Saturday, November 22, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflection NOVEMBER 22

NOVEMBER 22
ONLY TWO SINS  
 
. . . there are only two sins; the first is to interfere with the
growth of another human being, and the second is to
interfere with one's own growth. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 542 

Happiness is such an elusive state. How often do my
"prayers" for others involve "hidden" prayers for my own
agenda? How often is my search for happiness a boulder in
the path of growth for another, or even myself? Seeking
growth through humility and acceptance brings things that
appear to be anything but good, wholesome and vital. Yet
in looking back, I can see that pain, struggles and setbacks
have all contributed eventually to serenity through growth
in the program. 
I ask my Higher Power to help me not cause another's
lack of growth today—or my own. 

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflection NOVEMBER 21

 NOVEMBER 21
A CLASSIC PRAYER 
Lord, make me a channel for thy peace—that where there
is hatred, I may bring love—that where there is wrong, I
may bring the spirit of forgiveness—that where there is
discord, I may bring harmony—that where there is error, I
may bring truth—that where there is doubt, I may bring
faith—that where there is despair, I may bring hope—that
where there are shadows, I may bring light—that where
there is sadness, I may bring joy. Lord, grant that I may
seek rather to comfort than to be comforted—to understand,
than to be understood—to love, than to be loved. For it
is by self-forgetting that one finds.It is by forgiving
that one is forgiven. It is by dying that one awakens to
Eternal Life. Amen.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 99 

No matter where I am in my spiritual growth, the St.
Francis prayer helps me improve my conscious contact
with the God of my understanding. I think that one of the
great advantages of my faith in God is that I do not
understand Him, or Her, or It. It may be that my
relationship with my Higher Power is so fruitful that I do
not have to understand. All that I am certain of is that if I
work the Eleventh Step regularly, as best I can, I will
continue to improve my conscious contact, I will know His
will 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflection NOVEMBER 20

 NOVEMBER 20
"THY WILL, NOT MINE" 
. . . when making specific requests, it will be well to add to
each one of them this qualification. ". . . if it be Thy will" 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 102 

I ask simply that throughout the day God place in me the
best understanding of His will that I can have for that day,
and that I be given the grace by which I may carry it out. As
the day goes on, I can pause when facing situations that
must be met and decisions that must be made, and renew
the simple request: "Thy will, not mine, be done." 
I must always keep in mind that in every situation I am
responsible for the effort and God is responsible for the
outcome. I can "Let Go and Let God" by humbly repeating:
"Thy will, not mine, be done." Patience and persistence in
seeking His will for me will free me from the pain of selfish
expectations. 

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections NOVEMBER 19

NOVEMBER 19
"I WAS SLIPPING FAST" 
We A.A.'s are active folk, enjoying the satisfactions of
dealing with the realities of life, . . . So it isn't surprising
that we often tend to slight serious meditation and prayer as
something not really necessary. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 96 

I had been slipping away from the program for some time,
but it took a death threat from a terminal disease to bring
me back, and particularly to the practice of the Eleventh
Step of our blessed Fellowship. Although I had fifteen years
of sobriety and was still very active in the program, I knew
that the quality of my sobriety had slipped badly. Eighteen
months later, a checkup revealed a malignant tumor and a
prognosis of certain death within six months. Despair
settled in when I enrolled in a rehab program, after which I
suffered two small strokes which revealed two large brain
tumors. As I kept hitting new bottoms I had to ask myself
why this was happening to me. God allowed me to recognize
my dishonesty and to become teachable again.
Miracles began to happen. But primarily I relearned the
whole meaning of the Eleventh Step. My physical condition 
has improved dramatically, but my illness is minor 
compared to what I almost lost completely.
 

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections NOVEMBER 18

 NOVEMBER 18
A SAFETY NET 
Occasionally. . . . We are seized with a rebellion so
sickening that we simply won't pray. When these things
happen we should not think too ill of ourselves. We should
simply resume prayer as soon as we can, doing what we
know to be good for us. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 105 
 
Sometimes I scream, stomp my feet, and turn my back on
my Higher Power. Then my disease tells me that I am a
failure, and that if I stay angry I'll surely get drunk. In those
moments of self-will it's as if I've slipped over a cliff and
am hanging by one hand. The above passage is my safety
net, in that it urges me to try some new behavior, such as
being kind and patient with myself. It assures me that my
Higher Power will wait until I am willing once again to risk
letting go, to land in the net, and to pray. 

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections NOVEMBER 17

 NOVEMBER 17
OVERCOMING LONELINESS 
Almost without exception, alcoholics are tortured by
loneliness Even before our drinking got bad and people
began to cut us off, nearly all of us suffered the feeling that
we didn't quite belong. 
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 90 

The agonies and the void that I often felt inside occur less
and less frequently in my life today. I have learned to cope
with solitude. It is only when I am alone and calm that I am
able to communicate with God, for He cannot reach me
when I am in turmoil. It is good to maintain contact with
God at all times, but it is absolutely essential that, when
everything seems to go wrong, I maintain that contact
through prayer and meditation. 

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections NOVEMBER 16

 NOVEMBER 16
A DAILY REPRIEVE 
What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the
maintenance of our spiritual condition. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 85 

Maintaining my spiritual condition is like working out
every day, planning for the marathon, swimming laps,
jogging. It's staying in good shape spiritually, and that
requires prayer and meditation. The single most important
way for me to improve my conscious contact with a Higher
Power is to pray and meditate. I am as powerless over
alcohol as I am to turn back the waves of the sea; no human
force had the power to overcome my alcoholism. Now I am
able to breathe the air of joy, happiness and wisdom. I have
the power to love and react to events around me with the
eyes of a faith in things that are not readily apparent. My
daily reprieve means that, no matter how difficult or
painful things appear today, I can draw on the power of the
program to stay liberated from my cunning, baffling and
powerful illness. 

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