July 01 — Daily Reflections
THE BEST FOR TODAY
The principles we have set down are guides to progress.
-ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 60
Just as a sculptor will use different tools to achieve desired effects in creating a work of art, in Alcoholics Anonymous the Twelve Steps are used to bring about results in my own life. I do not overwhelm myself with life’s problems, and how much more work needs to be done. I let myself be comforted in knowing that my life is now in the hands of my Higher Power, a master craftsman who is shaping each part of my life into a unique work of art. By working my program I can be satisfied, knowing that in the doing the best that we can for today, we are doing all that God asks of us.”
AA World Services
July 01 — Twenty-Four Hours A Day
A.A. Thought For The Day
In following the A.A. program with its twelve steps, we have the advantage of a better understanding of our problems. Day after day our sobriety results in the formation of new habits, normal habits. As each twenty-four-hour period ends, we find that the business of staying sober is a much less trying and fearsome ordeal than it seemed in the beginning. Do I find it easier as I go along?
Meditation For The Day
Learn daily the lesson of trust and calm in the midst of the storms of life. Whatever of sorrow or difficulty the day may bring, God’s command to you is the same. Be grateful, humble, calm, and loving to all people. Leave each soul the better for having met you or heard you. For all kinds of people, this should be your attitude: a loving desire to help and an infectious spirit of calmness and trust in God. You have the answer to loneliness and fear, which is calm faith in the goodness and purpose in the universe.
Prayer For The Day
I pray that I may be calm in the midst of storms. I pray that I may pass on this calmness to others who are lonely and full of fear.
July 01 –As Bill Sees It
The Reality of Spiritual Experiences, p. 182
“Perhaps you raise the question of hallucination versus the divine imagery of a genuine spiritual experience. I doubt if anyone has authoritatively defined what a hallucination really is. However, it is certain that all recipients of spiritual experiences declare their reality. The best evidence of that reality is in the subsequent fruits. Those who receive these gifts of grace are very much changed people, almost invariably for the better. This can scarcely be said of those who hallucinate.
“Some might think me presumptuous when I say that my own experience is real. Nevertheless, I can surely report that in my own life and in the lives of countless others, the fruits of that experience have been real, and the benefactions beyond reckoning.
AA World Services
July 1 — Eye Opener (1950)
A sinner is usually a sinner because he is thinking wrong, whereas a mean person has a warped and deformed personality.
A sinner’s faults usually lie in his thoughtlessness, but the mean person is nearly always a person of strong will and determination.
Sinning stems from weakness, meanness from strength.
A dog will love a sinner but seldom a mean person.
July 1 — Big Book Quote
“I was not too well at the time, and was plagued by waves of self-pity and resentment. This sometimes nearly drove me back to drink, but I soon found that when all other measures failed, work with another alcoholic would save the day. Many times I have gone to my old hospital in despair. On talking to a man there, I would be amazingly lifted up and set on my feet. It is a design for living that works in rough going.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, PG.15
July 1 — Walk In Dry Places
NEVER TOO LATE
Wasted time and lost opportunities were often the process paid for our problems. In recovery, some people feel they have no opportunity to do certain things because they’re too old or the right time has passed.
this is all false belief, and part of it may grow out of the emphasis on youth, which sees to be greatly prized. We can’t be young forever, but we can always have interests and enthusiasm. We can work to maintain good health and an optimistic outlook.
We can learn something new every day of our lives. We can feel good, we can launch new ventures, and we can try new ways to use our talents. It’s never too late to be what we ought to be.
“Whatever my age or place in life, I’ll know today that wonderful opportunities for creative self-expression are all around me.”
— Mel B.
Stools & Bottles — Day 01
First Daily Reminder –
Let’s be honest today. Let’s face facts. Alcohol is a beverage for most people but a drug for alcoholics. Our uncontrolled use of this narcotic has made us sick in body, mind and spirit. We are powerless over it. It threatens our lives and sanity.
Daily Inventory –
How alcoholic are we? Do we drink sanely? Are we all through fighting booze? Have we really hit bottom? Will we accept AA?
Suggested Meditation –
As sick alcoholics, we should join AA. As members, we should recall daily that we are arresting an incurable illness. That we are sick — not plain crazy. Our uncontrollable drinking has placed us in a very bad spot. To take it or leave it alone — that is the question. Drinking alcoholics can do neither — that is our problem. To live sanely, we must leave it alone — that is a act. Without AA this is impossible. AA is the best solution to our drinking problem.
Spiritual Contact –
Our Father, give us an understanding of our illness. Strengthen our efforts to overcome it. Lead us in the paths of contented sobriety.
Daily Physical Audit –
AA is made up of the persons who are attempting to compensate for a lifetime of mistakes. That is the premise upon which our recovery program is based. Through study and honest endeavor, we arrest our mental and physical illness. The baffling part of alcoholism is our disregard for health. We depend too much upon curing the disease when we should be building up healthy bodies to prevent it.