Nov. 30, 2010 – Just for Today

Just for Today
Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010

Just for today, understanding that a “substitute” chemical to replace alcohol that alters my perception of reality is not working toward recovery from an addictive personality, grant me the wisdom to also understand that “mind- and mood-altering chemicals” may not necessarily include prescribed medications. If depression continues to be a condition even in sobriety, for example, let me listen to reasons why anti-depressants may not compromise my sobriety but may even improve its quality. The debate in AA and other 12-Step groups that any substance which affects my mood is as old as the Program itself. But the Program admits that it is not a medical one, and that tells me it is my responsibility to seek out the knowledge from sources that may be more qualified than me to determine if my sobriety is at risk. Today, understanding that the substances I ingested are not the same as prescribed medications, let me also consider the possibility that acting as my own physican may be my writing my own relapse somewhere down the road. And our common journey continues. Just for today. – Chris M., 2010


Nov. 30, 2010 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden

Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010
Today’s thought from Hazelden is:

An inspiring book, a caring friend, a moment of silence – all can offer the guidance we seek.

We are learning to seek guidance on how to handle the serious circumstances of our lives. We used to feel we had to figure out everything for ourselves. What a gift it is to seek suggestions from friends we can trust. And hearing others tell how a line in a book gave them a needed answer has become a valuable tool too.

Relying on the silence for our answers, we are less certain at first. We can’t always tell if it’s our ego directing us rather than our Higher Power. The important thing is that we are looking for help. We are no longer blocked by our need to be self-reliant in all matters.

Guidance is always available. We simply have to know where to look and be willing to hear.

I will look at my problems today as opportunities for intimacy with other people. Problems will free me from isolation.

From the book:
A Life of My Own by Karen Casey

Nov. 30, 2010 – AA Thought for the Day

AA Thought for the Day

Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010

My abuse of alcohol was the exterior manifestation of a disease
much more complex and consuming than simple drunkenness, and similarly,
my abstinence is the exterior manifestation of a wellness
much more rewarding than simple sobriety.
The most convincing evidence I have today that I’m an alcoholic
is not how much or how long I drank, nor how drunk I got;
the most convincing evidence I have is that AA is working for me.
– Thank You For Sharing, p. 181

Thought to Ponder …
If you think you are an alcoholic, chances are you are.

AA-related ‘Alconym’ …
T H I N K = Thank Heavens I Now Know.

Nov. 30, 2010 – Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010

AA Thought for the Day
We have slips in AA. It has been said these are not slips but premeditated drunks, because we have to think about taking a drink before we actually take one. The thought always comes before the act. It is suggested that people should always get in touch with an AA before taking that first drink. The failure to do so makes it probable that they had decided to take the drink anyway. And yet the thoughts that come before taking a drink are often largely subconscious. People usually don’t know consciously what made them do it. Therefore, the common practice is to call these things slips.

Am I on guard against wrong thinking?

Meditation for the Day
“The eternal God is thy refuge.” He is a sanctuary, a refuge from the cares of life. You can get away from the misunderstanding of others by retiring into your own place of meditation. But from yourself, from your sense of failure, your weakness, your shortcomings, whither can you flee? Only to the eternal God, your refuge, until the immensity of His spirit envelopes your spirit and it loses its smallness and weakness and comes into harmony again with His.

Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may lose my limitations in the immensity of God’s love. I pray that my spirit may be in harmony with His spirit.

Hazelden Foundation

Nov. 30, 2010 – A Day at a Time

A Day at a Time
Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010

Reflection for the Day
If you’re a negative thinker and are not yet ready to do an about-face, here are some guidelines that can keep you miserable for just as long as you wish to remain so. First, don’t go to meetings of The Program, especially discussion groups. If you somehow find yourself at a meeting, keep your mouth shut, your hands in your pockets and your mind closed. Don’t try to solve any of your problems, never laugh at yourself and don’t trust the other people in The Program. Above all, under no conditions should you try to live in the Now.

Am I aware that negative thinking means taking myself deadly serious at all times, leaving no time for laughter – and for living?

Today I Pray
If I am feeling negative, may I check myself in the mirror that is the group for any symptoms of a closed mind; tight lips, forced smile, set jaw, straight-ahead glance – and not a glimmer of humor. God, grant me the ability to laugh at myself – often – for I need that laughter to cope with the everyday commotion of living.

Today I Will Remember
To laugh at myself.

Hazelden Foundation

Nov. 30, 2010 – The Eye Opener

The Eye Opener
Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010

Many who are active in AA work come to feel that they just can’t carry on any longer. There is so much to do; so little time can be spared to do it; so few to do the work. There is a limit to their endurance. After all, a guy has just so much health, strength and patience.

When the burdens get too heavy and too numerous, take it up with the Big Boss, tell Him you like to do His work but that it is more than you can handle – ask Him for more help – and you’ll get it.

Hazelden Foundation

Nov. 29, 2010 – Just for Today

Just for Today
Monday, Nov. 29, 2010

Just for today, if my candle is burning at both ends with responsibilities, obligations and expections that have been entrusted to me since I started following the Program, I will not complain or seek adulation and, instead, will seek gratitude and humility that I now am trusted and can carry out what is asked and expected of me. But if I feel overwhelmed at times, I can fall back on the Program’s edicts to prioritize and take “First Things First.” The first thing is sobriety and, without it, there is literally nothing. With it, there is literally everything. The benefits sobriety bring to me include service to the sufferer who needs to hear the Program’s message, and I should not shirk or complain about being in service. Not only does what I contribute to another soul strengthen my own against a possible slip or relapse, I need only to remember the days when I was drunk literally 24/7 and ask if those days were better than now when I have been given the gift to be of some greater good. Today, my yesterdays are nowhere better than now, and now is where I will stay without complaining, without seeking recognition and instead asking in humility what His will is for me and the power to carry it out. And our common journey continues. Just for today. – Chris M., 2010