April 30, 2012 – Just for Today

Just for Today

Monday, April 30, 2012

Just for today, I’ll use a novel tactic: instead of an alcoholic, I’ll be a soberholic. If “alcoholic” calls attention to the fact that I am addicted to alcohol, can’t “soberholic” state that my addiction is sobriety? Arguably, despite the progress of AA in striking down the image of the alcoholic as the down-and-out’er sleeping in alleys or drying out in a flop house, jailhouse or mental hospital, a stigma remains. Might I be able to erode that stigma by labeling my addiction sobriety instead of alcohol? If so, maybe the implication that my addiction is sobriety can renew my self-confidence and weaken any temptation or lingering doubts as drinking again. As someone addicted to sobriety, why do I need alcohol? Today, at the risk of angering those who warn against trading one addiction for another, I’ll substitute dependence on alcohol to addiction to sobriety. And our common journey continues. Just for today. – Chris M., 2012


April 30, 2012 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden

Monday, April 30, 2012

Today’s thought from Hazelden is:

Patience is a particular requirement. Without it, you can destroy in an hour what it might take you weeks to repair.Charlie W. Shedd

Enjoying the moment, in its fullest, makes possible a peaceful and patient pace. Progress is guaranteed if our minds are centered in the present, on the only event deserving of our attention. We can be certain that error and frustration will haunt us if our attentions are divided.

Patience will see us through a troubled time, but how much easier it is to savor patience when it’s accompanied by faith. We can know and fully trust that all is well – that our lives are on course – that individual experiences are exactly what we need at this moment. However, faith makes the knowing easier and the softness of the patient heart eases us through the times of challenge and uncertainty.

Patience slows me down long enough to notice another, and to be grateful for the gifts of the moment. Patience promises me the power to move forward with purpose. Today’s fruits will be in proportion to my patience.

From the book:

The Promise of a New Day by Karen Casey and Martha Vanceburg

The Promise of a New Day by Karen Casey & Martha Vanceburg. © 1983, 1991 by Hazelden Foundation. All rights reserved.

April 30, 2012 – Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Monday, April 30, 2012

AA Thought for the Day

The AA program is one of faith because we find that we must have faith in a Power greater than ourselves if we are going to get sober. We’re helpless before alcohol, but when we turn our drink problem over to God and have faith that He can give us all the strength we need, then we have the drink problem licked. Faith in that Divine Principle in the universe which we call God is the essential part of the AA program.

Is faith still strong in me?

Meditation for the Day

Each one of us is a child of God, and as such, we are full of the promise of spiritual growth. A young person is like the springtime of the year. The full time of the fruit is not yet, but there is promise of the blossom. There is a spark of the Divine in every one of us. Each has some of God’s spirit which can be developed by spiritual exercise. Know that your life is full of glad promise. Such blessings can be yours, such joys, such wonders, as long as you develop in the sunshine of God’s love.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may develop the divine spark within me. I pray that by so doing I may fulfill the promise of a more abundant life.

Hazelden Foundation

April 30, 2012 – A Day at a Time

A Day at a Time

Monday, April 30, 2012

Reflection for the Day

We’re taught in The Program that “faith without works is dead.” How true this is for the addicted person. For if an addicted person fails to perfect or enlarge his or her spiritual life through work and self-sacrifice for others, s/he can’t survive the certain trials and low spots ahead. If s/he doesn’t work, s/he’ll surely return to his or her addiction; and if s/he rerturns to addiction, s/he’ll likely die. Then faith will be dead indeed.

Do I believe, through my faith, that I can be uniquely useful to those who still suffer?

Today I Pray

May my faith in my Higher Power and in the influence of The Program be multiplied within me as I pass it along to others who are overcoming similar addictions. May I be certain that my helping others is not simply repaying my debts, but it is the only way I know to continue my spiritual growth and maintain my own sobriety.

Today I Will Remember

The more faith I can give, the more I will have.

Hazelden Foundation

April 30, 2012 – The Eye Opener

The Eye Opener

Monday, April 30, 2012

It is most discouraging to many of us to find, after many weary months of trying to work on our moral inventory and studied efforts to eliminate some of our worst character defects, that the more we do the more we find to do. It is not that we are not making progress, but as we steady ourselves from a coldly analytical viewpoint, we find more defects than we ever realized we possessed. Do not become discouraged when this situation exists. It is very evident proof of progress that you have come to a conscious realization that these new defects exist and you are at least bringing them out in the open where you can get a crack at them.

Hazelden Foundation

April 29, 2012 – Just for Today

Just for Today

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Just for today, let me accept that service to other people or causes is the essential element in my program of recovery in AA, that expending some of my attention to anything other than myself may put my problems in a more accurate perspective. Service can range from giving a lead talk, talking on a sponsor or sponsee, volunteering to make the coffee for a meeting to simply listening to someone else’s problems or issues. And possibly, the problems I have, or think I have and maybe exaggerate, may seem somewhat less burdensom. Adversely, I must respect prudence in not expending myself to the extreme that my own needs and problems are sacrificed and neglected. In the end, my Program requires that I not focus all that I have completely on myself and that, by sharing or volunteering for some degree of service work may make my own problems less heavy. And our common journey continues. Just for today. – Chris M., 2012

April 29, 2012 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Today’s thought from Hazelden is:

Proving ourselves

Long after a bitter failure, some of us still cling to the hope that we can erase the defeat in some spectacular way. One dream is to “prove ourselves” to those who scorned us or put us down. This never really works, even when we do become winners at some later time. For one thing, we may be proving ourselves to people who never will like us. If we are striving to show others that we can succeed, we are still dancing to their tune. We are accepting their idea of what success should be.

Many of us failed simply because we were alcoholics and could do no better. We might have destroyed opportunities that will never arise again. But by finding sobriety, we may already have proved ourselves to those who really count in our lives including ourselves.

I can prove today that the Twelve Step program works and that a loving Higher Power is present in my life.

From the book:

Walk in Dry Places by Mel B.

Walk in Dry Places by Mel B. © 1996 by Hazelden Foundation. All rights reserved.