Saturday, June 25, 2016

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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Friday, June 24, 2016

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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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections - June 23rd

  JUNE 23

TRUSTING OTHERS 

But does trust require that we be blind to other people's

motives or, indeed, to our own? Not at all; this would be

folly. Most certainly, we should assess the capacity for

harm as well as the capability for good in every person that

we would trust. Such a private inventory can reveal the

degree of confidence we should extend in any given

situation. 

AS BILL SEES IT, p. 144 

I am not a victim of others, but rather a victim of my

expectations, choices and dishonesty. When I expect others

to be what I want them to be and not who they are, when

they fail to meet my expectations, I am hurt. When my

choices are based on self-centeredness, I find I am lonely

and distrustful. I gain confidence in myself, however, when

I practice honesty in all my affairs. When I search my

motives and am honest and trusting, I am aware of the

capacity for harm in situations and can avoid those that are

harmful. 

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections - June 22nd

 JUNE 22

TODAY, I'M FREE 

This brought me to the good healthy realization that there

were plenty of situations left in the world over which I had

no personal power—that if I was so ready to admit that to

be the case with alcohol, so I must make the same admission

with respect to much else. I would have to be still and know

that He, not I, was God. 

AS BILL SEES IT, p. 114 

I am learning to practice acceptance in all circumstances of

my life, so that I may enjoy peace of mind. At one time life

was a constant battle because I felt I had to go through each

day fighting myself, and everyone else. Eventually, this

became a losing battle. I ended up getting drunk and crying

over my misery. When I began to let go and let God take

over my life I began to have peace of mind. Today, I am

free. I do not have to fight anybody or anything anymore. 

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections - June 21st

 

 JUNE 21 

The  achievement of freedom from fear is a lifetime

undertaking, one that can never be wholly completed. When

under heavy attack, acute illness, or in other conditions of

serious insecurity, we shall all act to this emotion—well or

badly, as the case may be. Only the self-deceived will claim

perfect freedom from fear

AS BILL SEES IT, p. 263

 Fear has caused suffering when I could have had more

faith. There are times when fear suddenly tears me apart,

just when I'm experiencing feelings of joy, happiness and a

lightness of heart. Faith— and a feeling of self-worth

toward a Higher Power—helps me endure tragedy and

ecstasy. When I choose to give all of my fears over to my

Higher Power, I will be free. 

 

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections - June 20th

 JUNE 20

RELEASE FROM FEAR 

The problem of resolving fear has two aspects. We shall

have to try for all the freedom from fear that is possible for

us to attain. Then we shall need to find both the courage

and grace to deal constructively with whatever fears

remain. 

AS BILL SEES IT, p. 61 

Most of my decisions were based on fear. Alcohol made

life easier to face, but the time came when alcohol was no

longer an alternative to fear. One of the greatest gifts in

A.A. for me has been the courage to take action, which I

can do with God's help. After five years of sobriety I had to

deal with a heavy dose of fear. God put the people in my

life to help me do that and, through my working the Twelve

Steps, I am becoming the whole person I wish to be and,

for that, I am deeply grateful.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections - June 19th

 JUNE 19

"A.A. REGENERATION" 

Such is the paradox of A.A. regeneration: strength arising

out of complete defeat and weakness, the loss of one's old

life as a condition for finding a new one

A.A. COMES OF AGE, p. 46 

A thousand beatings by John Barleycorn did not encourage

me to admit defeat. I believed it was my moral obligation

to conquer my "enemy-friend." At my first A.A. meeting I

was blessed with a feeling that it was all right to admit

defeat to a disease which had nothing to do with my "moral

fiber." I knew instinctively that I was in the presence of a

great love when I entered the doors of A.A. With no effort

on my part, I became aware that to love myself was good

and right, as God had intended. My feelings set me free,

where my thoughts had held me in bondage. I am grateful. 

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