Thursday, September 1, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections SEPTEMBER 1

 SEPTEMBER 1
WILLINGNESS TO GROW 
If more gifts are to be received, our awakening has to go
on. 
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 8 

Sobriety fills the painful "hole in the soul" that my
alcoholism created. Often I feel so physically well that I
believe my work is done. However, joy is not just the
absence of pain; it is the gift of continued spiritual
awakening. Joy comes from ongoing and active study, as
well as application of the principles of recovery in my
everyday life, and from sharing that experience with others.
My Higher Power presents many opportunities for deeper
spiritual awakening. I need only to bring into my recovery
the willingness to grow. Today I am ready to grow. 

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections August 31

 AUGUST 31
A UNIQUE PROGRAM 
Alcoholics Anonymous will never have a professional class.
We have gained some understanding of the ancient words
"Freely ye have received, freely give." We have discovered
that at the point of professionalism, money and spirituality
do not mix. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 166 

I believe that Alcoholics Anonymous stands alone in the
treatment of alcoholism because it is based solely on the
principle of one alcoholic sharing with another alcoholic.
This is what makes the program unique. When I decided
that I wanted to stay sober, I called a woman who I knew
was a sober member of A.A., and she carried the message
of Alcoholics Anonymous to me. She received no monetary
compensation, but rather was paid by staying sober another
day herself. Today I could ask for no payment other than
another day free from alcohol, so in that respect, I am
generously paid for my labor. 

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections August 30

 AUGUST 30
THE ONLY REQUIREMENT . . . 
"At one time . . . every A. A. group had many membership
rules. Everybody was scared witless that something or
somebody would capsize the boat. . . . The total list was a
mile long. If all those rules had been in effect everywhere,
nobody could have possibly joined A.A. at all, ..." 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, pp. 139-40 

I'm grateful that the Third Tradition only requires of me a
desire to stop drinking. I had been breaking promises for
years. In the Fellowship I didn't have to make promises, I
didn't have to concentrate. It only required my attending
one meeting, in a foggy condition, to know I was home. I
didn't have to pledge undying love. Here, strangers hugged
me. "It gets better," they said, and "One day at a time, you
can do it." They were no longer strangers, but caring
friends. I ask God to help me to reach out to people desiring
sobriety, and to, please, keep me grateful! 

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections August 29

 AUGUST 29
I CHOOSE ANONYMITY 
We are sure that humility, expressed by anonymity, is the
greatest safeguard that Alcoholics Anonymous can ever
have. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 187
 
Since there are no rules in A.A. I place myself where I want
to be, and so I choose anonymity. I want my God to use
me, humbly, as one of His tools in this program. Sacrifice
is the art of giving of myself freely, allowing humility to
replace my ego. With sobriety, I suppress that urge to cry
out to the world, "I am a member of A.A." and I experience
inner joy and peace. I let people see the changes in me and
hope they will ask what happened to me. I place the
principles of spirituality ahead of judging, fault-finding,
and criticism. I want love and caring in my group, so I can
grow. 

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

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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Saturday, August 27, 2016

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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Friday, August 26, 2016

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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