Friday, October 20, 2017

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflection - OCTOBER 20

 OCTOBER 20
SOLACE FOR CONFUSION 
Obviously, the dilemma of the wanderer from faith is that
of profound confusion. He thinks himself lost to the comfort
of any conviction at all He cannot attain in even a small
degree the assurance of the believer, the agnostic, or the
atheist. He is the bewildered one. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 28 

The concept of God was one that I struggled with during
my early years of sobriety. The images that came to me,
conjured from my past, were heavy with fear, rejection and
condemnation. Then I heard my friend Ed's image of a
Higher Power: As a boy he had been allowed a Utter of
puppies, provided that he assume responsibility for their
care. Each morning he would find the unavoidable "byproducts"
of the puppies on the kitchen floor. Despite frustration, Ed said
he couldn't get angry because "that's the nature of puppies."
Ed felt that God viewed our defects and shortcomings
with a similar understanding and warmth. I've often found
solace from my personal confusion in Ed's calming
concept of God.
 

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflection OCTOBER 19

 OCTOBER 19
A.A'S "MAIN TAPROOT" 
The principle that we shall find no enduring strength until
we first admit complete defeat is the main taproot from
which our whole Society has sprung and flowered. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, pp. 21-22 

Defeated, and knowing it, I arrived at the doors of A.A.,
alone and afraid of the unknown. A power outside of
myself had picked me up off my bed, guided me to the
phone book, then to the bus stop, and through the doors of
Alcoholics Anonymous. Once inside A.A. I experienced a
sense of being loved and accepted, something I had net felt
since early childhood. May I never lose the sense of wonder I
experienced on that first evening with A.A.,the greatest event
of my entire life. 

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections OCTOBER 18

 OCTOBER 18
AN OPEN MIND 
True humility and an open mind can lead us to faith, . . . 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 33 

My alcoholic thinking led me to believe that I could control
my drinking, but I couldn't. When I came to A.A., I realized
that God was speaking to me through my group. My mind
was open just enough to know that I needed His help. A
real, honest acceptance of AA. took more time, but with it
came humility. I know how insane I was, and I am extremely
grateful to have my sanity restored to me and to be a sober
alcoholic. The new, sober me is a much better person
than I ever could have been without A.A.
 

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections OCTOBER 17

 OCTOBER 17
A DAILY TUNE-UP 
Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God's
will into all of our activities. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 85 
 
How do I maintain my spiritual condition? For me it's quite
simple: on a daily basis I ask my Higher Power to grant me
the gift of sobriety for that day! I have talked to many
alcoholics who have gone back to drinking and I always ask
them: "Did you pray for sobriety the day you took your first
drink?" Not one of them said yes. As I practice Step Ten
and try to keep my house in order on a daily basis, I have
the knowledge that if I ask for a daily reprieve, it will be
granted. 

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections OCTOBER 16

 OCTOBER 16
THROUGHOUT EACH DAY 
This is not an overnight matter. It should continue for our
lifetime. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 84 

During my early years in A. A. I saw Step Ten as a
suggestion that I periodically look at my behavior and
reactions. If there was something wrong, I should admit it;
if an apology was necessary, I should give one. After a few
years of sobriety I felt I should undertake a selfexamination
more frequently. Not until several more years of sobriety
had elapsed did I realize the full meaning of Step Ten,
and the word "continued." "Continued" does not mean
occasionally, or frequently. It means throughout each day.
 

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections OCTOBER 15

 OCTOBER 15
MY CHECKLIST, NOT YOURS 
Gossip barbed with our anger, a polite form of murder by
character assassination, has its satisfactions for us, too.
Here we are not trying to help those we criticize; we are
trying to proclaim our own righteousness. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 67 

Sometimes I don't realize that I gossiped about someone
until the end of the day, when I take an inventory of the
day's activities, and then, my gossiping appears like a
blemish in my beautiful day. How could I have said
something like that? Gossip shows its ugly head during a
coffee break or lunch with business associates, or I may
gossip during the evening, when I'm tired from the day's
activities, and feel justified in bolstering my ego at the
expense of someone else. 
Character defects like gossip sneak into my life when I
am not making a constant effort to work the Twelve Steps of
recovery. I need to remind myself that my uniqueness is the
blessing of my being, and that applies equally to everyone
who crosses my path in life's journey. Today the only
inventory I need to take is my own. I'll leave judgment of
others to the Final Judge—Divine Providence. 

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections OCTOBER 14

 OCTOBER 14
A PROGRAM FOR LIVING
 
When we retire at night, we constructively review our day. .. .
On awakening let us think about the twenty-four hoursahead. . . .
Before we begin, we ask God to direct ourthinking,
especially asking that it be divorced from selfpity,
dishonest or self-seeking motives.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 86

I lacked serenity. With more to do than seemed possible, I
fell further behind, no matter how hard I tried. Worries
about things not done yesterday and fear of tomorrow's
deadlines denied me the calm I needed to be effective each
day. Before taking Steps Ten and Eleven, I began to read
passages like the one cited above. I tried to focus on God's
will, not my problems, and to trust that He would manage
my day. It worked! Slowly, but it worked!  

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