Your Daily Reprieve for Tuesday January 28, 2020
From Jacksonville, FL
“If the day comes that I do drink again,
it will not be because I had no alternative.
It will be because I had an alternative,
provided by a loving God, but was unwilling to use it.”
~Grapevine: Syracuse, N.Y., October 1994
We descended from chimpanzees.
It’s the fact that we tend to react
to what’s immediately in front of our face,
like a cow or a dog or anything.
We bark and that’s who we are.
And we tend to always want things to be easier,
to take the path of least resistance.
We all have that lower part of our nature
and it’s a lot stronger, but at the same time,
there’s a higher self that we’re straining to become.
And maybe I’m being optimistic,
but I’m saying that everybody has that desire
to reach the higher self.
"Life doesn't define who you are.
YOU make life what it is."
The thoughts of yesterday or of last year do not matter now,
because if you can get the present thoughts right
it will make everything else right here and now.
The best way to prepare for tomorrow
is to make today's consciousness serene and harmonious.
Big Book Quote
"The delusion that we are like other people, or presently may be, has
to be smashed."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, More About Alcoholism, Page 30~
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January 2020 Miracles
January 2020 Miracles
1/1 Bob V. (Bernardsville, NJ)…..36
1/1 Severine W. (Sacramento, CA)…..3
1/1 Elena C. (NYC, NY)…..4
1/1 Nancy W. (Port Charlotte, FL)…..32
1/1 Joan B. (Port Charlotte, FL)…..31
1/1 Jessica C. (NYC, NY)…..6
1/1 Deirdre K. (Madison, NJ)…..15
1/1 John C. (Los Alamitos, CA)…..15
1/1 Ray A. (Surrey, BC, Canada)…..2
1/1 Lauren B. (Basking Ridge, NJ)…..2
1/1 Terrance R. (Morris Plains, NJ)…..26
1/1 James R. ()…..9
1/2 Joe B. (Jacksonville, FL)…..6
1/2 Robbie H. (White Rock, BC)…..7
1/2 Brian C. (Port Washington, NY)…..4
1/2 Mercedes G. (Tampa. FL)…..1
1/2 Joe D. (NYC,NY)…..1
1/2 Tara H. (Scarsdale, NY)…..5
1/2 Gregory B. (New York, NY)…..8
1/3 Billy M. (Louisville, KY)…..41
1/3 Johnyr (Stuart, FL)…..42
1/3 Grace C. (Stuart, FL)…..29
1/4 Nicola H. (Hertfordshire, UK)…..1
1/4 Kevin J. (RI)…..29
1/5 Donna M. (Port St Lucie, FL)…..46
1/5 Paola V. (London, UK)….14
1/5 Gwen F. (Key West, FL)…..12
1/5 Tim G. (Dallas, TX)…..8
1/6 Mike S. (Jacksonville, FL)…..14
1/6 Mary B. (Key Largo, FL)…..14
1/6 David M. (Las Vegas, NV)…..24
1/6 Ann OK-B (Stuart FL/Greenwich, CT)…..41
1/6 George R. (Stratham, NH)…..8
1/6 Karen F. (Clinton, NJ)…..2
1/7 Alexis E. (East Twickenham, UK)…..18
1/7 Ray W. (Long Island)…..8
1/7 Leo D. (Warren, NJ)…..22
1/7 Luke T. (Nantucket, MA)…..1
1/7 Liz O. (New York, NY)…..16
1/8 Alan J. (Stone Ridge, NY)…..12
1/8 Lou S. Sarasota, FL)…..7
1/9 Tefft W. (Washington, DC)…..35
1/9 Ginger E. (Southern Pines, NC)…..11
1/9 Jason M. (Rye, NY)…..20
1/10 Paula B. (Charleston, SC)…..37
1/10 Janice E. (Corpus Christi, TX)…..20
1/10 Tom D. (Dallas, TX)…..29
1/12 Padraic O. (Whistler, BC, Canada)…..7
1/12 David F. (Windermere, BC, CA)…..7
1/12 Shabab N. (Bethesda, MD)…..17
1/12 Lynne C. (Three Bridges, NJ)…..14
1/13 Tara M. (Larchmont, NY)…..7
1/13 Robbie H. (FL/VA)…..38
1/13 Ken R. (Norfolk, MA)…..17
1/13 John E. (Reading, UK)….5
1/13 Brian G. (Ridgewood, NJ)…..30
1/13 Rick H. (Vero Beach, FL)…..2
1/13 Dennis B. (Northport, FL)…..31
1/13 David S. (Boston, MA)…..34
1/14 Maria H. (New York, NY)…..26
1/14 Dot C. (Acton, MA)…..7
1/14 Nick M. (Asheville, NC/Denver.CO)…..26
1/14 Glenda Mc. (Leesburg, FL)…..42
1/15 Bob W. (Punta Gorda, FL)…..37
1/15 Sue J. (Palm Coast, FL)…..10
1/15 Mike R. (Englewood, NJ)…..29
1/15 Steve D. (Bernardsville, NJ)…..8
1/16 Jeff W. (Lake City, CO)…..15
1/16 Tree A. (San Anselmo, CA)…..31
1/17 Helen C. (Folkestone, UK)…..48
1/17 Scott M. (New York, NY)…..6
1/19 Rob W. (St Mary’s . GA) …..3
1/19 Rhonda L. (Stuart, FL)…..18
1/19 Carol L. (Aspen, CO)…..29
1/19 Alan S. (Hiawassee. GA)…..7
1/20 Paul M. (Shediac, NB, Canada)…..39
1/20 Peter G. (Scoudouc, NB, Canada)…..39
1/21 Levi S. (London, UK)…..5
1/21 Shane S. (Methuen, MA)…..1
1/21 Heather N. (Wylie,TX)…..23
1/21 Steve F. (Winter Park, FL)…..41
1/21 Brian Mc. (Mahwah, NJ)…..36
1/22 Stacey C. (Austin, TX)…..13
1/22 Keith B. (Stuart, FL)…..22
1/22 Paul S. (Exeter, NH)…..2
1/23 Mike C. (Solon, OH)…..5
1/23 Susie S. (Legarto, TX)…..25
1/24 Paul B. (Newburyport, MA)…..34
1/24 Vito (Saratoga Springs, NY)…..28
1/25 PJ C. (Bel Air, MD)…..5
1/25 Steve L. (Palm Coast, FL)…..2
1/25 Thomas Mac. (Airdrie, Scotland)…..31
1/26 Dana R. (Madison, CT)…..5
1/27 Iris M. F. (Naples, FL)…..22
1/28 Karen Ann B. (Stuart, FL)…..1
1/28 Sianna C. (Fargo, ND)……4
1/29 Jill M. (Alsip, IL)…..2
1/29 Sandra C. (Port St Lucie, FL)…..44
1/30 Keith C. (Denham Springs, LA)…..11
1/30 Collen S. (Bedminster, NJ)…..2
1/31 Bob P. (Jacksonville, NC)…..36
1/31 Diane B. (Cape Cod, MA)…..27
1/31 Sandy W, (East Hampton, NY)…..25
1/31 Kim J. (Streator, IL)…..9
1753 Total Years of Sobriety
Step Five - "Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs."
