Monday, September 26, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections SEPTEMBER 26

 SEPTEMBER 26
OUR CHILDREN 
The alcoholic may find it hard to re-establish friendly
relations with his children. . . . In time they will see that he
is a new man and in their own way they will let him know
it. . . . From that point on, progress will be rapid.
Marvelous results often follow such a reunion. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 134 

While on the road to recovery I received a gift that could
not be purchased. It was a card from my son in college,
saying, "Dad, you can't imagine how glad I am that
everything is okay. Happy Birthday, I love you." My son
had told me that he loved me before. It had been during the
previous Christmas holidays, when he had said to me,
while crying, "Dad, I love you! Can't you see what you're
doing to yourself?" I couldn't. Choked with emotion, I had
cried, but this time, when I received my son's card, my tears
were tears of joy, not desperation. 

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections SEPTEMBER 25

 SEPTEMBER 25
FIRST THINGS FIRST 
Some of us have taken very hard knocks to learn this truth:
Job or no job—wife or no wife—we simply do not stop
drinking so long as we place dependence upon other
people ahead of dependence on God. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 98 

Before coming to A.A., I always had excuses for taking a
drink: "She said . . . ," "He said "I got fired yesterday," "I
got a great job today." No area of my life could be good if I
drank again. In sobriety my life gets better each day. I must
always remember not to drink, to trust God, and to stay
active in A.A. Am I putting anything before my sobriety,
God, and A.A. today? 

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections SEPTEMBER 24

 SEPTEMBER 24
VIGILANCE 
We have seen the truth demonstrated again and again:
"Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic" Commencing to
drink after a period of sobriety, we are in a short time as
bad as ever. If we are planning to stop drinking, there must
be no reservation of any kind, nor any lurking notion that
someday we will be immune to alcohol 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 33 
 
Today I am an alcoholic. Tomorrow will be no different.
My alcoholism lives within me now and forever. I must
never forget what I am. Alcohol will surely kill me if I fail
to recognize and acknowledge my disease on a daily basis.
I am not playing a game in which a loss is a temporary
setback. I am dealing with my disease, for which there is
no cure, only daily acceptance and vigilance. 

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections SEPTEMBER 23

 SEPTEMBER 23
"I WAS AN EXCEPTION" 
He [Bill W.] said to me, gently and simply, "Do you think
that you are one of us?" 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 413 
 
During my drinking life I was convinced I was an
exception. I thought I was beyond petty requirements and
had the right to be excused. I never realized that the dark
counterbalance of my attitude was the constant feeling that
I did not "belong." At first, in A.A., I identified with others
only as an alcoholic. What a wonderful awakening for me
it has been to realize that, if human beings were doing the
best they could, then so was I! All of the pains, confusions
and joys they feel are not exceptional, but part of my life,
just as much as anybody's. 

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Friends of Bill W Read the October Issue of Grapevine


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The October Issue of Grapevine Is Here!
 
This month's special section features stories from
Atheist and Agnostic Members
   

 This month, our special section features stories by atheist and agnostic AA members, some who have many years of sobriety. One member quotes our co-founder Bill W., in a 1946 Grapevine, "... an alcoholic is a member if he says so ... we can't force our beliefs or practices upon him." In editing these stories, we honored the request of some authors to not capitalize the word God, which is our usual style. Bill W. intended Grapevine to be a mirror of the Fellowship. We hope these stories will shed some light on the joys and challenges of our atheist and agnostic members. 
In the story "Sober with no god," a non-believing AA member with 26 years expresses his thoughts about a Higher Power. In "God on Every Page," a member's 
sponsor-- a Christian-- helps him learn to get sober and stay sober, he says, "without all that God stuff." A member in California shares a challenging experience with starting a freethinkers' group in "Open-minded." And an ordained Episcopal priest and past Chair of the AA General Service Board shares his thoughts after attending the first International Conference for Atheists, Agnostics and Freethinkers in AA in "We Share Common Ground." 


Grow Your Grapevine

How to Participate 

There is a new, fun way to learn 
All about the Grapevine and to carry the message at the same time!

How to Play
Get together with your home group, district or area to 
complete and check off as many activities as you wish on the Activities card.
The Area with the greatest number of Activities cards submitted will be featured online and in the magazine during 2017. 

All cards will be entered into a drawing. Five winners will receive a selection 
of Grapevine books and other items.

Be sure to add your AA Area to your Activities card before you return it to the GV office!  

Grapevine Needs Your Support to Grow.  Learn more.

Participate with Grapevine 

Flex your funny bone
 
If a great caption springs to mind when you look at this picture, submit it for possible publication on our humor page. Or just vote for your favorite caption! See more.

Share Your Story With Us  
We are always looking for stories on special topics as well as for departments such as Emotional Sobriety, Sponsorship, Newcomers, Youth Enjoying Sobriety, Old-Timers and Home Group, and the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.





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Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections SEPTEMBER 22

 SEPTEMBER 22
A "LIMITLESS LODE" 
Like a gaunt prospector, belt drawn in over the last ounce
of food, our pick struck gold. Joy at our release from a
lifetime of frustration knew no bounds. Father feels he has
struck something better than gold. For a time he may try to
hug the new treasure to himself. He may not see at once
that he has barely scratched a limitless lode which will pay
dividends only if he mines it for the rest of his life and
insists on giving away the entire product. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, pp. 128-29 

When I talk with a newcomer to A.A., my past looks me
straight in the face. I see the pain in those hopeful eyes, I
extend my hand, and then the miracle happens: / become
healed. My problems vanish as I reach out to this trembling
soul. 

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections SEPTEMBER 21

 SEPTEMBER 21
THE LAST PROMISE 
We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we
could not do for ourselves. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 84 

The last Promise in the Big Book came true for me on the
very first day of sobriety. God kept me sober that day, and
on every other day I allowed Him to operate in my life. He
gives me the strength, courage and guidance to meet my
responsibilities in life so that I am then able to reach out
and help others stay sober and grow. He manifests within
me, making me a channel of His word, thought and deed.
He works with my inner self, while I produce in the outer
world, for He will not do for me what I can do for myself. I
must be willing to do His work, so that He can function
through me successfully. 

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