Your Daily Reprieve for Sunday February 16, 2020
From Jacksonville, FL
"If the grass looks greener on the other side...
Stop staring. Stop comparing. Stop complaining.
Start watering the grass that you're standing on."
“Every sponsor is necessarily a leader.
The stakes are huge. A human life,
and usually the happiness of a whole family, hangs in the balance.
What the sponsor does and says,
how well he estimates the reactions of his prospects,
how well he times and makes his presentation,
how well he handles criticisms and how well
he leads his prospect on by personal spiritual example -- well,
these attributes of leadership can make all the difference,
often the difference between life and death.”
~ Bill W., April 1959, The Language of the Heart
"You can't just sit down and talk about the truth.
It doesn't work that way.
You have to live it and be part of it
and you might get to know it."
--Rolling Thunder, CHEROKEE
“Trying to understand God's miracles
and why he performs them, at least for this alcoholic,
is something better left to God.
I need only say ‘Thank you.’”
~Grapevine: New Haven, Conn., April 1992
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3rd Step Prayer:
"God, I offer myself to Thee to build with me and to do with
me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better
do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may
bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy
Way of life. May I do Thy will always!"
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, How It Works, pg. 63
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February 2020 Miracles
2/1 Gillian L. (Brighton, UK)…..20
2/1 Diane O’D. (Buffalo, NY)…..7
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2/2 Edie P. (Methuen, MA)…..30
2/2 Jennifer W. (St. Mary’s, GA)…..4
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2/3 Joe G. (Ponte Vedra, FL)…..4
2/3 Emmanuel Z. (Pensacola, FL)…..6
2/3 Meredith T. (Santa Fe, NM)…..23
2/3 Fred W. (Honolulu, HI)…..29
2/4 Bob F. (New Rochelle, NY)…..5
2/5 Alan B. ()…..1
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2/5 Jane S. (Newfound Lake, NH)…..11
2/6 Nick D. (New York, NY)…..21
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2/7 Chick B. (Salt Lake City, UT)…..20
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2/7 Vance H. (Jacksonville, AR)…..15
2/7 Lorin C. (East Sandwich, MA)…..23
2/8 Patti L. (Tampa. FL)…..43
2/8 Kelly H. (Morristown, NJ)…..10
2/9 Roberta C. (Cape Coral, FL)……6
2/9 Darlene A. (Key Largo, FL)…..26
2/9 Jeff S. (Hillsdale, NJ)…..29
2/9 Jason G. (Dominical, Costa Rica)…..6
2/10 Judson G. (Fort Lauderdale, FL)…..51
2/10 Howard S. (Colonia, NJ)…..6
2/10 Kay H. (Palmyra, VA)…..31
2/11 Steve B. (Wenham, MA)…..40
2/12 Gary S. (New York, NY)…..37
2/12 Huston A. (Houston, TX)…..2
2/12 Tom B. (Port Charlotte, FL)…..30
2/12 Pamela H. (Sparta, TN)…..10
2/12 Julie K. (Wausau, WI)…..8
2/12 Bob J. (Harrison, NY)…..6
2/12 Betty P. Valparaiso, IN)…..36
2/12 Nancy O. (South Jersey)…..8
2/12 Scott H. (New York, NY)…..4
2/13 Tom B. (Madeleine Island, WI)…..31
2/14 Richard B. (North Port, FL)…..10
2/14 Laura C. (Basking Ridge, NJ)…..5
2/14 Charles V. (Morristown, NJ)…..2
2/14 Zach G. (Plymouth, MA)…..10
2/15 Josh D. (Bath, UK)…..15
2/15 Daniel H. (Tampa/Brandon, FL)…..34
2/15 John T. (Connecticut)…..33
2/16 Joanne L. (Waynesville, NC)…..14
2/16 Clarence Mc (Port Charlotte, FL)…..45
2/16 Nancy B. (North Port, FL)…..37
2/17 Jamie R. (Cape Cod, MA)…..5
2/17 Noel S. (Harrison, NY)…..11
2/17 Pete R. (Basking Ridge, NJ)…..9
2/17 Luke R. (Bluffton, SC)…..19
2/17 David H. (Rye, NH)…..42
2/17 Greg J. (New York, NY)…..3
2/18 Allan C. (No. Andover, MA)…..9
2/18 Jim P. (Jacksonville, FL)…..18
2/18 Michael P. (Elmont, NY)…..28
2/18 Alex Z. (Houston, TX)…..5
2/18 Marcia T. (Sag Harbor, NY)…..35
2/19 Debi K. East Norwich, NY)…..17
2/19 Michelle T. (Bluffton, SC)…..1
2/9 Joe R (Astoria, NY)…..3
2/20 Arch S. (Chicago, IL)…..31
2/20 Cami M. (Minden, LA)…..10
2/20 Jackie M. (basking Ridge, NJ)…..14
2/20 Dorothy (New York, NY)…..28
2/20 Mary S. (Apex, NC)…..18
2/21 Mike D. (Nantucket, MA)…..27
2/22 Marshall T. (Nantucket/Venice, FL)…..22
2/22 Casey Q. (Manchvegas, NH)…..27
2/22 Michael W. (Key West, FL)…..13
2/23 Daniel R. ()…..3
2/23 Scott J. (Victorville, CA)…..6
2/24 Betsy W. (Sarasota, FL)…..31
2/25 Judy S. (Los Angeles, CA)…..39
2/25 Bonnie A. (Cape Cod, MA)…..40
2/26 John G. (Stuart, FL)…..35
2/27 David H. (Rye, NY)…..31
2/27 Julie M. (Amelia Island, FL)…..8
2/27 Neil R. (Queens, NY)…6
2/28 Tony T. (Austin, TX)…..1
2/28 Polly S. (Clearwater, FL)…..28
2/28 Matt M. (Pelham, NY)…..10
2/29 Royce Mc. (Unicoi, TN)…..24
1780 Total Years of Sobriety
Step Six - "Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character."
