Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections APRIL 1

 APRIL 1
LOOKING WITHIN 
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of
ourselves. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 42 

Step Four is the vigorous and painstaking effort to discover
what the liabilities in each of us have been, and are. I want
to find exactly how, when, and where my natural desires
have warped me. I wish to look squarely at the unhappiness
this has caused others and myself. By discovering what my
emotional deformities are, I can move toward their correction.
Without a willing and persistent effort to do this, there can
be little sobriety or contentment for me.
To resolve ambivalent feelings, I need to feel a strong
and helpful sense of myself. Such an awareness doesn't
happen overnight, and no one's self-awareness is
permanent. Everyone has the capacity for growth, and for
self-awareness, through an honest encounter with reality.
When I don't avoid issues but meet them directly, always
trying to resolve them, they become fewer and fewer. 

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections MARCH 31

 MARCH 31
NO ONE DENIED ME LOVE 
On the A. A. calendar it was Year Two. . . . A newcomer
appeared at one of these groups. . . . He soon proved that
his was a desperate case, and that above all he wanted to
get well . . . [He said], "Since I am the victim of another
addiction even worse stigmatized than alcoholism, you may
not want me among you." 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, pp. 141-42 

I came to you—a wife, mother, woman who had walked out
on her husband, children, family. I was a drunk, a pill-head,
a nothing. Yet no one denied me love, caring, a sense of
belonging. Today, by God's grace and the love of a good
sponsor and a home group, I can say that—through you in
Alcoholics Anonymous—I am a wife, a mother, a
grandmother and a woman. Sober. Free of pills. Responsible.
 
Without a Higher Power I found in the Fellowship, my
life would be meaningless. I am full of gratitude to be a
member of good standing in Alcoholics Anonymous. 

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections MARCH 30

 MARCH 30
OUR GROUP CONSCIENCE 
". . . sometimes the good is the enemy of the best" 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS COMES OF AGE P- 101 

I think these words apply to every area of A.A.'s Three
Legacies: Recovery, Unity and Service! I want them etched
in my mind and life as I "trudge the Road of Happy
Destiny" (Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 164). These words,
often spoken by co-founder Bill W., were appropriately
said to him as the result of the group's conscience. It
brought home to Bill W. the essence of our Second Tradition:
"Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern."
 
Just as Bill W. was originally urged to remember, I think
that in our group discussions we should never settle for the
"good," but always strive to attain the "best." These
common strivings are yet another example of a loving God,
as we understand Him, expressing Himself through the
group conscience. Experiences such as these help me to
stay on the proper path of recovery. I learn to combine
initiative with humility, responsibility with thankfulness, 
and thus relish the joys of living my twenty-four hour 
program. 

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections MARCH 29

 MARCH 29
TRUSTED SERVANTS 
They are servants. Theirs is the sometimes thankless
privilege of doing the group's chores 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 134 

In Zorba the Greek, Nikos Kazantzakis describes an
encounter between his principal character and an old man
busily at work planting a tree. "What is it you are doing?"
Zorba asks. The old man replies: "You can see very well
what I'm doing, my son, I'm planting a tree." "But why
plant a tree," Zorba asks, "if you won't be able to see it bear
fruit?" And the old man answers: "I, my son, live as though
I were never going to die." The response brings a faint
smile to Zorba's lips and, as he walks away, he exclaims
with a note of irony: "How strange—I live as though I were
going to die tomorrow!" 
As a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, I have found
that the Third Legacy is a fertile soil in which to plant the
tree of my sobriety. The fruits I harvest are wonderful:
peace, security, understanding and twenty-four hours of
eternal fulfillment; and with the soundness of mind to listen 
to the voice of my conscience when, in silence, it gently 
speaks to me, saying: You must let go in service. There are
others who must plant and harvest. 

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections MARCH 28

 MARCH 28
EQUALITY 
Our membership ought to include all who suffer from
alcoholism Hence we may refuse none who wish to recover.
Nor ought A.A. membership ever depend upon money or
conformity. Any two or three alcoholics gathered together
for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group, provided
that, as a group, they have no other affiliation. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 565 

Prior to A.A., I often felt that I didn't "fit in" with the 
people around me. Usually "they" had more/ less money 
than I did, and my points of view didn't jibe with "theirs."
The amount of prejudice I had experienced in society only
proved to me just how phony some self-righteous people
were. After joining A. A., I found the way of life I had been
searching for. In A.A. no member is better than any other
member; we're just alcoholics trying to recover from
alcoholism. 

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections MARCH 27

 MARCH 27
A.A.'s FREEDOMS 
We trust that we already know what our several freedoms
truly are; that no future generation of AAs will ever feel
compelled to limit them. Our AA freedoms create the soil in
which genuine love can grow. . . . 
LANGUAGE OF THE HEART, p. 303 

I craved freedom. First, freedom to drink; later, freedom
from drink. The A.A. program of recovery rests on a
foundation of free choice. There are no mandates, laws or
commandments. A.A.'s spiritual program, as outlined in the
Twelve Steps, and by which I am offered even greater
freedoms, is only suggested. I can take it or leave it.
Sponsorship is offered, not forced, and I come and go as I
will. It is these and other freedoms that allow me to recapture
the dignity that was crushed by the burden of drink, and
which is so dearly needed to support an enduring sobriety.
 

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections MARCH 26

 MARCH 26
THE TEACHING IS NEVER OVER 
Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit
your faults to Him and to your fellows. Clear away the
wreckage of your past Give freely of what you find and join
us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and
you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of
Happy Destiny. May God bless you and keep you—until
then. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 164 

These words put a lump in my throat each time I read them.
In the beginning it was because I felt, "Oh no! The teaching
is over. Now I'm on my own. It will never be this new
again." Today I feel deep affection for our A.A. pioneers
when I read this passage, realizing that it sums up all of
what I believe in, and strive for, and that—with God's
blessing—the teaching is never over, I'm never on my own,
and every day is brand new. 

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