Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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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Monday, April 27, 2015

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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Sunday, April 26, 2015

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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Saturday, April 25, 2015

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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Friday, April 24, 2015

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections APRIL 24

 APRIL 24
LEARNING TO LOVE OURSELVES 
Alcoholism was a lonely business, even though we were
surrounded by people who loved us . . . We were trying to
find emotional security either by dominating or by being
dependent upon others . . . We still vainly tried to be secure
by some unhealthy sort of domination or dependence. 
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 252 

When I did my personal inventory I found that I had
unhealthy relationships with most people in my life—my
friends and family, for example. I always felt isolated and
lonely. I drank to dull emotional pain. 
It was through staying sober, having a good sponsor and
working the Twelve Steps that I was able to build up my
low self-esteem. First the Twelve Steps taught me to
become my own best friend, and then, when I was able to
love myself, I could reach out and love others. 

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections APRIL 23

 APRIL 23
A.A. IS NOT A CURE-ALL 
It would be a product of false pride to claim that A. A. is a
cure-all, even for alcoholism 
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 285 

In my early years of sobriety I was full of pride, thinking
that A. A. was the only source of treatment for a good and
happy life. It certainly was the basic ingredient for my
sobriety and even today, with over twelve years in the
program, I am very involved in meetings, sponsorship and
service. During the first four years of my recovery, I found
it necessary to seek professional help, since my emotional
health was extremely poor. There are those folks too, who
have found sobriety and happiness in other organizations.
A.A. taught me that I had a choice: to go to any lengths to
enhance my sobriety. A.A. may not be a cure-all for
everything, but it is the center of my sober living. 

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections APRIL 22

 APRIL 22
NEW SOIL . . . NEW ROOTS  
Moments of perception can build into a lifetime of spiritual serenity,
 as I have excellent reason to know. Roots of reality, supplanting the
 neurotic underbrush, will hold fast despite the high winds of the forces
 which would destroy us, or which we would use to destroy ourselves.
 AS BILL SEES IT, p. 173


I came to A.A. green–a seedling quivering with exposed taproots.
It was for survival but it was a beginning. I stretched, developed, 
twisted, but with the help of others, my spirit eventually burst up
from the roots. I was free. I acted, withered, went inside, prayed,
acted again, understood anew, as one moment of perception struck. 
Up from my roots, spirit-arms lengthened into strong, green shoots:
high-springing servants stepping skyward. Here on earth God unconditionally
continues the legacy of higher love. My A.A. life put me
“on a different footing. . . [my] roots grasped a new soil.” 

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