May 31, 2012 – Just for Today


Just for Today

Thursday, May 31, 2012

“…(D)eep down in every man, woman and child is the fundamental idea of God. It may be obscured by calamity, by pomp, by worship of other things, but in some form or other it is there. For faith in a Power greater than ourselves, and miraculous demonstrations of that power in human lives, are facts as old as man himself.” – Alcoholics Anonymous, 3rd Edition, 1976, Ch 4 (“We Agnostics“), p 55.

Just for today, if I expect the Program of AA to work for me, I must expect myself to work with it, and I must knock down the wall that seperates me from the Power stronger than myself to begin my recovery from alcoholism. If I am struggling or even rejecting the possibility of such a Power, let me read and embrace these words from the Big Book and accept on blind faith the hope that somewhere inside me is a “fundamental idea of God.” He, God, need not be a religious entity but a spiritual one, and a “spiritual awakening,” even if it is a basic change of my psyche or character, is required if I am to achieve any kind of quality recovery. Today, I must put aside even my stronger resistance and open myself to the idea of a Power stronger than myself so that I can earn the benefits of recovery. If alcohol is stronger than me, I have to believe and hope that a force stronger than alcohol can restore me. And our common journey continues. Just for today. – Chris M., 2012

May 31, 2012 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden


Thursday, May 31, 2012

Today’s thought from Hazelden is:

Detachment means “freedom from emotion.”

Letting someone else’s behavior determine how we feel at every turn is irresponsible. Our emotions should be determined by us, not by someone else. But no doubt we have spent years confusing the boundaries that separate us from other people. Whether at work or at home, we have too often let someone else’s “insanity” affect how we behave and how we feel.

At first, it may seem insensitive not to react to others’ problems or negative behavior. We may fear they’ll think we simply don’t care about them. Learning that it is far more caring to let other people handle their own lives takes time and patience. But with practice, it will begin to feel comfortable. In fact, in time it will feel freeing and wonderful.

I will work on detachment today, knowing that in time the rewards will come. 

From the book:

A Life of My Own by Karen Casey 

A Life of My Own by Karen Casey. © 1993 by Hazelden Foundation. All rights reserved.

May 31, 2012 – Twenty-Four Hours a Day


Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Thursday, May 31, 2012

AA Thought for the Day
I shall not wait to be drafted for service to AA. I shall volunteer. I shall be loyal in my attendance, generous in my giving, kind in my criticism, creative in my suggestions, loving in my attitudes. I shall give to AA my interest, my enthusiasm, my devotion and, most of all, myself.

Do I also accept this as my AA credo?

Meditation for the Day
Prayer is of many kinds but, of whatever kind, prayer is the linking up of the soul and mind to God. So, if prayer is only a glance of faith, a look or a word of love or just a feeling of confidence in the goodness and purpose in the universe, still the result of that prayer is added strength to meet all temptations and to overcome them. Even if no supplication is expressed, all the supply of strength that is necessary is secured because the soul, being linked and united to God, receives from Him all spiritual help needed. The soul, when in its human body, still needs the things belonging to its heavennly habitation.

Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may be taught how to pray. I pray that I may be linked through prayer to the mind and will of God.

Hazelden Foundation

May 31, 2012 – A Day at a Time


A Day at a Time
Thursday, May 31, 2012

Reflection for the Day
Giving love is a fulfillment in itself. It must not matter whether love is returned or not. If I give love only to get a response on my terms, my love is cancelled out by my motives. If I have the capacity to give love, then any return I get for it is a special bonus. It is through giving love freely and without expectation of return, that we find ourselves and build ourselves spiritually.

Have I begun to believe, in the words of Goethe, that, “Love does not dominate; it cultivates …?”

Today I Pray
May I, the inveterate people-pleaser and approval-seeker, know that the only real love does not ask for love back. May God be patient as I try to practice this principle. May I rid myself of pride that throws itself in the way of love. May I discard my silly cat-and-mouse games that have no place in real love.

Today I Will Remember
I will not give love to get love.

Hazelden Foundation

May 31, 2012 – The Eye Opener


The Eye Opener
Thursday, May 31, 2012

For a person to attempt to live apart from this world is as useless as for a drop of water to live apart from the ocean. God put everything in this work, and He takes nothing out. To endeavor to withdraw from the world’s activities is another way of fooling yourself. We are an influence for good or evil regardless of our attempts to hide from society at large.

When a rock falls from a cliff into the sea, it is not merely that the land is one rock less, it means the contour of the whole continent has changed. However, it is still a part of God’s Universe whether it can be seen by man or not.

Hazelden Foundation

May 30, 2012 – Just for Today


Just for Today

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

“The old pattern reasserted itself, but it was no longer once every six months. The intervals grew shorter. The binges were longer. They were harder to get off. I wasn’t the type that could taper off. I had to stop cold. My last binge followed the previous one by two weeks. I had just come off a good one, and I went back on to the next one.” – Alcoholics Anonymous, 3rd Edition, 1976, “They Lost Nearly All,” Ch 3 (“Desperation Drinking“), p 514. 

Just for today, let me guard against the passage of time and my last drunk from fading the memory of what my drinking days were really like – pure desperation. If it is true that the best predictor of my future behavior is my past conduct, I cannot afford to “romanticize” my drinking, that it was “fun” and that it didn’t rip a path of destruction to myself and others. God grant me the honesty and wisdom to remember the desperation that finally pushed me to ask for help after I exhausted all the denial, justifications and rationalizations. Let me understand and accept that desperation is all the awaits me again if I am not honest with myself in remembering what active alcoholism is truly like. Today, the desperation that is always there to greet me again can wait. And our common journey continues. Just for today. – Chris M., 2012

May 30, 2012 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Today’s thoughts from Hazelden are:

Don’t sweat the small stuff, and remember, it’s all small stuff.

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Drinking didn’t cause my problems, living did.

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The practicing alcoholic is the only person in the world who can lie in the gutter and still look down on others.

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AA meetings are the jumper cables God uses to get love flowing from one alcoholic to another.

From the book:

My Mind Is Out to Get Me by Dr. Ron B.

My Mind is Out to Get Me by Dr. Ron B. © 1994 by Hazelden Foundation. All rights reserved.