ability to live with or survive this insidious disease,
but a joyful way of life as new as this morning and as old as mankind.
We can gain sobriety, aspire to serenity, at no greater price
than caring for our fellow sufferers and sharing with them
what has been freely given to us.
We can experience the true joy of love
that we once tried to destroy by not giving it away,
and we can learn the truth that the more we give away,
the more we will have.”
~Grapevine: Brick Town, New Jersey, January 1977
Big Book Quote
"It may seem incredible that these men are to become happy, respected,
and useful once more. How can they rise out of such misery, bad repute
and hopelessness? The practical answer is that since these things have
happened among us, they can happen with you. Should you wish them above
all else, and be willing to make use of our experience, we are sure
they will come."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, A Vision For You, pg. 153~
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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 Carol H. (Amarillo, TX)…..13
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 Four - "Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves."
The sponsors of those who feel they need no inventory are confronted with quite another problem. This is because people who are driven by pride of self unconsciously blind themselves to their liabilities. These newcomers scarcely need comforting. The problem is to help them discover a chink in the walls their ego has built, through which the light of reason can shine.
A.A. Thought For The Day
To the extent that I fail in my responsibilities, A.A.
fails. To the extent that I succeed, A.A. succeeds. Every
failure of mine will set back A.A. work to that extent.
Every success of mine will put A.A. ahead to that extent.
I shall not wait to be drafted for service to others,
but I shall volunteer. I shall accept every opportunity to
work for A.A. as a challenge, and I shall do my best to
accept every challenge and perform my task
as best I can. Will I accept every challenge gladly?
Meditation For The Day
People are always failures in the deepest sense when they seek
to live without God's sustaining power. Many people try to be
self-sufficient and seek selfish pleasure and find that it
does not workb too well. No matter how much material wealth
they acquire, no matter how much fame and material power,
the time of disillusionment and futility usually comes.
Death is ahead, and they cannot take any material thing
with them when they go. What does it matter if I have gained
the whole world, but lost my own soul?
Prayer For The Day
I pray that I will not come empty to the end of my life. I
pray that I may so live that I will not be afraid to die.
(\ ~~ /)
( \(AA)/ )
(_ /AA\ _)
Carrying the Message
"Alcoholics simply will not listen to a paid twelfth-stepper. Almost from the beginning, we have been positive that face-to-face work with the alcoholic who suffers could be based only on the desire to help and be helped. When an A.A. talks for money, whether at a meeting or to a single newcomer, it can have a very bad effect on him, too. The money motive compromises him and everything he says and does for his prospect. This has always been so obvious that only a very few A.A.'s have ever worked the Twelfth Step for a fee."
c. 1952 AAWS
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 166
Thought to Consider . .
There is no materialism in A.A. - just spirituality.
A S A P
Always Say A Prayer
Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions,
ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 564
Tradition Twelve became important early in my sobriety
and, along with the Twelve Steps, it continues to be a must
in my recovery. I became aware after I joined the
Fellowship that I had personality problems, so that when I
first heard it, the Tradition's message was very clear: there
exists an immediate way for me to face, with others, my
alcoholism and attendant anger, defensiveness,
offensiveness. I saw Tradition Twelve as being a great egodeflator;
it relieved my anger and gave me a chance to
utilize the principles of the program. All of the Steps, and
this particular Tradition, have guided me over decades of
continuous sobriety. I am grateful to those who were here
when I needed them.
Letting Go of Urgency
One thing at a time. That’s all we have to do. Not two things at once, but one thing done in peace.
One task at a time. One feeling at a time. One day at a time. One problem at a time. One step at a time. One pleasure at a time.
Relax. Let go of urgency. Begin calmly now. Take one thing at a time.
See how everything works out?
Today, I will peacefully approach one thing at a time. When in doubt, I will take first things first.
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