Friday, August 28, 2015

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections August 28

 AUGUST 28
LIGHTENING THE BURDEN 
Showing others who suffer how we were given help is the
very thing which makes life seem so worth while to us now.
. . . the dark past is . . .  the key to life and happiness for
others. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 124 

Since I have been sober, I have been healed of many pains:
deceiving my partner, deserting my best friend, and
spoiling my mother's hopes for my life. In each case
someone in the program told me of a similar problem, and I
was able to share what happened to me. When my story
was told, both of us got up with lighter hearts. 

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections August 27

 AUGUST 27
CENTERING OUR THOUGHTS 
When World War II broke out, our A. A. dependence on a
Higher Power had its first major test. A.A.'s entered the
services and were scattered all over the world. Would they
be able to take the discipline, stand up under fire, and
endure . . . ? 
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 200
 
I will center my thoughts on a Higher Power. I will
surrender all to this power within me. I will become a
soldier for this power, feeling the might of the spiritual
army as it exists in my life today. I will allow a wave of
spiritual union to connect me through my gratitude,
obedience and discipline to this Higher Power. Let me
allow this power to lead me through the orders of the day.
May the steps I take today strengthen my words and deeds,
may I know that the message I carry is mine to share, given
freely by this power greater than myself. 

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections August 26

 AUGUST 26
GIVING IT AWAY 
Though they knew they must help other alcoholics if they
would remain sober, that motive became secondary. It was
transcended by the happiness they found in giving
themselves to others. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 159 

Those words, for me, refer to a transference of power,
through which God, as I understand Him, enters my life.
Through prayer and meditation, I open channels, then I
establish and improve my conscious contact with God.
Through action I then receive the power I need to maintain
my sobriety each day. By maintaining my spiritual
condition, by giving away what has been so freely given to
me, I am granted a daily reprieve. 

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections August 25

 AUGUST 25
THE GIFT OF BONDING 
Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy
will 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 63 
Many times in my alcoholic state, I drank to establish a
bond between myself and others, but I succeeded only in
establishing the bondage of alcoholic loneliness. Through
the A.A. way of life, I have received the gift of bonding—
with those who were there before me, with those who are
there now, and with those yet to come. For this gracious
gift from God, I am forever grateful. 

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections August 24

 AUGUST 24
A RIDDLE THAT WORKS 
It may be possible to find explanations of spiritual
experiences such as ours, but I have often tried to explain
my own and have succeeded only in giving the story of it. I
know the feeling it gave me and the results it has brought,
but I realize I may never fully understand its deeper why
and how. 
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 313 

I had a profound spiritual experience during an open A.A.
meeting, which led me to blurt out, "I'm an alcoholic!" I
have not had a drink since that day. I can tell you the words
I heard just prior to my admission, and how those words
affected me, but as to why it happened, I do not know. I
believe a power greater than myself chose me to recover,
yet I do not know why. I try not to worry or wonder about
what I do not yet know; instead, I trust that if I continue to
work the Steps, practice the A.A. principles in my life, and
share my story, I will be guided lovingly toward a deep and
mature spirituality in which more will be revealed to me.
For the time being, it is a gift for me to trust God, work the
Steps and help others. 

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections August 23

 AUGUST 23
BRINGING THE MESSAGE HOME 
Can we bring the same spirit of love and tolerance into our
sometimes deranged family lives that we bring to our A.A.
group? 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, pp. 111-12 

My family members suffer from the effects of my disease.
Loving and accepting them as they are— just as I love and
accept A.A. members—fosters a return of love, tolerance
and harmony to my life. Using common courtesy and
respecting others' personal boundaries are necessary
practices for all areas of my life. 

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections August 22

 AUGUST 22
SEEKING EMOTIONAL STABILITY 
When we developed still more, we discovered the best
possible source of emotional stability to be God Himself. We
found that dependence upon His perfect justice, forgiveness,
and love was healthy, and that it would work where nothing
else would. If we really depended upon God, we couldn't
very well play God to our fellows nor would we feel the
urge wholly to rely on human protection and care. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 116 
 
All my life I depended on people for my emotional needs
and security, but today I cannot live that way anymore. By
the grace of God, I have admitted my powerlessness over
people, places and things. I had been a real "people addict";
wherever I went there had to be someone who would pay
some kind of attention to me. It was the kind of attitude that
could only get worse, because the more I depended on
others and demanded attention, the less I received. 
I have given up believing that any human power can
relieve me of that empty feeling. Although I remain a
fragile human being who needs to work A.A.'s Steps to
keep this particular principle before my personality, it is
only a loving God who can give me inner peace and
emotional stability. 

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