Friday, December 9, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections DECEMBER 9

 DECEMBER 9
LOVE WITH NO PRICE TAG 
When the Twelfth Step is seen in its full implication, it is
really talking about the kind of love that has no price tag on
it 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 106 

In order for me to start working the Twelfth Step, I had to
work on sincerity, honesty, and to learn to act with
humility. Carrying the message is a gift of myself, no
matter how many years of sobriety I may have
accumulated. My dreams can become reality. I solidify my
sobriety by sharing what I have received freely. As I look
back to that time when I began my recovery, there was
already a seed of hope that I could help another drunk pull
himself out of his alcoholic mire. My wish to help another
drunk is the key to my spiritual health. But I never forget
that God acts through me. I am only His instrument. 
Even if the other person is not ready, there is success,
because my effort in his behalf has helped me to remain
sober and to become stronger. To act, to never grow weary
in my Twelfth Step work, is the key. If I am capable of
laughing today, let me not forget those days when I cried.
God reminds me that I can feel compassion! 

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections DECEMBER 8

 DECEMBER 8
SERVICE 
Life will take on new meaning. To watch people re-over, to
see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a
fellowship grow up about you, to have host of friends—this
is an experience you must not miss. . . . Frequent contact
with newcomers and nth each other is the bright spot of
our lives. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 89 

t is through service that the greatest rewards are to be
found. But to be in a position of offering true, useful and
effective service to others, I must first work on myself.
This means that I have to abandon myself to God,
admitting my faults and clearing away the wreckage of my
past. Work on myself has aught me how to find the
necessary peace and serenity to successfully merge
inspiration and experience. I have learned how to be, in the
truest sense, in open channel of sobriety. 

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections DECEMBER 7

 DECEMBER 7
TRUE AMBITION 
True ambition is not what we thought it was. True ambition
is the deep desire to live usefully and walk humbly under
the grace of God. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, pp. 124-25 

During my drinking years, my one and only concern was to
have my fellow man think highly of me. My ambition in
everything I did was to have the power to be at the top. My
inner self kept telling me something else but I couldn't
accept it. I didn't even allow myself to realize that I wore a
mask continually. Finally, when the mask came off and I
cried out to the only God I could conceive, the Fellowship
of A.A., my group and the Twelve Steps were there. I
learned how to change resentments into acceptance, fear
into hope and anger into love. I have learned also, through
loving without undue expectations, through sharing my
concerns and caring for my fellow man, that each day can
be joyous and fruitful. I begin and end my day with thanks
to God, who has so generously shed His grace on me. 

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections DECEMBER 6

 DECEMBER 6
WHEN THE CHIPS ARE DOWN 
When we developed still more, we discovered the best
possible source of emotional stability to be God Himself.
We found that dependence upon His perfect justice,
forgiveness, and love was healthy, and that it would work
where nothing else would. If we really depended upon God,
we couldn't very well play God to our fellows nor would we
feel the urge wholly to rely on human protection and care. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 116 

It has been my experience that, when all human resources
appear to have failed, there is always One who will never
desert me. Moreover, He is always there to share my joy,
to steer me down the right path, and to confide in when no
one else will do. While my well-being and happiness can
be added to, or diminished, by human efforts, only God can
provide the loving nourishment upon which I depend for
my daily spiritual health. 

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections DECEMBER 5

 DECEMBER 5
A NEW STATE OF CONSCIOUSNESS 
He has been granted a gift which amounts to a new state of
consciousness and being. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 107 

Many of us in AA. puzzle over what is a spiritual
awakening. I tended to look for a miracle, something
dramatic and earth-shattering. But what usually happens is
that a sense of well-being, a feeling of peace, transforms us
into a new level of awareness. That's what happened to me.
My insanity and inner turmoil disappeared and I entered
into a new dimension of hope, love and peace. I think the
degree to which I continue to experience this new dimension
is in direct proportion to the sincerity, depth and devotion
with which I practice the Twelve Steps of A.A.
 

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflection DECEMBER 4

 DECEMBER 4
INTO ACTION
A. A. is more than a set of principles; it is a society of
alcoholics in action. We must carry the message, else we
ourselves can wither and those who haven't been given the
truth may die.
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 13

 
I desperately wanted to live, but if I was to succeed, I had to
become active in our God-given program. I joined what
became my group, where I opened the hall, made coffee,
and cleaned up. I had been sober about three months when
an oldtimer told me I was doing Twelfth-Step work. What a
satisfying realization that was! I felt I was really
accomplishing something. God had given me a second
chance, A.A. had shown me the way, and these gifts were
not only free—they were also priceless! Now the joy of
seeing newcomers grow reminds me of where I have come
from, where I am now, and the limitless possibilities that he
ahead. I need to attend meetings because they recharge my
batteries so that I have light when it's needed. I'm still a
beginner in service work, but already I am receiving more
than I'm giving. I can't keep it unless I give it away. I
am responsible when another reaches out for help. I want to be
there—sober. 

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflection DECEMBER 3

 DECEMBER 3
IN ALL OUR AFFAIRS 
. . . we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to
practice these principles in all our affairs. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 106 

I find that carrying the message of recovery to other
alcoholics is easy because it helps me to stay sober and it
provides me with a sense of well-being about my own
recovery. The hard part is practicing these principles in all
my affairs. It is important that I share the benefits I receive
from A.A., especially at home. Doesn't my family deserve
the same patience, tolerance and understanding I so readily
give to the alcoholic? When reviewing my day I try to ask,
"Did I have a chance to be a friend today and miss it?" "Did
I have a chance to rise above a nasty situation and avoid
it?" "Did I have a chance to say 'I'm sorry,' and refuse to?" 
Just as I ask God for help with my alcoholism each day,
I ask for help in extending my recovery to include all
situations and all people! 

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