Your Daily Reprieve for Saturday May 2, 2020
From Waynesville, NC
“To be open, I must believe there is something to be open to;
that’s what I mean by spirituality.
At the very least, I need openness to my own future.”
~Grapevine: San Francisco, California, August 1995
Gratitude is one of the sweet shortcuts
to finding peace of mind and happiness inside.
No matter what's going on outside of us,
there's always something we could be grateful for.
~Barry Neil Kaufman
Spirit has placed a dream in your heart for a better world,
Starting with your family, extending to your work,
community, country and stretching beyond your nation.
Speak your truth and inspire others,
for you are meant to make a significant and sizable difference.
--Mary Manin Morrissey
"Guidance isn't being told which action to take or not to take.
Guidance is God's gift of peace - from which we proceed.
The peace dissolves the question,
and we simply do what we do in peace."
Big Book Quote
"Step Eleven suggests prayer and meditation.
We shouldn’t be shy on this matter of prayer.
Better men than we are using it constantly."
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Into Action, pg. 85
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6/10 Bob S. (Akron, OH).....84
MAY 2020 Miracles
5/1 Stacey E. (Dothan, AL)…..14
5/1 Becky W. ()…..11
5/1 Rhonda B. (Texas)…..19
5/1 Bryan E. (NYC, NY)…..6
5/2 Eddie C. (Southampton, UK)…..20
5/2 Steve W. (Cape Cod)…..5
5/4 Regina M. (New York, NY)…..22
5/4 Jim L. (Waynesville, NC)…..1
5/4 Patrick R. (Happy Valley, MA)…..9
5/5 Ricky M. (Palm Coast, FL)…..6
5/5 Denny M. (Leesburg, FL)…..38
5/8 Elizabeth H. (Brick, NJ)…..10
5/8 Rossana G. (East Lansing, MI)…..26
5/9 Stuart, O. (Springfield, VA)…..8
5/10 Randy Y. (Chattanooga, TN)…..1
5/10 Steven N. (Northport, FL)…..8
5/10 Rick P. (Seabrook, NH)…..13
5/10 John H. (Miami, FL)…..38
5/11 Sarah D. (New York City)…..1
5/13 Gary V. (Portage, IN)…..34
5/14 Kathy S. (Atkinson, NH)…..31
5/14 Orry M. (Norwalk, CT)…..1
5/16 Donna K. ()…..1
5/17 Deanna P. (Ellsworth, ME)…..4
5/17 Sanjay C. (Astoria, NY)…..2
5/17 Alan T. (University Park, FL)…..27
5/17 Kimberly K. (Bridgewater, NJ)…..2
5/18 Jessica H. (Boca Raton, FL)…..2
5/19 Rachelle S. ()…..27
5/20 Kay W. ()…..1
5/24 Harry K. (Velez, Spain)…..27
5/26 Mark D. (South Berwick, ME)…..17
5/26 Drew P. (Huntersville, NC)…..5
5/26 Kate W. (Cape Cod)…..5
5/27 Ryan W. (Nantucket, MA)…..2
5/28 Phil K. (Port Charlotte, FL)…..45
5/29 Harvey P. (Burlington, VT)…..12
5/29 Allen V. (Phoenicia/Astoria. NY)…..12
5/29 Kathleen S. (Bernardsville, NJ)…..19
5/31 Art D. (Mequon, WI)…..36
0500 Total Years of Sobriety
Step Ten - "Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it."
Having so considered our day, not omitting to take due note of things well done, and having searched our hearts with neither fear nor favor, we can truly thank God for the blessings we have received and sleep in good conscience.
A.A. Thought For The Day
In A.A. we often hear the slogan "Easy Does It." Alcoholics
always do everything to excess. They drink too much. They
worry too much. They have too many resentments. They hurt
themselves physically and mentally by too much of everything.
So when they come into A.A., they have to learn to take it
easy. None of us knows how much longer we have to live. Its
probable that we wouldn't have lived very long if we had
continued to drink the way we used to. By stopping drinking,
we have increased our chances of living for a while longer.
Have I learned to take it easy?
Meditation For The Day
You must be before you can do. To accomplish much, be much.
In all cases, the doing must be the expression of the being.
It is foolish to think that we can accomplish much in personal
relationships without first preparing ourselves by being honest,
pure, unselfish, and loving. We must choose the good and keep
choosing it, before we are ready to be used by God to accomplish
anything worthwhile. We will not be given the opportunities
until we are ready for them. Quiet times of communion with the
Higher Power are good preparation for creative action.
Prayer For The Day
I pray that I may constantly prepare myself for better things
to come. I pray that I may only have opportunities when I am
ready for them.
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"As newcomers, many of us have indulged in spiritual intoxication. Like a prospector, belt drawn in over the last ounce of food, we saw our pick strike gold. Joy at our release from a lifetime of frustration knew no bounds. The newcomer feels he has struck something better than gold. He may not see at once that he has barely scratched a limitless lode which will pay dividends only if he mines it for the rest of his life and insists on giving away the entire product."
Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 128-9
As Bill Sees It, p. 57
Thought to Consider . . .
We give it away to keep it.
T H I N K
The Happiness I Never Knew
LIGHTING THE DARK PAST
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
No longer is my past an autobiography; it is a reference
book to be taken down, opened and shared. Today as I
report for duty, the most wonderful picture comes through.
For, though this day be dark— as some days must be—the
stars will shine even brighter later. My witness that they do
shine will be called for in the very near future. All my past
will this day be a part of me, because it is the key, not the
Take a risk. Take a chance.
We do not have to indulge in obviously foolhardy or self-defeating risks, but we can allow ourselves to take positive risks in recovery. We cannot afford to keep ourselves paralyzed.
We do not have to keep ourselves stymied and trapped out of fear of making a mistake or failing. Naturally, we will make mistakes and fail from time to time. That's part of being fully alive. There are no guarantees. If we are waiting for guaranteed courses of action, we may spend much of our life waiting.
We do not have to shame ourselves or accept shame from anyone else, even those in recovery, for making mistakes. The goal of recovery is to live, learn our lessons, and make overall progress.
Take a risk. Do not always wait for a guarantee. We don't have to listen to "I told you so." Dust yourself off after a mistake, and then move on to the success.
God, help me begin to take healthy risks. Help me let go of my fear of failure and help me let go of my fear of success. Help me let go of my fear of fully living my life and help me start experiencing all parts of this journey.
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