Your Daily Reprieve for Friday April 3, 2020
From Waynesville, NC
"Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it,
for that determines our success or failure.
The way you think about a fact may defeat you
before you ever do anything about it.
You are overcome by the fact because you think you are."
~Norman Vincent Peale
Be good to each other,
that was the prevailing belief of Marcus’s (Aurelius) life.
A disease like the plague, “can only threaten your life,”
he said in Meditations,
but evil, selfishness, pride, hypocrisy, fear—
these things “attack our humanity.”
~The Daily Stoic
In times like these, it’s easy to feel stressed and fearful.
That’s because you hear too much of what you truly don't understand.
Learn more, stress less. God blessed you with the gift of knowledge
- use it wisely and live brilliantly.
“Through uncovering and admitting my character defects,
I realized that I was no different than the people I was so afraid of.
I understood that we were all suffering and that I didn’t need
to disguise my authentic self.”
~Grapevine: Cornwall, Ontario, January 2005
Big Book Quote
"...we have ceased fighting anything or anyone— even alcohol."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Into Action, pg. 84~
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6/10 Bob S. (Akron, OH).....84
APRIL 2020 Miracles
4/1 Jack D. Hampton, NH)…..51
4/1 Kevin B. (Godshill, UK)…..32
4/1 Cary W. (Palm City, FL)…..13
4/1 Valerie A. (Phoenix, AZ)…..2
4/1 Ron F. (Cincinnati, OH)…..43
4/1 Joyce G. (Haverhill, MA)…..32
4/1 Janie C. (Lynbrook, NY)…..30
4/1 Ray D. (Hot Springs, NC/Exeter, NH)…..34
4/1 Brian N. (Diamondhead, MS)…..7
4/2 Justin L. (Waynesville, NC)…..2
4/2 Julian M. (St. Albans, UK)…..2
4/3 Leigh A. ()…..22
4/4 Tim D. (Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica)…..9
4/4 Bob C. (Akron, OH)…..18
4/5 Mark S. (Southampton, Hants, UK)…..2
4/6 Eugene R. (Barcelona, Spain)…..6
4/6 Nick E. (East Twickenham, UK)…..21
4/7 Mark V. (Indian Trail NC)…..5
4/7 Thorson R. (Wellington, FL)…..3
4/7 Madeleine M. (Groveland, MA)......37
4/7 Corry P. (New York)…..2
4/7 Walt C. (College Station, TX)…..6
4/8 Paul K. (Akron, OH)…..16
4/9 Travis C. (Eureka, CA)…..1
4/9 Dayton H. (NYC, NY)…..30
4/10 Tony K. (Jacksonville, FL)…..3
4/10 Kevin L. ()…..37
4/11 Diane L. (Panama City Beach, FL)…..42
4/11 Diane M. (Waynesville, NC/Jax, FL)…..12
4/11 Jeremy S. (Austin, TX)…..8
4/11 Emily W. (Astoria, NY)…..6
4/11 Jerry W. (Walker, LA)…..47
4/12 Kathy McQ. ()…..12
4/14 Barbara B. ()…..1
4/14 Sue B. (Waynesville, NC)…..10
4/15 Erin S. (Wayland/Nantucket MA)…..15
4/15 Kelly McG. (Edison, NJ)…..5
4/15 Larry R. (Westchester, NY)…..41
4/16 Angela S. (Dallas, TX)…..1
4/17 Cecily T. (New York, NY)…..11
4/18 Steve Q. (Kauai, HI)…...12
4/18 Brad G. (St. Louis, MO)…..19
4/19 Joanna J. (Port St. Lucie, FL)…..39
4/21 Tom Mc. (Leesburg, FL)…..50
4/22 Becky S. (Knoxville, TN)…..10
4/22 Jack C. (Conroe, TX)…..1
4/23 Steve W. (Syracuse, NY/Indialantic, FL)…..15
4/24 Larry C. (Davenport, FL)…..30
4/24 Sam F. (New York City)…..2
4/24 Paul C. ()…..44
4/24 Fran D. ()…..45
4/25 Mark S. (Port Crane, NY)…..5
4/27 Norma D. (Haverhill, MA).....9
4/28 Brian C. (Davenport, FL)…..22
4/28 Bobby S. (South Boston, MA)…..18
4/30 Sandra M. (Airdrie, Scotland)…..31
1026 Total Years of Sobriety
Step Eight - "Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all."
Whenever our pencil falters, we can fortify and cheer ourselves by remembering what A.A. experience in this Step has meant to others. It is the beginning of the end of isolation from our fellows and from God.
A.A. Thought For The Day
When I was drinking, I was absolutely selfish, I thought
of myself first, last, and always. The universe revolved
around me at the center. When I woke up in the morning
with a hangover, my only thought was how terrible I felt
and about what I could do to make myself feel better. And
the only thing I could think of was more liquor. To quit
was impossible. I couldn't see beyond myself and my own
need for another drink. Can I now look out and beyond my
Meditation For The Day
Remember that the first quality of greatness is service.
In a way, God is the greatest servant of all, because He
is always waiting for us to call on Him to help us in all
good endeavors. His strength is always available to us,
but we must ask it of Him through our own free will. It
is a free gift, but we must sincerely seek for it. A
life of service is the finest life we can live. We are
here on earth to serve others. That is the beginning and
the end of our real worth.
Prayer For The Day
I pray that I may cooperate with God in all good things.
I pray that I may serve God and others and so lead a
useful and happy life.
(\ ~~~ /)
( \(AA)/ )
(_ /AA\ _)
"As the doubter tries the process of prayer, he should begin to add up the results. If he persists, he will surely find more serenity, more tolerance, less fear, and less anger. He will acquire a quiet courage, the kind that isn't tension-ridden. He can look at 'failure' and 'success' for what these really are. Problems and calamity will begin to mean his instruction, instead of his destruction. Wonderful and unaccountable things will start to happen."
Bill W., Box 1980: The AA Grapevine, June 1958
As Bill Sees It, p. 321
Thought to Consider . . .
Trying to pray is praying.
ACCEPTING OUR HUMANNESS
We finally saw that the inventory should be ours, not the
other man's So we admitted our wrongs honestly and
became willing to set these matters straight.
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 222
Why is it that the alcoholic is so unwilling to accept
responsibility? I used to drink because of the things that
other people did to me. Once I came to A.A. I was told to
look at where I had been wrong. What did I have to do with
all these different matters? When I simply accepted that I
had a part in them, I was able to put it on paper and see it
for what it was —humanness. I am not expected to be
perfect! I have made errors before and I will make them
again. To be honest about them allows me to accept
them—and myself—and those with whom I had the
differences; from there, recovery is just a short distance
The "Slipper" Needs Understanding
"Slips can often be charged to rebellion; some of us are more rebellious than others. Slips may be due to the illusion that one can be 'cured' of alcoholism. Slips can also be charged to carelessness and complacency. Many of us fail to ride out these periods sober. Things go fine for two or three years--then the member is seen no more. Some of us suffer extreme guilt because of vices or practices that we can't or won't let go of. Too little self-forgiveness and too little prayer--well, this combination adds up to slips.
"Then some of us are far more alcohol-damaged than others. Still others encounter a series of calamities and cannot seem to find the spiritual resources to meet them. There are those of us who are physically ill. Others are subject to more or less continuous exhaustion, anxiety, and depression. These conditions often play a part in slips--sometimes they are utterly controlling."
From AS BILL SEES IT TALK, 1960
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