April 30, 2013 – Step by Step


Step by Step
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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 my addiction to 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 flophouse, a jail’s drunk tank 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 doubt about 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 dependence on sobriety. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2013

 

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April 30, 2013 – Twenty-Four Hours a Day


Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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.

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April 30, 2013 – A Day at a Time


A Day at a Time
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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 returns 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.

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April 30, 2013 – The Eye Opener


The Eye Opener
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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.

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April 30, 2013 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Today’s thought from Hazelden is:

I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
 — Winston Churchill

We are used to learning the hard way. Many of us think we’re different and can do things our own way. But then we get in too much trouble or pain. The first A.A. members were just like us. They knew how it was to hate being told what to do. So they suggested we follow the Twelve Steps. They didn’t say we have to do anything. They didn’t say working the Steps is the only way to live sober. They just said the Steps worked for them.

We’re finding out that the Steps work for us too. We don’t have to work them. We don’t have to stay sober. We just like our new sober life better than our old drinking or drugging life. And we’re learning how to live this new life by working the Steps.

Prayer for the Day
Higher Power, help me be open to your lessons. Teach me gently and help me listen.

Action for the Day
I will list five ways that I get in the way of my own learning.

From the book:

Keep It Simple by Anonymous

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April 29, 2013 – Step by Step


Step by Step
Monday, April 29, 2013

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 to a sponsor or sponsee, volunteering to make the coffee for a meeting or to simply listening to someone else’s problems or experiences. And possibly, the problems I have, or think I have and maybe exaggerate, may seem somewhat less burdensome. Adversely, I must respect prudence in not expending myself to the extreme that my own needs and working on problems are sacrificed and neglected. In the end, my Program requires that I not focus all that I have completely on myself and that, sharing or volunteering for some degree of service work may make my own problems less heavy. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2013

 

April 29, 2013 – Twenty-Four Hours a Day


Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Monday, April 29, 2013

AA Thought for the Day
The AA program is one of faith, hope and charity. It’s a program of hope because when new members come into AA, the first thing they get is hope. They hear older members tell how they had been through the same kind of hell that they have and how they found the way out through AA. And this gives them hope that if others can do it, they can do it.

Is hope still strong in me?

Meditation for the Day
The rule of God’s kingdom is perfect order, perfect harmony, perfect supply, perfect love, perfect honesty, perfect obedience. There is no discord in God’s kingdom, only some things still unconquered in God’s children. The difficulties of life are caused by disharmony in the individual man or woman. People lack power because they lack harmony with God and with each other. They think that God fails because power is not manifested in their lives. God does not fail. People fail because they are out of harmony with Him.

Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may be in harmony with God and with other people. I pray that this harmony will result in strength and success.

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