Monday, September 15, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections SEPTEMBER 15

 SEPTEMBER 15
A NEW LIFE 
Yes, there is a substitute and it is vastly more than that. It is
a fellowship in Alcoholics Anonymous. . . . Life will mean
something at last 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 152 
 
Life is better without alcohol. A.A. and the presence of a
Higher Power keeps me sober, but the grace of God does
even better; it brings service into my life. Contact with the
A.A. program teaches me a new and greater understanding
of what Alcoholics Anonymous is and what it does, but
most importantly, it helps to show me who I am: an alcoholic
who needs the constant experience of the Alcoholics Anonymous
program so that I may live a life given to me by my Higher Power.
 

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections SEPTEMBER 14

 SEPTEMBER 14
PEACE OF MIND 
Do we lay the matter before our sponsor or spiritual
adviser, earnestly asking God's help and guidance—
meanwhile resolving to do the right thing when it becomes
clear, cost what it may? 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, pp. 86-87 

My belief in a Higher Power is an essential part of my
work on Step Nine; forgiveness, timing, and right motives
are the other ingredients. My willingness to do the Step is a
growing experience that opens the door for new and honest
relationships with the people I have harmed. My
responsible action brings me closer to the spiritual
principles of the program—love and service. Peace of
mind, serenity, and a stronger faith are sure to follow. 

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections SEPTEMBER 13

 SEPTEMBER 13
REPAIRING THE DAMAGE 
Good judgment, a careful sense of timing courage and
prudence—these are the qualities we shall need when we
take Step Nine. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 83 
 
To make amends can be viewed two ways: first, that of
repairing damage, for if I have damaged my neighbor's
fence, I "make a mend," and that is a direct amend; the
second way is by modifying my behavior, for if my actions
have harmed someone, I make a daily effort to cause no
further harm. I "mend my ways," and that is an indirect
amend. Which is the best approach? The only right approach,
provided that I am causing no further harm in so doing,
is to do both. If harm is done, then I simply "mend my ways."
To take action in this manner assures me of making honest
amends.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections SEPTEMBER 12

 SEPTEMBER 12
I AM RESPONSIBLE 
For the readiness to take the full consequences of our past
acts, and to take responsibility for the well-being of others
at the same time, is the very spirit of Step Nine. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 87 

In recovery, and through the help of Alcoholics
Anonymous, I learn that the very thing I fear is my
freedom. It comes from my tendency to recoil from taking
responsibility for anything: I deny, I ignore, I blame, I
avoid. Then one day, I look, I admit, I accept. The freedom,
the healing and the recovery I experience is in the looking,
admitting and accepting. I learn to say, "Yes, I am
responsible." When I can speak those words with honesty
and sincerity, then I am free. 

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections SEPTEMBER 11

 SEPTEMBER 11
MAKING AMENDS 
Above all, we should try to be absolutely sure that we are
not delaying because we are afraid. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 87 

To have courage, to be unafraid, are gifts of my recovery.
They empower me to ask for help and to go forth in making
my amends with a sense of dignity and humility. Making
amends may require a certain amount of honesty that I feel
I lack, yet with the help of God and the wisdom of others, I
can reach within and find the strength to act. My amends
may be accepted, or they may not, but after they are
completed I can walk with a sense of freedom and know
that, for today, I am responsible. 

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections SEPTEMBER 10

 SEPTEMBER 10
RECOVERY BY PROXY? 
They [the Promises] will always materialize if we work for
them. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 84 

Sometimes I think: "Making these amends is going too far!
No one should have to humble himself like that!" However,
it is this very humbling of myself that brings me that much
closer to the sunlight of the spirit. A.A. is the only hope I
have if I am to continue healing and gain a life of
happiness, friendship and harmony. 

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections SEPTEMBER 9

SEPTEMBER 9
OPENING NEW DOORS 
They [the Promises] are being fulfilled among us—
sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 84 

The Promises talked about in this passage are slowly
coming to life for me. What has given me hope is putting
Step Nine into action. The Step has allowed me to see and
set goals for myself in recovery. 
Old habits and behaviors die hard. Working Step Nine
enables me to close the door on the drunk I was, and to
open new avenues for myself as a sober alcoholic. Making
direct amends is crucial for me. As I repair relationships
and behavior of the past, I am better able to live a sober
life! 
Although I have some years of sobriety, there are times
when the "old stuff" from the past needs to be taken care
of, and Step Nine always works, when I work it. 

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