Thursday, November 27, 2014

Friends of Bill W The December Issue from Grapevine Is Available


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The holidays are a time for laughter, joy and fellowship. But they also can be stressful for alcoholics. Thanks to AA, we have ways to help us navigate parties and family gatherings-tools to help us with our loneliness, to help lower our expectations and remind us to reach out to others. This month, we feature stories by members who have found ways to stay sober through the holidays.

In "Faith & Flour" a sober mom takes one cup of AA and a pound of love and bakes some holiday joy. "The Gift of Sharing" is a bittersweet holiday story about AAs in Minnesota who get a beautiful lesson from a dying member. And two lonely AAs team up and find joy by volunteering to do service at a local church one holiday in "Dinner for 1800."



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Friends of Bill W Daily Reflection NOVEMBER 27

 NOVEMBER 27
THE PERILS OF THE LIMELIGHT 
In the beginning, the press could not understand our
refusal of all personal publicity. They were genuinely
baffled by our insistence upon anonymity. Then they got the
point. Here was something rare in the world —a society
which said it wished to publicize its principles and its work,
but not its individual members. The press was delighted
with this attitude. Ever since, these friends have reported
A.A. with an enthusiasm which the most ardent members
would find hard to match. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 182 

It is essential for my personal survival and that of the
Fellowship that I not use A.A. to put myself in the
limelight. Anonymity is a way for me to work on my
humility. Since pride is one of my most dangerous
shortcomings, practicing humility is one of the best ways to
overcome it. The Fellowship of A.A. gains worldwide
recognition by its various methods of publicizing its
principles and its work, not by its individual members
advertising themselves. The attraction created by my
changing attitudes and my altruism contributes much more
to the welfare of A.A. than self-promotion. 

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflection NOVEMBER 26

 NOVEMBER 26
THE HAZARDS OF PUBLICITY 
People who symbolize causes and ideas fill a deep human
need. We of A.A. do not question that. But we do have to
soberly face the fact that being in the public eye is
hazardous, especially for us. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 181 

As a recovered alcoholic I must make an effort to put into
practice the principles of the AA. program, which are
founded on honesty, truth and humility. While I was
drinking I was constantly trying to be in the limelight. Now
that I am conscious of my mistakes and of my former lack
of integrity, it would not be honest to seek prestige, even
for the justifiable purpose of promoting the A.A. message
of recovery. Is the publicity that centers around the A.A.
Fellowship and the miracles it produces not worth much
more? Why not let the people around us appreciate by
themselves the changes that A.A. has brought in us, for that
will be a far better recommendation for the Fellowship than
any I could make. 

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflection NOVEMBER 25

 NOVEMBER 25
A POWERFUL TRADITION 
In the years before the publication of the book, "Alcoholics
Anonymous," we had no name. . . . By a narrow majority
the verdict was for naming our book "The Way Out" . . . 
One of our early lone members . . . found exactly twelve
books already titled "The Way Out" ... So "Alcoholics
Anonymous" became first choice. That's how we got a name
for our book of experience, a name for our movement and,
as we are now beginning to see, a tradition of the greatest
spiritual import. 
"A.A. TRADITION: HOW IT DEVELOPED," pp. 35-36 

Beginning with Bill's momentous decision in Akron to
make a telephone call rather than a visit to the hotel bar,
how often has a Higher Power made itself felt at crucial
moments in our history! The eventual importance that the
principle of anonymity would acquire was but dimly
perceived, if at all, in those early days. There seems to have
been an element of chance even in the choice of a name for
our Fellowship. 
God is no stranger to anonymity and often appears in
human affairs in the guises of "luck," "chance," or
"coincidence." If anonymity, somewhat fortuitously,
became the spiritual basis for all of our Traditions, perhaps 
God was acting anonymously on our behalf.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections NOVEMBER 24

 NOVEMBER 24
A UNIVERSAL SEARCH 
Be quick to see where religious people are right Make use
of what they offer. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 87 

I do not claim to have all the answers in spiritual matters,
any more than I claim to have all the answers about
alcoholism. There are others who are also engaged in a
spiritual search. If I keep an open mind about what others
have to say, I have much to gain. My sobriety is greatly
enriched, and my practice of the Eleventh Step more
fruitful, when I use both the literature and practices of my
Judeo-Christian tradition, and the resources of other religions.
Thus, I receive support from many sources in staying away
from the first drink.
 

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflection NOVEMBER 23

 NOVEMBER 23
"HOLD YOUR FACE TO THE LIGHT" 
Believe more deeply. Hold your face up to the Light, even
though for the moment you do not see. 
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 3 

One Sunday in October, during my morning meditation, I
glanced out the window at the ash tree in our front yard. At
once I was overwhelmed by its magnificent, golden color!
As I stared in awe at God's work of art, the leaves began to
fall and, within minutes, the branches were bare. Sadness
came over me as I thought of the winter months ahead, but
just as I was reflecting on autumn's annual process, God's
message came through. Like the trees, stripped of their
leaves in the fall, sprout new blossoms in the spring, I had
had my compulsive, selfish ways removed by God in order
for me to blossom into a sober, joyful member of A.A.
Thank you, God, for the changing seasons and for my everchanging
life.
 

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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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