Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Your Daily Reprieve 05.21.20

Your Daily Reprieve for Thursday May  21, 2020

From Waynesville, NC

"Train your mind to see the good in everything.
Positivity is a choice.
The happiness of your life
depends on the quality of your thoughts."

Two kinds of gratitude:
the sudden kind we feel for what we take,
the larger kind we feel for what we give…
~E.A. Robinson

Emotional maturity is like serenity.
The first time I felt serene, I wondered what was happening,
but I liked the feeling and wanted more.
The more I got, the more I wanted.
Serenity is addictive.
~Dr. Paul O.

I have lived in this world just long enough
to look carefully the second time
into things that I am most certain of the first time.
~Josh Billings

Big Book Quote

"The fact is that most alcoholics, for reasons yet obscure, have lost
the power of choice in drink. Our so called will power becomes
practically nonexistent. We are unable, at certain times, to bring
into our consciousness with sufficient force the memory of the
suffering and humiliation of even a week or a month ago. We are
without defense against the first drink."

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, There Is A Solution, pg. 24~

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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 Melanie R. (NYC, NY)…..7
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
5/5 Susanna W. (Princeton, IN)…..31
5/5 Melissa C. (Hawaii)…..2
5/6 Chloe B. (Parsippany, NJ)…..20
5/7 Anthony A. (Mamaroneck, NY)…..24
5/7 Leo H. (Wales, UK)…..15
5/7 Echo W. (Lake City, CO)…..3
5/8 Elizabeth H. (Brick, NJ)…..10
5/8 Mark C. (Kodak, TN)…..6
5/8 Rossana G. (East Lansing, MI)…..26
5/8 Mickey B. (Southampton, NY)…..32
5/9 Stuart, O. (Springfield, VA)…..8
5/9 Pete D. (NYC, NY)…..9
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
5/10 Jim P. (Carmel, CA)…..9
5/11 Sarah D. (New York City)…..1
5/11 Vaugn T. (Gladstone, NJ)…..16
5/12 Beth N. (Orlando, FL)…..23
5/12 Pat P. (Punta Gorda, FL)…..14
5/13 Gary V. (Portage, IN)…..34
5/13 Linda K. (Deerfield, IL)…..34
5/14 Kathy S. (Atkinson, NH)…..31
5/15 Orry M. (Norwalk, CT)…..1
5/15 Tricia (Rye, NY)…..26
5/15 Bill O. (East Hampton, NY)…..16
5/15 Chris W. (Stuart, Fl./Sao Pedro DaAldeia RJ, Brasil).....31
5/16 Donna K. ()…..1
5/17 Deanna P. (Ellsworth, ME)…..4
5/17 Sanjay C. (Astoria, NY)…..2
5/17 David “Livin’ My Dream” H. (Lewisburg, PA)…..30
5/17 Alan T. (University Park, FL)…..27
5/17 Kimberly K. (Bridgewater, NJ)…..2
5/17 John C. (East Hampton, NY)…..19
5/17 Lisa B/ (Paris, KY/Punt Gorda, FL)…..9
5/18 Jessica H. (Boca Raton, FL)…..2
5/19 Rachelle S. ()…..27
5/19 Becky T. (Haverstraw, NY)…..13
5/20 Kay W. (Amarillo, TX)…..1
5/20 Capt. Jeff E. (Pensacola, FL)…..8
5/21 Frank S. (NYC)…..2
5/22 Jamie S. (Mamaroneck, NY)…..18
5/23 Leo B. (Cleveland, OH)…..29
5/23 Phyllis C. ()…..27
5/24 Harry K. (Velez, Spain)…..27
5/26 Mark D. (South Berwick, ME)…..17
5/26 Drew P. (Huntersville, NC)…..5
5/26 Jerry S. (NYC, NY)…..38
5/26 Kate W. (Cape Cod)…..5
5/26 Lisa F. (NYC, NY)…..16
5/26 Lee T. (Clinton, CT)…..29
5/26 Monica F. (LA, CA)…..3
5/27 Ryan W. (Nantucket, MA)…..2
5/27 Becki V. (Waynesville, NC)…..8
5/28 Susan L (Westhampton, NY)…..7
5/28 Phil K. (Port Charlotte, FL)…..45
5/28 Heather M. D. (St Stephen, NB, Canada)…..30
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
5/29 George B. (Cleveland/Key Largo, FL)…..7
5/31 Art D. (Mequon, WI)…..36
5/31 Rhoda M. (East Hampton, NY)…..14
5/31 Irene L. (Lamoine, ME)…..32
5/31 Steve L. ()…..11

1214 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."

