Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections JUNE 30

JUNE 30

SACRIFICE = UNITY = SURVIVAL 

The unity, the effectiveness, and even the survival of A.A.

will always depend upon our continued willingness to give

up some of our personal ambitions and desires for the

common safety and welfare. Just as sacrifice means

survival for the individual alcoholic, so does sacrifice mean

unity and survival for the group and for A.A. 's entire

Fellowship. 

AS BILL SEES IT, p. 220 

I have learned that I must sacrifice some of my personality

traits for the good of A.A. and, as a result, I have been

rewarded with many gifts. False pride can be inflated

through prestige but, by living Tradition Six, I receive the

gift of humility instead. Cooperation without affiliation is

often deceiving. If I remain unrelated to outside interests, I

am free to keep A.A. autonomous. Then the Fellowship will

be here, healthy and strong for generations to come.  

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections JUNE 29

 JUNE 29

A RIPPLING EFFECT 

 

 

Having learned to live so happily, we'd show everyone else
how. . . . Yes, we of A.A. did dream those dreams. How natural 
that was, since most alcoholics are bankrupt idealists. . . .
So why shouldn't we share our way of life with everyone? 

TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 156 

The great discovery of sobriety led me to feel the need to

spread the "good news" to the world around me. The

grandiose thoughts of my drinking days returned. Later, I

learned that concentrating on my own recovery was a fulltime

process.

As I became a sober citizen in this world,I observed a rippling

effect which,without any conscious effort on my part, reached

any "related facility or outside enterprise,"without diverting

me from my primary purpose of staying sober and helping

other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. 

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections JUNE 28

 JUNE 28

THE DETERMINATION OF OUR FOUNDERS 

A year and six months later these three had succeeded with

seven more. 

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 159 

If it had not been for the fierce determination of our

founders, A.A. would have quickly faded like so many

other so-called good causes. I look at the hundreds of

meetings weekly in the city where I live and I know A.A. is

available twenty-four hours a day. If I had had to hang on

with nothing but hope and a desire not to drink,

experiencing rejection wherever I went, I would have

sought the easier, softer way and returned to my previous

way of life. 

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections JUNE 27

 JUNE 27

CONFORMING TO THE A.A. WAY 

We obey A.A. 's Steps and Traditions because we really

want them for ourselves. It is no longer a question of good

or evil; we conform because we genuinely want to conform

Such is our process of growth in unity and function. Such is

the evidence of God's grace and love among us. 

A.A. COMES OF AGE, p. 106 

It is fun to watch myself grow in A.A. I fought conformity

to A.A. principles from the moment I entered, but I learned

from the pain of my belligerence that, in choosing to live

the A. A. way of life, I opened myself to God's grace and

love. Then I began to know the full meaning of being a

member of Alcoholics Anonymous. 

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections JUNE 26

 

JUNE 26
A GIFT THAT GROWS WITH TIME
 

For most normal folks, drinking means conviviality,companionship
and colorful imagination.It means releasefrom care,
boredom and worry. It is joyous intimacy withfriends and a
feeling that life is good 

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 151

The longer I chased these elusive feelings with alcohol, themore
out of reach they were. However, by applying thispassage to my
sobriety, I found that it described themagnificent
new life made available to me by the A.A.program.
\"It" truly does "get better" one day at a time.
Thewarmth, the love and the joy so simply expressed in
these words grow in breadth and depth each time I read it.
Sobriety is a gift that grows with time. 

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections JUNE 25

 JUNE 25

A TWO-WAY STREET 

If we ask, God will certainly forgive our derelictions. But in

no case does He render us white as snow and keep us that

way without our cooperation. 

TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 65 

When I prayed, I used to omit a lot of things for which I

needed to be forgiven. I thought that if I didn't mention

these things to God, He would never know about them. I

did not know that if I had just forgiven myself for some of

my past deeds, God would forgive me also. I was always

taught to prepare for the journey through life, never

realizing until I came to A.A.—when I honestly became

willing to be taught forgiveness and forgiving—that life

itself is the journey. The journey of life is a very happy

one, as long as I am willing to accept change and

responsibility. 

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections JUNE 24

 JUNE 24

A SPIRITUAL KINDERGARTEN 

We are only operating a spiritual kindergarten in which

people are enabled to get over drinking and find the grace

to go on living to better effect 

AS BILL SEES IT, p. 95 

When I came to A.A., I was run down by the bottle and

wanted to lose the obsession to drink, but I didn't really

know how to do that. I decided to stick around long enough

to find out from the ones who went before me. All of a

sudden I was thinking about God! I was told to get a Higher

Power and I had no idea what one looked like. I found out

there are many Higher Powers. I was told to find God, as I

understand Him, that there was no doctrine of the Godhead

in A.A. I found what worked for me and then asked that

Power to restore me to sanity. The obsession to drink was

removed and—one day at a time—my life went on, and I

learned how to five sober. 

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