Your Daily Reprieve for Tuesday April 28, 2020
From Waynesville, NC
"The world is going through a period of crisis,
but whether we look at it as a crisis
or as an opportunity to reshape our thinking,
depends on us.
So use this period as a lesson on how to live life
with a concern for all of humankind."
~ Abhijit Naskar
“Happiness is not a destination or an experience.
It's a decision.”
― Carlos Santana
I seldom end up where I wanted to go,
but almost always end up where I need to be.
“Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you’ve lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that’s good.” — Elizabeth Edwards
“The other Steps can keep most of us sober and somehow functioning. But Step Eleven can keep us growing, if we try hard and work at it continually.”
AA Co-Founder, Bill W., June 1958
Big Book Quote
"...with us, to drink is to die."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, How It Works, pg. 66~
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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
4/1 Sherry G. (Princeton, NJ)…..32
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
4/5 Tim F. (Hobe Sound, FL)…..31
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
4/7 Jane T. (Vancouver, BC)…..34
4/8 Paul K. (Akron, OH)…..16
4/8 Ashley G. (Miami, FL)…..8
4/8 Maureen K. (New Providence, NJ)…..10
4/9 Travis C. (Eureka, CA)…..1
4/9 Dayton H. (NYC, NY)…..30
4/9 Keith R. (Ixtlahaucan MX)…..1
4/9 Bobby M. (Smithtown, NY)…..5
4/10 Tony K. (Jacksonville, FL)…..3
4/10 Kevin L. (Cherry Hill, NJ)…..37
4/10 Chas T. (Aiken, SC)…..8
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
4/11 Chrissy M. (Succasunna, NJ)…..11
4/12 Kathy McQ. ()…..12
4/12 Kathleen M. (Kentucky)…..32
4/12 Lisa S. (Valley Cottage, NY)…..18
4/13 J.C. Donna S. (Little Egg Hbr, NJ)...33
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
4/16 Lindsay P. (Minneapolis, MN)…..4
4/17 Jay M. (Cleveland. OH)…..6
4/17 Cecily T. (New York, NY)…..11
4/17 Vicky M. (Waynesville, NC)…..39
4/17 Frank T. (Rocky Point, NY)…..11
4/17 Vince K. (Palm City, FL)…..38
4/17 Rich W. (Evanston, IL)…..3
4/18 Steve Q. (Kauai, HI)…...12
4/18 Brad G. (St. Louis, MO)…..19
4/18 Liz A. (Westfield, NJ)…..9
4/18 Babs J. (Cannon Beach, OR)…..1
4/19 Joanna J. (Port St. Lucie, FL)…..39
4/19 Lynn H. (Springfield, IL)…..38
4/19 Rex R. (Eureka, CA)…..6
4/21 Tom Mc. (Leesburg, FL)…..50
4/21 Elizabeth W. (The Main Line, PA)…..14
4/22 Becky S. (Knoxville, TN)…..10
4/22 Jeannie C. (Nantucket, MA)…..28
4/22 Mary D. (Evansville, IN)…..35
4/22 Jack C. (Conroe, TX)…..1
4/22 Ken D. (Dover Plains, NY)…..2
4/23 Dorothy V. (Placida, FL)…..16
4/23 Tom K. (Tampa FL/Canton, OH)…..25
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 Fran D. (Randolph, NJ)…..45
4/24 Paul G. (Exeter, NH)…..17
4/25 Mark S. (Port Crane, NY)…..5
4/25 Rourke H. (St Maarten, Dutch West Indies))…..21
4/26 Grainne F. (Dublin/Chaing Mai, Thailand)…..10
4/26 Margie W. ()…..3
4/26 Cliff M. (Newburyport, MA)…..10
4/27 Norma D. (Haverhill, MA).....9
4/27 Kathy C. (Princeton, NJ)…..12
4/27 Maureen (Port Charlotte, FL)…..31
4/27 Nesem G. (Basking Ridge, NJ)…..2
4/28 Brian C. (Davenport, FL)…..22
4/28 Laurie M. (New Jersey)…..35
4/28 Julie T. (Morristown, NJ)…..7
4/28 Bobby S. (South Boston, MA)…..18
4/28 Amanda S. (Newburgh, NY)…..2
4/28 John S. (Little Silver, NJ) ....33
4/29 Paul C. (New York/Florida)…..44
4/30 Sandra M. (Airdrie, Scotland)…..31
1717 Total Years of Sobriety
Step Ten - "Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it."