As the day goes on, we can pause where situations must be met and decisions made, and renew the simple request: "Thy will, not mine, be done." If at these points our emotional disturbance happens to be great, we will more surely keep our balance, provided we remember, and repeat to ourselves, a particular prayer or phrase that has appealed to us in our reading or meditation. Just saying it over and over will often enable us to clear a channel choked up with anger, fear, frustration, or misunderstanding, and permit us to return to the surest help of all--our search for God's will, not our own, in the moment of stress. At these critical moments, if we remind ourselves that "it is better to comfort than to be comforted, to understand than to be understood, to love than to be loved," we will be following the intent of Step Eleven.

pp. 102-103

Twenty-Four Hours

A.A. Thought For The Day

One of the finest things about A.A. is the sharing. Sharing is a
wonderful thing because the more you share the more you have. in our
old drinking days, we didn't do much sharing. We used to keep things
to ourselves, partly because we were ashamed, but mostly because we
were selfish. And we were very lonely because we didn't share. When
we came into A.A., the first thing we found was sharing. We heard
other alcoholics frankly sharing their experiences with hospitals, jails,
and all the usual mess that goes with drinking. Am I sharing?

Meditation For The Day

Character is developed by the daily discipline of duties done. Be
obedient to the heavenly vision and take the straight way. Do not fall
into the error of calling "Lord, Lord," and doing not the things that
should be done. You need a life of prayer and meditation, but you must
still do your work in the busy ways of life. The busy person is wise to
rest and wait patiently for God's guidance. If you are obedient to the
heavenly vision, you can be at peace.

Prayer For The Day

I pray that I may be obedient to the heavenly vision. I pray if I fall, I
will pick myself up and go on

Daily Thought
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"A business which takes no regular inventory usually goes broke. Taking a commercial inventory is a fact-finding and a fact-facing process. If the owner of the business is to be successful, he cannot fool himself about values. We did exactly the same thing with our lives. We took stock honestly. Being convinced that self, manifested in various ways, was what had defeated us, we considered its common manifestations."
Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 64

Thought to Consider . . .

n order to recover we have to uncover.


W H O  M E ?
Willingness, Honesty,
Open-mindedness, Must Exist

Daily Reflection

One exercise that I practice is to try for a full inventory of
my blessings. . . .

What did I have to be grateful for? I shut myself up and
started listing the blessings for which I was in no way
responsible, beginning with having been born of sound
mind and body. I went through seventy-four years of living
right up to the present moment. The list ran to two pages,
and took two hours to compile; I included health, family,
money, A.A. —the whole gamut.
Every day in my prayers, I ask God to help me
remember my list, and to be grateful for it throughout the
day. When I remember my gratitude list, it's very hard to
conclude that God is picking on me.

Pot Luck  

Walk In Dry Places

Who is the Key person? 

Respecting others 

The Twelve Step movement grew out of a society that practiced a Key Person strategy;
 If you could win important persons into your group, others of high 
standing would follow. 

The experience of Alcoholics Anonymous led a different 
strategy: Work with anybody who wants help, and let leaders 
appear as they will. The leaders, whom we call 
trusted servants, were sometimes very ordinary people in the 
eyes of the world. Some were like Bill W., people of great ability 
whose careers had been wrecked by alcoholism. 

In any case, it is obvious that we are poor judge of who might become a 
key person. In the sight of God, we're told, all humans 
are equal. Our best success comes when we treat every newcomer as a 
key person. 

I'll remember today to view every person with the respect and 
consideration that is usually extended to people whom the world considers 

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