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Today - and every day that follows if I have them – I begin to accept reality as it is and not as I perceive it through my character defects or as I think my reality should be. Failure or refusal to recognize and accept the reality of my being makes my Program of recovery one that is not based in fact, honesty and integrity and, predictably, I may be setting myself up for relapse if my recovery is based on anything less than truth. Being abstinent is not the end of recovery; it is the beginning because I have to confront the emotional and spiritual defects of a sick character that take significantly longer than just being dry to repair. Today, in my Fourth and 10th Steps, may I have the objectivity – not to mention guts – to be honest about my reality so that my recovery is based in truth instead of denial of my actual emotional and spiritual condition. A recovery of anything less than absolute self-awareness and honesty makes me little more than a dry drunk. And our common journey continues. Step by step. - Chris M., 2014
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Sunday, March 9, 2014
AA Thought for the Day
If we had absolute faith in the power of God to keep us from drinking and if we turned our drink problem entirely over to God without reservations, we wouldn’t have to do anything more about it. We’d be free from drink once and for all. But since our faith is apt to be weak, we have to strengthen and build up this faith. We do this in several ways. One way is by going to meetings and listening to others tell how they have found all the strength they need to overcome drink.
Is my faith being strengthened by this personal witness of other alcoholics?
Meditation for the Day
It is the quality of my life that determines its value. In order to judge the value of a person’s life, we must set up a standard. The most valuable life is one of honesty, purity, unselfishness and love. All people’s lives ought to be judged by this standard in determining their value to the world. By this standard, most of the so-called heroes of history were not great men. “What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world, if he loseth his own soul?”
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may be honest, pure, unselfish and loving. I pray that I may make the quality of my life good by these standards.
Reflection for the Day
We learn in The Program and its Twelve Steps that as we grow spiritually, we find that our old attitudes toward our instinctual drives need to undergo drastic revisions. Our demands for emotional security and wealth, for personal prestige and power, all have to be tempered and redirected. We learn that the full satisfaction of these demands cannot be the sole end and aim of our lives. But when we’re willing to place spiritual growth first – then and only then do we have a real chance to grow in healthy awareness and mature love.
Am I willing to place spiritual growth first?
Today I Pray
May my development as a spiritual person temper my habitual hankerings for material security. May I understand that the only real security in life is spiritual. If I have faith in my Higher Power, these revisions in my attitudes will follow. May I grow first in spiritual awareness.
Today I Will Remember
Value the life of the spirit.
The Eye Opener
Sunday, March 9, 2014
When we become fully conscious that we, as men, are spirit primarily, that our bodies are but necessary instruments through which the spirit works, that the mind is not a collection of brain cells but is actually a series of thought waves as free of actual substance as the winds or the rays of light or heat, we appreciate the fact that chains are powerless to restrain the thoughts which are actually the mind.
We can and do select the thoughts we store up in these brain cells. We keep what we want and we discard what we please. The kind of thoughts we think become habit and so become us.