When evening comes, perhaps just before going to sleep, many of us draw up a balance sheet for the day. This is a good place to remember that inventory-taking is not always done in red ink. It's a poor day indeed when we haven't done something right. As a matter of fact, the waking hours are usually well filled with things that are constructive. Good intentions, good thoughts, and good acts are there for us to see. Even when we have tried hard and failed, we may chalk that up as one of the greatest credits of all. Under these conditions, the pains of failure are converted into assets. Out of them we receive the stimulation we need to go forward. Someone who knew what he was talking about once remarked that pain was the touchstone of all spiritual progress. How heartily we A.A.'s can agree with him, for we know that the pains of drinking had to come before sobriety, and emotional turmoil before serenity.
A.A. Thought For The Day
We're so glad to be free from liquor that we do something about
it. We get into action. We come to meetings regularly. We go out
and try to help other alcoholics. We pass on the good news
whenever we get a chance. In a spirit of thankfulness to God,
we get into action. The A.A. program is simple. Submit yourself
to God, find release from liquor, and get into action. Do these
things and keep doing them and you're all set for the rest of
your life. Have I got into action?
Meditation For The Day
God's eternal quest must be the tracking down of souls. You
should join Him in His quest. Through briars, through waste
places, through glades, up mountain heights, down into valleys.
God leads you. But ever with His leadership goes your helping
hand. Glorious to follow where the Leader goes. You are seeking
lost sheep. You are bringing the good news into places where it
has not been known before. You may not know which soul you will
help, but you can leave all results to God. just go with Him in
His eternal quest for souls.
Prayer For The Day
I pray that I may follow God in His eternal quest for souls.
I pray that I may offer God my helping hand.
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( \(AA)/ )
(_ /AA\ _)
"We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection. Our description of the alcoholic, the chapter to the agnostic, and our personal adventures before and after make clear three pertinent ideas:
(a) That we were alcoholic and could not manage our own lives.
(b) That probably no human power could have relieved our alcoholism.
(c) That God could and would if He were sought."
Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 60
Thought to Consider . . .
Every recovery from alcoholism began with one sober hour.
B I G B O O K
Believing In God Beats Our Old Knowledge
TWO "MAGNIFICENT STANDARDS"
All A.A. progress can be reckoned in terms of just two
words: humility and responsibility. Our whole spiritual
development can be accurately measured by our degree of
adherence to these magnificent standards.
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 271
To acknowledge and respect the views, accomplishments
and prerogatives of others and to accept being wrong shows
me the way of humility. To practice the principles of A.A.
in all my affairs guides me to be responsible. Honoring
these precepts gives credence to Tradition Four—and to all
other Traditions of the Fellowship. Alcoholics Anonymous
has evolved a philosophy of life full of valid motivations,
rich in highly relevant principles and ethical values, a view
of life which can be extended beyond the confines of the
alcoholic population. To honor these precepts I need only
to pray, and care for my fellow man as if each one were my
Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
As we go about our activities, we will have a richer day when we think of ourselves as painting a picture instead of keeping score. Rather than woodenly completing a task, we might approach it as something that can be made interesting. Instead of driving to work or riding the bus only to reach our destination, we might think of this routine as part of the picture we paint today. When a friend makes a comment, we might think of it as another brush stroke in our painting and join in with him, rather than making a game or contest, which we must try to win.
Many of us men were taught that success means having the highest score. So we have become compulsively competitive—always trying to be right, always striving for more financial security, or always pushing ourselves for some new achievement. Success may not be coming out on top. When our lives are lived as rich and interesting pictures, we find our rewards are far deeper and more lasting.
May the picture I paint today be one I will carry with me and appreciate.
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