Friday, March 24, 2017

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections MARCH 24

 MARCH 24
ACTIVE, NOT PASSIVE 
Man is supposed to think, and act He wasn't made in God's
image to be an automaton. 
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 55 

Before I joined A.A., I often did not think, and reacted to
people and situations. When not reacting I acted in a
mechanical fashion. After joining A. A., I started seeking
daily guidance from a Power greater than myself, and
learning to listen for that guidance. Then I began to make
decisions and act on them, rather than react to them. The
results have been constructive; I no longer allow others to
make decisions for me and then criticize me for it. 
Today—and every day—with a heart full of gratitude,
and a desire for God's will to be done through me, my life
is worth sharing, especially with my fellow alcoholics!
Above all, if I do not make a religion out of anything, even
A.A., then I can be an open channel for God's expression. 

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections MARCH 23

 MARCH 23
. . . AND NO MORE RESERVATIONS 
We have seen the truth again and again: "Once an alcoholic,
always an alcoholic.". . . If we are planning to stop
drinking, there must be no reservation of any kind, nor any
lurking notion that someday we will be immune to alcohol.
. . .  To be gravely affected, one does not necessarily have
to drink a long time nor take the quantities some of us have.
This is particularly true of women. Potential female alcoholics
often turn into the real  thing and are gone beyond recall
in a few years. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 33 

These words are underlined in my book. They are true for
men and women alcoholics. On many occasions I've turned
to this page and reflected on this passage. I need never fool
myself by recalling my sometimes differing drinking
patterns, or by believing I am "cured." I like to think that, if
sobriety is God's gift to me, then my sober life is my gift to
God. I hope God is as happy with His gift as I am with
mine. 

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections MARCH 22

 MARCH 22
NO MORE STRUGGLE. . . 
And we have ceased fighting anything or anyone— even
alcohol. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 84 

When A.A. found me, I thought I was in for a struggle, and
that A.A. might provide the strength I needed to beat
alcohol. Victorious in that fight, who knows what other
battles I could win. I would need to be strong, though. All
my previous experience with life proved that. Today I do
not have to struggle or exert my will. If I take those Twelve
Steps and let my Higher Power do the real work, my
alcohol problem disappears all by itself. My living
problems also cease to be struggles. I just have to ask
whether acceptance—or change—is required. It is not my
will, but His, that needs doing. 

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections MARCH 21

 MARCH 21
MATERIAL AND SPIRITUAL WELL-BEING 
Fear . . . of economic insecurity will leave us. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 84 

Having fear reduced or eliminated and having economic
circumstances improve, are two different things. When I
was new in A.A., I had those two ideas confused. I thought
fear would leave me only when I started making money.
However, another line from the Big Book jumped off the
page one day when I was chewing on my financial
difficulties: "For us, material well-being always followed
spiritual progress; it never preceded." (p. 127). I suddenly
understood that this promise was a guarantee. I saw that it
put priorities in the correct order, that spiritual progress
would diminish that terrible fear of being destitute, just as it
diminished many other fears. 
Today I try to use the talents God gave me to benefit
others. I've found that is what others valued all along. I try
to remember that I no longer work for myself. I only get the
use of the wealth God created, I never have "owned" it. My
life's purpose is much clearer when I just work to help, not 
to possess. 

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections MARCH 20

 MARCH 20
LOVE AND TOLERANCE 
Love and tolerance of others is our code. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 84 

I have found that I have to forgive others in all situations to
maintain any real spiritual progress. The vital importance
of forgiving may not be obvious to me at first sight, but my
studies tell me that every great spiritual teacher has insisted
strongly upon it. 
I must forgive injuries, not just in words, or as a matter 
of form, but in my heart. I do this not for the other persons' 
sake, but for my own sake. Resentment, anger, or a desire
to see someone punished, are things that rot my soul. Such
things fasten my troubles to me with chains. They tie me to
other problems that have nothing to do with my original
problem. 

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections MARCH 19

 MARCH 19
PRAYER: IT WORKS 
It has been well said that "almost the only scoffers at
prayer are those who never tried it enough." 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 97 

Having grown up in an agnostic household, I felt somewhat
foolish when I first tried praying. I knew there was a
Higher Power working in my life—how else was I staying
sober?—but I certainly wasn't convinced he/she/it wanted
to hear my prayers. People who had what I wanted said
prayer was an important part of practicing the program, so I
persevered. With a commitment to daily prayer, I was
amazed to find myself becoming more serene and
comfortable with my place in the world. In other words, life
became easier and less of a struggle. I'm still not sure who,
or what, listens to my prayers, but I'd never stop saying
them for the simple reason that they work. 

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections MARCH 18

 MARCH 18
REAL INDEPENDENCE 
The more we become willing to depend upon a Higher
Power, the more independent we actually are. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 36 

I start with a little willingness to trust God and He causes
that willingness to grow. The more willingness I have, the
more trust I gain, and the more trust I gain, the more
willingness I have. My dependence on God grows as my
trust in Him grows. Before I became willing, I depended on
myself for all my needs and I was restricted by my incompleteness.
Through my willingness to depend upon my Higher Power,
whom I choose to call God, all my needs are provided for
by Someone Who knows me better than I know myself—even
the needs I may not realize, as well as the ones yet to come.
Only Someone Who knows me that well could bring me
to be myself and to help me fill the need in someone else
that only I am meant to fill. There never will be another
exactly like me. And that is real independence.
 

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