Sunday, October 26, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflection OCTOBER 26

 OCTOBER 26
ONE ULTIMATE AUTHORITY 
For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—
a loving God as He may express Himself in our group
conscience. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 132
 
When I am chosen to carry some small responsibility for
my fellows, I ask that God grant me the patience, openmindedness,
and willingness to listen to those I would lead.  I must remind
myself that I am the trusted servant of others, not their "governor,"
"teacher," or "instructor." God guides my words and my actions,
and my responsibility is to heed  His suggestions. Trust is
my watchword, I trust others who lead. In the Fellowship
of A.A., I entrust God with the ultimate authority of "running
the show."
 

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflection OCTOBER 25

 OCTOBER 25
A.A.'s HEARTBEAT 
Without unity, the heart of A.A. would cease to beat; . . . 
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 125 
 
Without unity I would be unable to recover in A.A. on a
daily basis. By practicing unity within my group, with other
A.A. members and at all levels of this great Fellowship, I
receive a pronounced feeling of knowing that I am a part of
a miracle that was divinely inspired. The ability of Bill W.
and Dr. Bob, working together and passing it on to other
members, tells me that to give it away is to keep it. Unity is
oneness and yet the whole Fellowship is for all of us. 

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections OCTOBER 24

  OCTOBER 24
"BY FAITH AND BY WORKS" 
On anvils of experience, the structure of our Society was
hammered out. . . . Thus has it been with A.A. By faith and
by works we have been able to build upon the lessons of an
incredible experience. They live today in the Twelve
Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous, which—God
willing—shall sustain us in unity for so long as He may
need us. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 131 

God has allowed me the right to be wrong in order for our
Fellowship to exist as it does today. If I place God's will
first in my life, it is very likely that A.A. as I know it today
will remain as it is. 

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflection OCTOBER 23

 OCTOBER 23
WHAT WE KNOW BEST 
"Shoemaker, stick to thy last!" . . . better do one thing
supremely well than many badly. That is the central theme
of this Tradition [Five]. Around it our Society gathers in
unity. The very life of our Fellowship requires the
preservation of this principle. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 150 

The survival of A.A. depends upon unity. What would
happen if a group decided to become an employment
agency, a treatment center or a social service agency? Too
much specialization leads to no specialization, to frittering
of efforts and, finally, to decline. I have the qualifications
to share my sufferings and my way of recovery with the
newcomer. Conformity to A.A.'s primary purpose insures
the safety of the wonderful gift of sobriety, so my responsibility
is enormous.  The life of millions of alcoholics is closely tied
to my competence in "carrying the message to the still-suffering
alcoholic."
 

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflection OCTOBER 22

 OCTOBER 22
TRUE TOLERANCE 
Finally, we begin to see that all people, including
ourselves, are to some extent emotionally ill as well as
frequently wrong and then we approach true tolerance and
see what real love for our fellows actually means 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 92 
 
The thought occurred to me that all people are emotionally
ill to some extent. How could we not be? Who among us is
spiritually perfect? Who among us is physically perfect?
How could any of us be emotionally perfect? Therefore,
what else are we to do but bear with one another and treat
each other as we would be treated in similar circumstances?
That is what love really is.
 

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflection - OCTOBER 21

 OCTOBER 21
NOTHING GROWS IN THE DARK 
We will want the good that is in us all, even in the worst of
us, to flower and to grow. 
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 10 

With the self-discipline and insight gained from practicing
Step Ten, I begin to know the gratifications of sobriety—
not as mere abstinence from alcohol, but as recovery in
every department of my life. 
I renew hope, regenerate faith, and regain the dignity of
self-respect. I discover the word "and" in the phrase "and
when we were wrong, promptly admitted it." 
Reassured that I am no longer always wrong, I learn to
accept myself as I am, with a new sense of the miracles of
sobriety and serenity. 

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflection - OCTOBER 20

 OCTOBER 20
SOLACE FOR CONFUSION 
Obviously, the dilemma of the wanderer from faith is that
of profound confusion. He thinks himself lost to the comfort
of any conviction at all He cannot attain in even a small
degree the assurance of the believer, the agnostic, or the
atheist. He is the bewildered one. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 28 

The concept of God was one that I struggled with during
my early years of sobriety. The images that came to me,
conjured from my past, were heavy with fear, rejection and
condemnation. Then I heard my friend Ed's image of a
Higher Power: As a boy he had been allowed a Utter of
puppies, provided that he assume responsibility for their
care. Each morning he would find the unavoidable "byproducts"
of the puppies on the kitchen floor. Despite frustration, Ed said
he couldn't get angry because "that's the nature of puppies."
Ed felt that God viewed our defects and shortcomings
with a similar understanding and warmth. I've often found
solace from my personal confusion in Ed's calming
concept of God.
 

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