April 20, 2014 – Step by Step

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Sunday, April 20, 2014
Today, I will yield to the wisdom of taking small steps instead of an “easier, softer way” of giant leaps to reach my goal of recovery. Most likely, my alcoholism and its companion physical, emotional and spiritual diseases developed over a period of time; their solution is thus likely to take as much if not more time. But impatience is a characteristic of most alcoholics, and it cannot be allowed to tempt me to take the short route of skimming through the Steps in my thirst for the promises of sobriety. Failing to give full and complete attention to each Step in my zeal may set me up for frustration and disappointment – and together they put me at risk for a slip or relapse. Today, grant me the wisdom of patience in taking the Steps one by one and in understanding that it is through working them that we earn what we pursue. And our common journey continues. Step by step. - Chris M., 2014

April 20, 2014 – Twenty-Four Hours a Day

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

AA Thought for the Day

The satisfaction you get out of living a sober life is made up of a lot of little things, but they add up to a satisfactory and happy life. You take out of life what you put into it. So I’d say to people coming into AA: “Don’t worry about what life will be like without liquor. Just hang in there and a lot of good things will happen to you. And you’ll have that feeling of quiet satisfaction and peace and serenity and gratitude for the grace of God.”

Is my life becoming really worth living?

Meditation for the Day

There are two paths, one up and one down. We have been given free will to choose either path. We are captains of our souls to this extent only. We can choose the good or the bad. Once we have chosen the wrong path, we go down and down, eventually to death. But if we choose the right path, we go up and up, until we come to the resurrection day. On the wrong path, we have no power for good because we do not choose to ask for it. But on the right path, we are on the side of good and we have all the power of God’s spirit behind us. 

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may be in the stream of goodness. I pray that I may be on the right side, on the side of all good in the universe. 

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April 20, 2014 – A Day at a Time

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Reflection for the Day

“If a person continues to see only giants,” wrote Anais Nin, “it means he is still looking at the world through the eyes of a child.” During this 24-hour period, I won’t allow myself to be burdened by thoughts of giants and monsters – of things that are past. I won’t concern myself about tomorrow until it becomes my today. The better I use today, the more likely it is that tomorrow will be bright. 

Have I extended the hand of caring to another person today?

Today I Pray

God, may I please grow up. May I no longer see monsters and giants on my walls, those projections of a child’s imagination. May I bury my hobgoblins and realize that those epic dream-monsters are distortions of my present fears. May they vanish with my fearfulness, in the daylight of my new serenity. 

Today I Will Remember

I will put away childish fears. 

Hazelden Foundation

April 20, 2014 – The Eye Opener

serenity prayer, 13The Eye Opener

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Your Area Headquarters can probably use some additional help on the desk or perhaps a receptionist to interview new people calling at the club for help. They probably have a pressing need for Twelve Steppers or people who have a car and are available a day a week. Maybe they could use some speakers or even chair setter-uppers. 

How about your Group? It takes people to distribute and collect ash trays. It’s possible you might come in handy preparing or distributing refreshments. 

Whatever your talents are, it is a safe bet they can use you. Then the Group will become Your Group. Don’t wait to be drafted – Volunteer. 

Hazelden Foundation