Since most people are born with an abundance of natural desires,
It isnâ€™t strange that we often let these far exceed
Their intended purpose. When they drive us blindly, or we
Willfully demand that they supply us with more satisfactions
or pleasures than are possible or due us, that is the point at
which we depart from the degree of perfection that God
wishes for us here on earth. That is the measure of our char-
acter defects, or, if you wish, of our sins.
A.A. Thought For The Day
One drink started a train of thought that became an obsession, and
from then on, we couldn't stop drinking. We developed a mental
compulsion to keep drinking until we got good and drunk. People
generally make two mistakes about alcoholism. One mistake is that
it can be cured by physical treatment only. The other mistake is that
it can be cured by willpower only. Most alcoholics have tried both of
these and have found that they don't work. But we members of A.A.
have found a way to arrest alcoholism. Have I got over my obsession
by following the A.A. program?
Meditation For The Day
I will try to be unruffled, no matter what happens. I will keep my
emotions in check, although others about me are letting theirs go. I
will keep calm in the face of disturbance, keep that deep, inner calm
through all the experiences of the day. In the rush of work and
worry, the deep, inner silence is necessary to keep me on an even
keel. I must learn to take the calm with me into the most hurried
Prayer For The Day
I pray that I may be still and commune with God.
I pray that I may learn patience, humility, and peace.
(\ ~~ /)
( \(AA)/ )
(_ /AA\ _)
If you are as seriously alcoholic as we were, we believe there is no middle-of-the-road solution. We were in a position where life was becoming impossible, and if we had passed into the region from which there is no return through human aid, we had but two alternatives: One was to go on to the bitter end, blotting out the consciousness of our intolerable situation as best we could; and the other, to accept spiritual help.
c. 2001 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 25
Thought to Consider . . .
The solution is simple. The solution is spiritual.
F E A R
Forget Everything and Run
Understanding is the key to right principles and attitudes,
and right action is the key to good living.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 125
There came a time in my program of recovery when the
third stanza of the Serenity Prayer—"The wisdom to know
the difference"—became indelibly imprinted in my mind.
From that time on, I had to face the ever-present
knowledge that my every action, word and thought was
within, or outside, the principles of the program. I could no
longer hide behind self-rationalization, nor behind the
insanity of my disease. The only course open to me, if I
was to attain a joyous life for myself (and subsequently for
those I love), was one in which I imposed on myself an
effort of commitment, discipline, and responsibility.
The Program in a Nutshell
I heard this at a meeting the other night, “The first three Steps are a gift. The last three Steps are maintenance (and growth). The Steps in between turn us into people who won’t use again.” I can’t quibble with that. Step 1 and Step 2 came to me the instant I asked for help: (1) I admitted I couldn’t handle my life any more, and (2). God took over through treatment and AA.
Step 3 is a gift because it represents the bestowal of grace, but it was nevertheless a gift I had to work for. I had to break down and renounce a lot of the old attitudes before the willingness to do God’s will came to me. Oftentimes Step 3 remains a gift I have to work for because there is no guarantee I will wake up willing every day. In this respect, I often work Steps 3 and 11 simultaneously, praying for the willingness to work God’s will and the power to do so.
Steps 4 through 9 are the Action Steps and each one hurt, though not in any way that I could not stand. Each Step helped me get rid of some of the old me. Steps 4 and 5 represent getting right with self; Steps 6 and 7 represent getting right with God and Steps 8 and 9 represent getting right others.
In each of these Action Steps I am working to define, understand, excise and make amends for behavior which resulted from the uncontrolled exercise of character defects. By writing out and admitting what I have done wrong I am asking for help and for forgiveness from myself. By becoming willing to have God remove my character defects and asking Him to do so, I am am asking God for help and forgiveness. By listing and making amends to the people I have harmed, I am am asking them for help and forgiveness.
Remember that passage from the Twelve and Twelve, that we’re never been able to form a true relationship with another human being? Here in the Action Steps we are forming new partnerships - with self, with God, with others. We are saying we are willing to work together, not skate by on illusions and unrealistic dreams.
We are saying we are willing to try again, and Steps 10 through 12 help us make our efforts stick by encouraging good relations with self in Step 10, good relations with God in Step 11, and good relations with others in Step 12.
Stephen Beal, Editor, Stepping Stones to Recovery for Men
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