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job now is to be at the place where you may be of maximum helpfulness to
others, so never hesitate to go anywhere if you can be helpful. You
should not hesitate to visit the most sordid spot on earth on such an
errand. Keep on the firing line of life with these motives and God will
keep you unharmed."
Anonymous, p. 102.
. . .
We in AA don't carry the
alcoholic; we carry the message.
H O P E =
From "New Selves Unfolding":
"However, the First Step and I have
always been great friends. I repeated it every five seconds and thanked God
each day for my sobriety, the only grace, maybe, for that day.
"Gradually, I began to see
another part of me emerging a grateful me, expecting nothing, but sure that
another power was beginning to guide me, counsel me, and direct my ways.
Barberton, Ohio, USA"
1973 AAWS, Inc.; Came to Believe, 30th printing 2004, pg. 45
When we speak or act hastily or rashly,
the ability to be fair-minded and tolerant evaporates on the spot.
STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 91
Being fair-minded and tolerant is a goal toward which I must
work daily. I ask God, as I understand Him, to help me to be loving and
tolerant to my loved ones, and to those with whom I am in close contact. I
ask for guidance to curb my speech when I am agitated, and I take a moment
to reflect on the emotional upheaval my words may cause, not only to someone
else, but also to myself. Prayer, meditation and inventories are the key
to sound thinking and positive action for me.
Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
The alarming thing about
pride-blindness is the ease with which it is justified. But we need not look
far to see that self-justification is a universal destroyer of harmony and
of love. It sets man against man, nation against nation. By it, every form
of folly and violence can be made to look right, and even respectable.
It would be a product of false pride to claim that A.A. is a cure-all, even
1. GRAPEVINE, JUNE 1961 - 2.
A.A. COMES OF AGE, p. 232
"If there be divorce or separation, there should be no undue haste for the
couple to get together. The man should be sure of his recovery. The wife
should fully understand his new way of life. If their old relationship is to
be resumed it must be on a better basis, since the former did not work. This
means a new attitude and spirit all around. Sometimes it is to the best
interests of all concerned that a couple remain apart. Obviously, no rule
can be laid down. Let the alcoholic continue his program day by day. When
the time for living together has come, it will be apparent to both parties."
Anonymous, 3rd Edition, Working With Others, Page 99
A.A. Thought For The Day
Am I still on a "free ride" in A.A.?
Am I all get and no give? Do I go to meetings and always sit in
the back row and let others do all the work? Do I think it's
enough just because I'm sober and can rest on my laurels? If so,
I haven't gone very far in the program, nor am I getting nearly enough of
what it has to offer. I will be a weak member until I get in
there and help carry the load. I must eventually get off the
bench and get into the game. I'm not just a spectator; I'm
supposed to be one of the team. Do I go in there and carry the
Try to be thankful for whatever vision you have. Try to perform,
in the little things, faithful service to God and others. Do
your small part every day in a spirit of service to God. Be a
doer of God's word, not a hearer only. In your daily life try to
keep faith with God. Every day brings a new opportunity to be of
some use. Even when you are tempted to rest or let things go or
to evade the issue, make it a habit to meet the issue squarely as a
challenge and not to hold back.
Prayer For The Day
I pray that I may perform each task faithfully. I pray that I
may meet each issue of life squarely and not hold back.
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