Your Daily Reprieve for Sunday May 3, 2020
From Waynesville, NC
"In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities."
Life does not consist mainly
-- or even largely –
of facts and happenings.
It consists mainly
of the storm of thoughts
that is forever blowing through one's head..
Never forget to appreciate your freedom.
You are free to enjoy the blessings of prayer, work, and play.
You are free to give blessings of kind thoughts, words, and deeds.
You are free to love God, God's people, creatures, and all of nature.
God blesses you; you are free.
How much pain they have cost us,
the evils which have never happened.
~ Thomas Jefferson
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"It is plain that a life which includes deep resentment leads only to futility and unhappiness. To the precise extent that we permit these, do we squander the hours that might have been worth while."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, How It Works, pg. 66~
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It will look like this :
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
5/2 Marcia U. (Waynesville, NV)…..24
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
5/7 Leo H. (South Wales, UK).....15
5/7 Anthony A. (Mamaroneck, NY)…..24
5/8 Elizabeth H. (Brick, NJ)…..10
5/8 Mark C. (Kodak, TN)…..6
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
5/15 Orry M. (Norwalk, CT)…..1
5/15 Bill O. (East Hampton, NY)…..16
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
5/29 B.S. Billy (Portsmouth, RI)…..22
5/31 Art D. (Mequon, WI)…..36
0607 Total Years of Sobriety
Step Eleven - "Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out."
Prayer and meditation are our principal means of conscious contact with God.
We A.A.'s are active folk, enjoying the satisfactions of dealing with the realities of life, usually for the first time in our lives, and strenuously trying to help the next alcoholic who comes along. So it isn't surprising that we often tend to slight serious meditation and prayer as something not really necessary. To be sure, we feel it is something that might help us to meet an occasional emergency, but at first many of us are apt to regard it as a somewhat mysterious skill of clergymen, from which we may hope to get a secondhand benefit. Or perhaps we don't believe in these things at all.
A.A. Thought For The Day
A.A. teaches us to take it easy. We learn how to relax and
to stop worrying about the past or the future, to give up
our resentments and hates and tempers, to stop being
critical of people, and to try to help them instead.
That's what "Easy Does It" means. So in the time that's
left to me to live, I'm going to try to take it easy, to
relax and not to worry, to try to be helpful to others,
and to trust God. For what's left of my life, is my motto
going to be "Easy Does It"?
Meditation For The Day
I must overcome myself before I can truly forgive other
people for injuries done to me. The self in me cannot
forgive injuries. The very thought of wrongs means that
my self is in the foreground. Since the self cannot forgive,
I must overcome my selfishness. I must cease trying to
forgive those who fretted and wronged me. It is a mistake
for me even to think about these injuries. I must aim at
overcoming myself in my daily life and then I will find
there is nothing in me that remembers injury, because the
only thing injured, my selfishness, is gone.
Prayer For The Day
I pray that I may hold no resentments. I pray that my mind
may be washed clean of all past hates and fears.
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( \ (AA)/ )
(_ /AA\ _)
"I Am Responsible . . . When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A. always to be there. And for that: I am responsible."
Declaration of 30th Anniversary
International Convention, 1965
Thought to Consider . . .
Service is spirituality in action.
H A L T
Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired
Somehow, being alone with God doesn't seem as embarrassing
as facing up to another person. Until we
actually sit down and talk aloud about what we have so
long hidden, our willingness to clean house is still largely
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 60
It wasn't unusual for me to talk to God, and myself, about
my character defects. But to sit down, face to face, and
openly discuss these intimacies with another person was
much more difficult. I recognized in the experience,
however, a similar relief to the one I had experienced when
I first admitted I was an alcoholic. I began to appreciate the
spiritual significance of the program and that this Step was
just an introduction to what was yet to come in the
remaining seven Steps.
As Bill Sees It
Leadership In A.A., p. 224
No society can function well without able leadership at all its
levels, and A.A. can be no exception. But we A.A.'s sometimes
cherish the thought that we can do without much personal
leadership at all. We are apt to warp the traditional idea of
"principles before personalities" around to such a point that there
would be no "personality" in a leadership whatever. This would
imply rather faceless robots trying to please everybody.
A leader in A.A. service is a man (woman) who can personally put
principles, plans, and policies into such dedicated and effective
action that the rest of us naturally want to back him up and help him
with his job. When a leader power-drives us badly, we rebel; but
when he too meekly becomes an order-taker and he exercises no
judgment of his own--well, he really isn't a leader at all.
Twelve Concepts, pp. 38-39
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