Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflection OCTOBER 22

 OCTOBER 22
TRUE TOLERANCE 
Finally, we begin to see that all people, including
ourselves, are to some extent emotionally ill as well as
frequently wrong and then we approach true tolerance and
see what real love for our fellows actually means 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 92 
 
The thought occurred to me that all people are emotionally
ill to some extent. How could we not be? Who among us is
spiritually perfect? Who among us is physically perfect?
How could any of us be emotionally perfect? Therefore,
what else are we to do but bear with one another and treat
each other as we would be treated in similar circumstances?
That is what love really is.
 

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflection - OCTOBER 21

 OCTOBER 21
NOTHING GROWS IN THE DARK 
We will want the good that is in us all, even in the worst of
us, to flower and to grow. 
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 10 

With the self-discipline and insight gained from practicing
Step Ten, I begin to know the gratifications of sobriety—
not as mere abstinence from alcohol, but as recovery in
every department of my life. 
I renew hope, regenerate faith, and regain the dignity of
self-respect. I discover the word "and" in the phrase "and
when we were wrong, promptly admitted it." 
Reassured that I am no longer always wrong, I learn to
accept myself as I am, with a new sense of the miracles of
sobriety and serenity. 

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflection - OCTOBER 20

 OCTOBER 20
SOLACE FOR CONFUSION 
Obviously, the dilemma of the wanderer from faith is that
of profound confusion. He thinks himself lost to the comfort
of any conviction at all He cannot attain in even a small
degree the assurance of the believer, the agnostic, or the
atheist. He is the bewildered one. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 28 

The concept of God was one that I struggled with during
my early years of sobriety. The images that came to me,
conjured from my past, were heavy with fear, rejection and
condemnation. Then I heard my friend Ed's image of a
Higher Power: As a boy he had been allowed a Utter of
puppies, provided that he assume responsibility for their
care. Each morning he would find the unavoidable "byproducts"
of the puppies on the kitchen floor. Despite frustration, Ed said
he couldn't get angry because "that's the nature of puppies."
Ed felt that God viewed our defects and shortcomings
with a similar understanding and warmth. I've often found
solace from my personal confusion in Ed's calming
concept of God.
 

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

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Each November, our special section features selections from our Grapevine Story Archive. This extensive archive-found on our website, aagrapevine.org-contains every story printed in Grapevine since 1944, including many of Bill W.'s essays. This month we feature stories of experience, strength and hope from our new book, Sober & Out, by and about LGBT AA members.

In "A Girl from the Midwest," an alcoholic gay woman finds sobriety and acceptance in AA. A gay man remembers what meetings were like for him in the 1970s in "Acceptance is a Two-Way Street." In "Janet's Story," a woman with plans to be a missionary instead discovers booze. In "The Other Brother," a sober gay man returns home to help his family bury his alcoholic brother. And a group of AA members have a great time in the woods, with a meeting, fellowship-and some unexpected guests-in "Surprise in the Desert."



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Friends of Bill W Daily Reflection OCTOBER 19

 OCTOBER 19
A.A'S "MAIN TAPROOT" 
The principle that we shall find no enduring strength until
we first admit complete defeat is the main taproot from
which our whole Society has sprung and flowered. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, pp. 21-22 

Defeated, and knowing it, I arrived at the doors of A.A.,
alone and afraid of the unknown. A power outside of
myself had picked me up off my bed, guided me to the
phone book, then to the bus stop, and through the doors of
Alcoholics Anonymous. Once inside A.A. I experienced a
sense of being loved and accepted, something I had net felt
since early childhood. May I never lose the sense of wonder I
experienced on that first evening with A.A.,the greatest event
of my entire life. 

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections OCTOBER 18

 OCTOBER 18
AN OPEN MIND 
True humility and an open mind can lead us to faith, . . . 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 33 

My alcoholic thinking led me to believe that I could control
my drinking, but I couldn't. When I came to A.A., I realized
that God was speaking to me through my group. My mind
was open just enough to know that I needed His help. A
real, honest acceptance of AA. took more time, but with it
came humility. I know how insane I was, and I am extremely
grateful to have my sanity restored to me and to be a sober
alcoholic. The new, sober me is a much better person
than I ever could have been without A.A.
 

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections OCTOBER 17

 OCTOBER 17
A DAILY TUNE-UP 
Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God's
will into all of our activities. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 85 
 
How do I maintain my spiritual condition? For me it's quite
simple: on a daily basis I ask my Higher Power to grant me
the gift of sobriety for that day! I have talked to many
alcoholics who have gone back to drinking and I always ask
them: "Did you pray for sobriety the day you took your first
drink?" Not one of them said yes. As I practice Step Ten
and try to keep my house in order on a daily basis, I have
the knowledge that if I ask for a daily reprieve, it will be
granted. 

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