July 29, 2014 – Twenty-Four Hours a Day

serenity prayer 11Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
AA Thought for the Day
There are two days in every week about which we should not worry, two days which should be kept from fear and apprehension. One of these days is yesterday, with its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains. Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control. All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed. We cannot erase a single word we said. Yesterday is gone beyond recall.

Do I still worry about what happened yesterday?

Meditation for the Day
“God will not suffer you to be tempted above what you are able, but with the temptation He will also find a way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” If you have enough faith and trust in God, He will give you all the strength you need to face every temptation and to overcome it. Nothing will prove too hard for you to bear. You can face any situation. “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” You can overcome any temptation with God’s help. So fear nothing.

Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may face every situation without fear. I pray that nothing will prove too hard for me to bear.

Hazelden Foundation

July 29, 2014 – Step by Step

serenity prayer 12Step by Step
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
“I never knew which came first, the thinking or the drinking. If I could only stop thinking, I wouldn’t drink. If I could only stop drinking, maybe I wouldn’t think. But they were all mixed up together, and I was all mixed up inside. And yet I had to have that drink. You know the deteriorating effects, the disintegrating effects of chronic wine-drinking. I cared nothing about my personal appearance. I didn’t care what I looked like. I didn’t care what I did. To me, taking a bath was just being in a place with a bottle where I could drink in privacy. I had to have it with me at night, in case I woke up and needed that drink.” – Alcoholics Anonymous, 3rd Edition, 1976, Part II (“They Stopped in Time”), Ch 4 (“The Housewife Who Drank at Home”), p 337.

Today, I don’t care which came first, the delusional and irrational thinking or the drinking, because it doesn’t matter. Whether some deluded thinking misled me to alcohol for a clearer perspective or if excess drinking fueled a thinking problem is moot because, now, the two are intertwined. Thus, my thinking now cannot be that I can resume responsible drinking if I get my thinking in a logical sync. Nor can I believe that I could drink responsibly. Neither is possible. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Does it matter? The chicken’s polluted; whatever comes out of him is also polluted. Today, I don’t care where my drinking thinking or thinking drinking came from. I need both corrected, and I’m where I need to be to get both. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2014

July 29, 2014 – A Day at a Time

serenity prayer 10A Day at a Time
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Reflection for the Day
The feeling of self-pity, which we’ve all suffered at one time or another, is one of the ugliest emotions we can experience. We don’t even relish the thought of admitting to others that we’re awash in self-pity. We hate being told that it shows; we quickly argue that we’re feeling another emotion instead; we go so far as to “cleverly” hide from ourselves the fact that we’re going through a siege of “poor-me-ism.” By the same token, in a split-second, we can easily find several dozen “valid” reasons for feeling sorry for ourselves.

Do I sometimes enjoy rubbing salt into my own wounds?

Today I Pray
May I recognize the emotions I am feeling for what they are. If I am unable to point them out to myself, may I count on others who know what it’s like to be a feelings-sufferer. May I stay in touch with my feelings by staying in touch with my Higher Power and with the others in my group.

Today I Will Remember
Stay in touch.

Hazelden Foundation

July 29, 2014 – The Eye Opener

serenity prayer 9The Eye Opener
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Humility has been the hardest of all the virtues to acquire for many of us. Few of us know what it actually is. Many have it and think they don’t; many don’t have it and think they do. Many admit they don’t understand the word and forget it, leaving to the world to judge whether they have it or not.

The best way to acquire Humility is to constantly remind yourself how much lower than a snake’s belly you would be but for the Grace of God. You made a horrible mess of running your life and failed completely, but that Grace could and did make you what you are today.

Hazelden Foundation

Man Crush: Up close and personal with model and HIV educator Jack Mackenroth

Man Crush: July 28, 2014 – Hooking Up With … Activist Jack Mackenroth : THE MAN CRUSH BLOG.

Jack Mackenroth

The Good Men Project: Addiction and recovery are a crap shoot

recovery1The Good Men Project: July 28, 2014 – Addiction and Recovery are a Crap Shoot -.

Owner of Florida towing company charged with targeting gays’ vehicles during LGBT festival

LGBTQ Nation: July 28, 2014 – Fla. towing company owner charged with illegally towing cars during Gay Days – LGBTQ Nation.

Florida towing company

For gay soldiers, marriage and benefits open a door to living life more freely

gay soldiersAssociated Press: July 28, 2014 – For gay soldiers, marriage and benefits open doors to living life more freely – LGBTQ Nation.

gay soldiers

Minnesota lawmakers call for stricter sanctions against Vikings’ administrator for anti-gay remark

LGBTQ Nation: July 28, 2014 – Lawmakers want Vikings to give Priefer stiffer penalty for anti-gay remarks – LGBTQ Nation.

Mike Priefer

July 28, 2014 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden

serenity prayer 8Monday, July 28, 2014

Today’s thought from Hazelden is:

Nobody’s family can hang out the sign, “Nothing’s the matter here.”
 — Chinese Proverb

None of us come from a perfect family, but if we have any family at all, it’s worth the effort to see what there is to enjoy about it. Sometimes it’s difficult or impossible, because there’s been so much damage. If there’s really nothing left, we have to look for family in the fellowship of other sober people.

A family is not always people who are blood related. A family can be people who are so committed to the growth of each other and the relationship that they’ve become brothers and sisters of a sort. A family is two or more people who care deeply for one another and who are comfortable with each other. We can choose to surround ourselves with others who we feel this way about.

Today let me recognize something good in my family and work at building a relationship.

From the book:

Our Best Days by Nancy Hull-Mast

Our Best Days by Nancy Hull-Mast. © 1990 by Hazelden Foundation


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