When we reached A.A., and for the first time in our lives stood among people who seemed to understand, the sense of belonging was tremendously exciting. We thought the isolation problem had been solved. But we soon discovered that while we weren't alone any more in a social sense, we still suffered many of the old pangs of anxious partners. Until we had talked with complete candor of our conflicts, and had listened to someone else do the same thing, we still didn't belong. Step Five was the answer. It was the beginning of true kinship with man and God.
A.A. Thought For The Day
What a load hangovers put on your shoulders! What terrible physical punishment we've
all been through. The pounding headaches and jumpy nerves, the shakes and the jitters,
the hot and cold sweats! When you come into A.A. and stop drinking, that terrible
load of hangovers falls off your shoulders. What a load remorse puts on your shoulders!
That terrible mental punishment we've all been through. Ashamed of the things
you've said and done. Afraid to face people because of what they might think of you.
Afraid of the consequences of what you did when you were drunk. What an awful beating
the mind takes! When you come into A.A., that terrible load of remorse falls off your
shoulders. Have I gotten rid of these loads of hangovers and remorse?
Meditation For The Day
When you seek to follow the way of the spirit, it frequently means a complete reversal of
the way of the world that you had previously followed. But it is a reversal that leads to
happiness and peace. Do the aims and ambitions that a person usually strives for bring
peace? Do the world's awards bring heart rest and happiness? Or do they turn to ashes in
Prayer For The Day
I pray that I may not be weary, disillusioned, or disappointed. I pray that I may not put
my trust in the ways of the world, but in the way of the spirit.
(\ ~~ /)
( \(AA)/ )
(_ /AA\ _)
/ AA \
I looked around me at people who seemed happy and tried to analyze their happiness, and it seemed to me that without exception these people had something or somebody they loved very much. I didn't have the courage to love; I was not even sure I had the capacity. Fear of rejection and its ensuing pain were not to be risked . . .
c. 1976 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 546
(does not appear in 4th Edition)
Thought to Consider . . .
Courage is fear that has said its prayers.
THE TREASURE OF THE PAST
Showing others who suffer how we were given help is the
very thing which makes life seem so worth while to us now.
Cling to the thought that, in God's hands, the dark past is
the greatest possession you have—the key to life and
happiness for others. With it you can avert death and
misery for them.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 124
What a gift it is for me to realize that all those seemingly
useless years were not wasted. The most degrading and
humiliating experiences turn out to be the most powerful
tools in helping others to recover. In knowing the depths of
shame and despair, I can reach out with a loving and
compassionate hand, and know that the grace of God is
available to me.
From the movie "My Name Is Bill W."
Hallmark Hall of Fame
April 30, 1989
1989 by Warner Brothers
Starring James Wood as Bill Wilson
The scene is a living room. Bill is just down from another drunk and Lois comes home from work and sees him peering out a window. Hanging up her coat, she walks into the room and asks:
"Does it have anything to do with me...your drinking?" asks Lois.
"No, it's not you. It's me."
"Why? Why do you do it to yourself?" she asks.
"I've been standing here all afternoon asking myself the same question. I look out the window and I watch all the normal people walking by. It's funny, I don't think I've ever felt really normal all my life, I mean like other people. I feel different somehow, like I don't really measure up. Ever since I can remember, I've had this feeling, deep down in my gut...scared. I see people laughing, at ease with each other. I'm on the outside looking in, afraid that I won't be accepted. And then overseas, I found that a drink...a few drinks...makes me feel comfortable, like I always want to feel. It gives me courage...to be with people, do things...to dream. The money, the success, the respect...it was all good for a while, but it never seems enough. I always want doubles of everything to make me feel alive, worthwhile inside. And then, it all began to slip away. I feel cheated, angry, always so full of fear...so I drink. More. And it makes it OK for a while. I convince myself that things wi ll turn around, tomorrow, soon. That I'll make it all up to you. But it only gets worse. I...I keep promising you, others, myself...'That's it, no more, going on the wagon. THAT'S IT!' And I think I mean it. But the guilt and the depression...I can't look in the mirror, or at you...especially at you. I've stopped believing in everything, people, God, myself. I know it sounds insane, Lois, but in spite of all this, what I want right now more than anything else...is another drink."
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