Saturday, April 30, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections APRIL 30

 APRIL 30
A GREAT PARADOX 
These legacies of suffering and of recovery are easily
passed among alcoholics, one to the other. This is our gift
from God, and its bestowal upon others like us is the one
aim that today animates A.A.'s all around the globe. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 151 

The great paradox of A.A. is that I know I cannot keep the
precious gift of sobriety unless I give it away. 
My primary purpose is to stay sober. In A.A. I have no
other goal, and the importance of this is a matter of life or
death for me. If I veer from this purpose I lose. But A.A. is
not only for me; it is for the alcoholic who still suffers. The
legions of recovering alcoholics stay sober by sharing with
fellow alcoholics. The way to my recovery is to show others
in A.A. that when I share with them, we both grow in the
grace of the Higher Power, and both of us are on the
road to a happy destiny.
 

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections APRIL 29

 APRIL 29
GROUP AUTONOMY 
Some may think that we have carried the principle of group
autonomy to extremes. For example, in its original "long
form," Tradition Four declares: "Any two or three gathered
together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group,
provided that as a group they have no other affiliation. "* .
. . But this ultra-liberty is not so risky as it looks. 
A.A. COMES OF AGE PP 104-05 

As an active alcoholic, I abused every liberty that life
afforded. How could A.A. expect me to respect the "ultraliberty"
bestowed by Tradition Four? Learning respect has become
a lifetime job. 
A.A. has made me fully accept the necessity of discipline
and that, if I do not assert it from within, then I will pay for
it. This applies to groups too. Tradition Four points me in a
spiritual direction, in spite of my alcoholic inclinations. 
 
 
 
 
* This is a misquote; Bill quoted the Third Tradition, but was referring to
Tradition Four

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections APRIL 28

 APRIL 28
TWO "MAGNIFICENT STANDARDS" 
All A.A. progress can be reckoned in terms of just two
words: humility and responsibility. Our whole spiritual
development can be accurately measured by our degree of
adherence to these magnificent standards. 
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 271 

To acknowledge and respect the views, accomplishments
and prerogatives of others and to accept being wrong shows
me the way of humility. To practice the principles of A.A.
in all my affairs guides me to be responsible. Honoring
these precepts gives credence to Tradition Four—and to all
other Traditions of the Fellowship. Alcoholics Anonymous
has evolved a philosophy of life full of valid motivations,
rich in highly relevant principles and ethical values, a view
of life which can be extended beyond the confines of the
alcoholic population. To honor these precepts I need only
to pray, and care for my fellow man as if each one were my
brother. 

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections APRIL 27

 APRIL 27
JOYFUL DISCOVERIES 
We realize we know only a little. God will constantly
disclose more to you and to us. Ask Him in your morning
meditation what you can do each day for the man who is
still sick. The answers will come, if your own house is in
order. But obviously you cannot transmit something you
haven't got. See to it that your relationship with Him is
right, and great events will come to pass for you and
countless others. This is the Great Fact for us. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 164 

Sobriety is a journey of joyful discovery. Each day brings
new experience, awareness, greater hope, deeper faith,
broader tolerance. I must maintain these attributes or I will
have nothing to pass on. 
Great events for this recovering alcoholic are the normal
everyday joys found in being able to live another day in
God's grace. 

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Friends of Bill W Read the April Issue of Grapevine

 
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This month's special section features stories about getting involved in General Service Grapevine Magazine May  
Most AA members are well aware of Twelfth Step calls, chairing meetings, sponsorship and coffee crews. But many may not know about all the service opportunities beyond the home group. In 1951, our cofounder Bill W. wrote that these services "enable us to function as a whole," they are "the most vital, yet least understood group of services that AA has." This month, our special section features inspiring stories by members involved in the wonderful world of general service.

In the story "Why We Do It," a member sits grumbling in a Concepts workshop, yet soon hears the very words that will change his tune. Fun and service is the motto for a group of women near Kansas City as they hit the road to help out at workshops, assemblies and forums in "What Happens in the Van ..." Ever try to read The A.A. Service Manual all by yourself? One group has a great idea in "It Takes a Village." And the writer of "The Perfect Scheme" thought that becoming a GSR was a great way to meet a man. She found love alright-for the Fellowship.

 

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Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections APRIL 26

 APRIL 26
HAPPINESS IS NOT THE POINT 
/ don't think happiness or unhappiness is the point. How do
we meet the problems we face? How do we best learn from
them and transmit what we have learned to others, if they
would receive the knowledge? 
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 306 

In my search "to be happy," I changed jobs, married and
divorced, took geographical cures, and ran myself into
debt—financially, emotionally and spiritually. In A.A., I'm
learning to grow up. Instead of demanding that people,
places and things make me happy, I can ask God for selfacceptance.
When a problem overwhelms me, A.A.'s
Twelve Steps will help me grow through the pain. The
knowledge I gain can be a gift to others who suffer with the
same problem. As Bill said, "When pain comes, we are
expected to learn from it willingly, and help others to learn.
When happiness comes, we accept it as a gift, and thank
God for it." (As Bill Sees It, p. 306) 

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections APRIL 25

 APRIL 25
ENTERING A NEW DIMENSION 
In the late stages of our drinking the will to resist has fled.
Yet when we admit complete defeat and when we become
entirely ready to try A. A. principles, our obsession leaves
us and we enter a new dimension—freedom under God as
we understand Him. 
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 283 

I am fortunate to be among the ones who have had this
awesome transformation in my life. When I entered the
doors of A.A., alone and desperate, I had been beaten into
willingness to believe anything I heard. One of the things I
heard was, "This could be your last hangover, or you can
keep going round and round." The man who said this
obviously was a whole lot better off than 1.1 liked the idea
of admitting defeat and I have been free ever since! My
heart heard what my mind never could: "Being powerless
over alcohol is no big deal." I'm free and I'm grateful! 

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