Thursday, July 30, 2015

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections JULY 30

 JULY 30
GIVING BACK 
. . . he has struck something better than gold. . . . 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, p. 129 

My part of the Seventh Tradition means so much more than
just giving money to pay for the coffee. It means being
accepted for myself by belonging to a group. For the first
time I can be responsible, because I have a choice. I can
learn the principles of working out problems in my daily
life by getting involved in the "business" of A.A. By being
self-supporting, I can give back to A. A. what A.A. gave to
me! Giving back to A.A. not only ensures my own
sobriety, but allows me to buy insurance that A.A. will be
here for my grandchildren. 

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections JULY 29

 JULY 29
ANONYMOUS GIFTS OF KINDNESS 
As active alcoholics we were always looking for a handout
in one way or another. 
"THE TWELVE TRADITIONS ILLUSTRATED," p. 14 

The challenge of the Seventh Tradition is a personal
challenge, reminding me to share and give of myself.
Before sobriety the only thing I ever supported was my
habit of drinking. Now my efforts are a smile, a kind word,
and kindness. 
I saw that I had to start carrying my own weight and to
allow my new friends to walk with me because, through the
practice of the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, I've
never had it so good. 

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections JULY 28

 JULY 28
THOSE WHO STILL SUFFER 
Let us resist the proud assumption that since God has
enabled us to do well in one area we are destined to be a
channel of saving grace for everybody. 
A.A. COMES OF AGE, p. 232 

A.A. groups exist to help alcoholics achieve sobriety.
Large or small, firmly established or brand-new, speaker,
discussion or study, each group has but one reason for
being: to carry the message to the still-suffering alcoholic.
The group exists so that the alcoholic can find a new way
of life, a life abundant in happiness, joy, and freedom. To
recover, most alcoholics need the support of a group of
other alcoholics who share their experience, strength and
hope. Thus my sobriety, and our program's survival,
depend on my determination to put first things first. 

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections July 27

 JULY 27

GIVING FREELY 

We will make every personal sacrifice necessary to

insure the unity of Alcoholics Anonymous. We will

do this because we have learned to love God and one

another.

 A.A. COMES OF AGE, p. 234 

To be self-supporting through my own contributions was

never a strong characteristic during my days as a practicing

alcoholic. The giving of time or money always demanded a

price tag. 

As a newcomer I was told "we have to give it away in

order to keep it." As I began to adopt the principles of

Alcoholics Anonymous in my life, I soon found it was a

privilege to give to the Fellowship as an expression of the

gratitude I felt in my heart. My love of God and of others

became the motivating factor in my life, with no thought of

return. I realize now that giving freely is God's way of

expressing Himself through me. 

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections July 26

JULY 26

THE "WORTH" OF SOBRIETY 

Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting,

declining outside contributions. 

TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 160 

When I go shopping I look at the prices and if I need what I

see, I buy it and pay. Now that I am supposed to be in

rehabilitation, I have to straighten out my life. When I go

to a meeting, I take a coffee with sugar and milk,

sometimes more than one. But at the collection time, I am

either too busy to take money out of my purse, or I do not

have enough, but I am there because I need this meeting. I

heard someone suggest dropping the price of a beer into the

basket, and I thought, that's too much! I almost never give

one dollar. Like many others, I rely on the more generous

members to finance the Fellowship. I forget that it takes

money to rent the meeting room, buy my milk, sugar and

cups. I will pay, without hesitation, ninety cents for a cup

of coffee at a restaurant after the meeting; I always have

money for that. So, how much is my sobriety and my inner

peace worth?  

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections July 25

 JULY 25

THOSE WHO STILL SUFFER 

For us, if we neglect those who are still sick, there is

unremitting danger to our own lives and sanity. 

TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 151 

I know the torment of drinking compulsively to quiet my

nerves and my fears. I also know the pain of whiteknuckled

sobriety.

Today, I do not forget the unknown person who suffers quietly,

withdrawn and hiding  in the desperate relief of drinking.

I ask my Higher Power to give me His guidance and

the courage to be willing to be His instrument to

carry within me compassion and unselfish 

actions. Let the group continue to give me

the strength to do with others what I cannot

do alone. 

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections July 24

 JULY 24

HELPING OTHERS 

Our very lives, as ex-problem drinkers, depend upon our

constant thought of others and how we may help meet their

needs. 

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 20 

Self-centeredness was my problem. All my life people had

been doing things for me and I not only expected it, but I

was ungrateful and resentful they didn't do more. Why

should I help others, when they were supposed to help me?

If others had troubles, didn't they deserve them? I was

filled with self-pity, anger and resentment. Then I learned

that by helping others, with no thought of return, I could

overcome this obsession with selfishness, and if I

understood humility, I would know peace and serenity. No

longer do I need to drink. 

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