Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections OCTOBER 1

 OCTOBER 1
LEST WE BECOME COMPLACENT 
It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and
rest on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for
alcohol is a subtle foe. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 85 

When I am in pain it is easy to stay close to the friends I
have found in the program. Relief from that pain is
provided in the solutions contained in A.A.'s Twelve Steps.
But when I am feeling good and things are going well, I can
become complacent. To put it simply, I become lazy and
turn into the problem instead of the solution. I need to get
into action, to take stock: where am I and where am I
going? A daily inventory will tell me what I must change to
regain spiritual balance. Admitting what I find within
myself, to God and to another human being, keeps me
honest and humble. 

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections SEPTEMBER 30

 SEPTEMBER 30
THE CIRCLE AND THE TRIANGLE 
The circle stands for the whole world of A.A., and the
triangle stands for A.A.'s Three Legacies of Recovery,
Unity, and Service. Within our wonderful new world, we
have found freedom from our fatal obsession. 
A.A. COMES OF AGE, p. 139 

Early in my A.A. life, I became employed in its services
and I found the explanation of our society's logo to be very
appropriate. First, a circle of love and service with a wellbalanced
triangle inside, the base of which represents our 
Recovery through the Twelve Steps.Then the other two
sides, representing Unity and Service, respectively.
The three sides of the triangle are equal. As I grew
in A.A. I soon identified myself with this symbol.
I am the circle, and the sides of the triangle
represent three aspects of my personality:
physical, emotional sanity, spirituality, the latter
forming the symbol's base. Taken together, all
three aspects of my personality translate into a sober
and happy life.
 

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections SEPTEMBER 29

 SEPTEMBER 29
EXACTLY ALIKE 
Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is
the bright spot of our lives. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 89 

A man came to the meeting drunk, interrupted the speakers,
stood up and took his shirt off, staggered loudly back and
forth for coffee, demanded to talk, and eventually called
the group's secretary an unquotable name and walked out. I
was glad he was there—once again I saw what I had been
like. But I also saw what I still am, and what I still could
be. I don't have to be drunk to want to be the exception and
the center of attention. I have often felt abused and
responded abusively when I was simply being treated as a
garden variety human being. The more the man tried to
insist he was different, the more I realized that he and I
were exactly alike. 

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections SEPTEMBER 28

 SEPTEMBER 28
LOVE WITHOUT STRINGS 
Practical experience shows that nothing will so much
insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other
alcoholics. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 89 

Sponsorship held two surprises for me. First, that my
sponsees cared about me. What I had thought was gratitude
was more like love. They wanted me to be happy, to grow
and remain sober. Knowing how they felt kept me from
drinking more than once. Second, I discovered that I was
able to love someone else responsibly, with respectful and
genuine concern for that person's growth. Before that time,
I had thought that my ability to care sincerely about
another's well-being had atrophied from lack of use. To
learn that I can love, without greed or anxiety, has been
one of the deepest gifts the program has given me.
Gratitude for that gift has kept me sober many times. 

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections SEPTEMBER 27

 SEPTEMBER 27
WITHOUT RESERVATION 
When brimming with gratitude, one's heartbeat must surely
result in outgoing love, . . . 
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 37 

While practicing service to others, if my successes give rise
to grandiosity, I must reflect on what brought me to this
point. What has been given joyfully, with love, must be
passed on without reservation and without expectation. For
as I grow, I find that no matter how much I give with love,
I receive much more in spirit. 

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Friends of Bill W Fwd: The October Issue from Grapevine Is Available

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In the 1940s and '50s, Grapevine ran some wonderful articles about our beloved slogans, such as "Easy Does It," "Live and Let Live" and "First Things First." These are not the only slogans AAs hold dear to their hearts. Go into any old-school meeting and you might see slogans hanging all over the walls. In this month's special section we feature stories by members about their favorite AA sayings and how they help keep them sober-"One Day at a Time."

In the story "Rallying Cry," a California teacher remembers how he taped slogans to his wall to help him stay sober as a newcomer. Far from home and suddenly sponsorless, the man in "French Dis-connection," learns the hard way about the slogan "Don't Drink No Matter What." In "Twists & Turns," a sober sibling discovers the true meaning of "Easy Does It" on a very curvy road. At four years sober, a woman shows how she applies the slogans that saved her life to a sport that gives her joy.



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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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