Thursday, January 19, 2017

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections JANUARY 19

 JANUARY 19
ROUND-THE-CLOCK FAITH 
Faith has to work twenty-four hours a day in and through
us, or we perish. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 16 

The essence of my spirituality, and my sobriety, rests on a
round-the-clock faith in a Higher Power. I need to
remember and rely on the God of my understanding as I
pursue all of my daily activities. How comforting for me is
the concept that God works in and through people. As I
pause in my day, do I recall specific concrete examples of
God's presence? Am I amazed and uplifted by the number
of times this power is evident? I am overwhelmed with
gratitude for my God's presence in my life of recovery.
Without this omnipotent force in my every activity, I would
again fall into the depths of my disease—and death. 

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections JANUARY 18

 JANUARY 18
WOULD A DRINK HELP? 
By going back in our own drinking histories, we could show
that years before we realized it we were out of control, that
our drinking even then was no mere habit, that it was
indeed the beginning of a fatal progression. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 23 

When I was still drinking, I couldn't respond to any of life's
situations the way other, more healthy, people could. The
smallest incident triggered a state of mind that believed I
had to have a drink to numb my feelings. But the numbing
did not improve the situation, so I sought further escape in
the bottle. Today I must be aware of my alcoholism. I
cannot afford to believe that I have gained control of my
drinking—or again I will think I have gained control of my
life. Such a feeling of control is fatal to my recovery. 

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections JANUARY 17

 JANUARY 17   HAPPINESS COMES QUIETLY 
"The trouble with us alcoholics was this: We demanded that the world give us
happiness and peace of mind in just the particular order we wanted to get it—
by the alcohol route.And we weren't successful. But when we take time to
find out some of the spiritual laws, and familiarize ourselves with them, and
put them into practice, then we do get happiness and peace of mind. . . .
There seem to be somerules that we have to follow, but happiness and
peace ofmind are always here, open and free to anyone." 
DR. BOB AND THE GOOD OLDTIMERS, p. 308

The simplicity of the A. A. program teaches me that happiness isn't something
I can "demand." It comes upon me  quietly, while I serve others. In offering my
hand to the newcomer or to someone who has relapsed, I find that my own sobriety
has been recharged with indescribable gratitude and happiness. 

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections JANUARY 16

 JANUARY 16
HITTING BOTTOM 
Why all this insistence that every A.A. must hit bottom first?
The answer is that few people will sincerely try to practice
the A.A. program unless they have hit bottom. For
practicing A. A. 's remaining eleven Steps means the
adoption of attitudes and actions that almost no alcoholic
who is still drinking can dream of taking. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 24 

Hitting bottom opened my mind and I became willing to try
something different. What I tried was A.A. My new life in
the Fellowship was a little like learning how to ride a bike
for the first time: A.A. became my training wheels and my
supporting hand. It's not that I wanted the help so much at
the time; I simply did not want to hurt like that again. My
desire to avoid hitting bottom again was more powerful
than my desire to drink. In the beginning that was what kept
me sober. But after a while I found myself working the
Steps to the best of my ability. I soon realized that my
attitudes and actions were changing—if ever so slightly.
One Day at a Time, I became comfortable with myself, and
others, and my hurting started to heal. Thank God for the
training wheels and supporting hand that I choose to call
Alcoholics Anonymous. 

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections JANUARY 15

 JANUARY 15
AN UNSUSPECTED INNER RESOURCE 
With few exceptions our members find that they have
tapped an unsuspected inner resource which they presently
identify with their own conception of a Power greater than
themselves 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, pp. 569-70 

From my first days in A.A., as I struggled for sobriety, I
found hope in these words from our founders. I often
pondered the phrase: "they have tapped an unsuspected
inner resource." How, I asked myself, can I find the Power
within myself, since I am so powerless? In time, as the
founders promised, it came to me: I have always had the
choice between goodness and evil, between unselfishness
and selfishness, between serenity and fear. That Power
greater than myself is an original gift that I did not
recognize until I achieved daily sobriety through living
A.A.'s Twelve Steps. 

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections JANUARY 14

 JANUARY 14
NO REGRETS 
We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 83 

Once I became sober, I began to see how wasteful my life
had been and I experienced overwhelming guilt and
feelings of regret. The program's Fourth and Fifth Steps
assisted me enormously in healing those troubling regrets. I
learned that my self-centeredness and dishonesty stemmed
largely from my drinking and that I drank because I was an
alcoholic. Now I see how even my most distasteful past
experiences can turn to gold because, as a sober alcoholic, I
can share them to help my fellow alcoholics, particularly
newcomers. Sober for several years in A.A., I no longer
regret the past; I am simply grateful to be conscious of
God's love and of the help I can give to others in the
Fellowship. 

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflection JANUARY 13

 JANUARY 13
IT DOESN'T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT 
We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a
daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our
spiritual condition. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 85 

The most common alcoholic fantasy seems to be: "If I just
don't drink, everything will be all right." Once the fog
cleared for me, I saw—for the first time—the mess my life
had become. I had family, work, financial and legal
problems; I was hung up on old religious ideas; there were
sides of my character to which I was inclined to stay blind
because they easily could have convinced me that I was
hopeless and pushed me toward escape again. The Big
Book guided me in resolving all of my problems. But it
didn't happen overnight—and certainly not automatically—
with no effort on my part. I need always to recognize God's
mercy and blessings that shine through any problem I have
to face. 

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