Friday, December 19, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections DECEMBER 19

 DECEMBER 19
UNDERSTANDING THE MALADY 
When dealing with an alcoholic, there may be a natural
annoyance that a man could be so weak, stupid and
irresponsible. Even when you understand the malady
better, you may feel this feeling rising. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 139 

Having suffered from alcoholism, I should understand the
illness, but sometimes I feel annoyance, even contempt,
toward a person who cannot make it in A.A. When I feel
that way, I am satisfying my false sense of superiority and I
must remember, but for the grace of God, there go I. 

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections DECEMBER 18

 DECEMBER 18
HONESTY WITH NEWCOMERS 
'ell him exactly what happened to you. Stress the spiritual
feature freely. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 93 

The marvel of A.A. is that I tell only what happened to me.
I don't waste time offering advice to potential newcomers,
for if advice worked, nobody would get to A.A. All I have
to do is show what has brought me sobriety and what has
changed my life. If I fail to stress the spiritual feature of
A.A.'s program, I am being dishonest. The newcomer
should not be given a false impression of sobriety. I am
sober only through the grace of my Higher Power, and that
makes it possible for me to share with others. 

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections DECEMBER 17

 DECEMBER 17
A PRICELESS REWARD 
. . . work with other alcoholics. . . . It work when other
activities fail. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 8 

"Life will take on new meaning," as the Big Book says
(p.89). This promise has helped me to avow self-seeking
and self-pity. To watch others grow in this wonderful
program, to see them improve the quality of their lives, is a
priceless reward for my effort to help others. Selfexamination
is yet another reward for an ongoing recovery, as are serenity,
peace and contentment. The energy derived from seeing others
on a successful path, of sharing with them the joys of the journey,
gives to my life a new meaning.
 

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections DECEMBER 16

 DECEMBER 16
PARTNERS IN RECOVERY 
. . nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as
intensive work with other alcoholics. . . Both you and the
new man must walk day by day in the path of spiritual
progress. . . . Follow the dictates of a Higher Power and
you will presently live in a new and wonderful world, no
matter what your present circumstances! 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, pp. 89, 100 

Doing the right things for the right reasons—this is my
way of controlling my selfishness and self-centeredness. I
realize that my dependency on a higher Power clears the
way for peace of mind, happiness and sobriety. I pray each
day that I will avoid my previous actions, so that I will be
helpful to others. 

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections DECEMBER 15

 DECEMBER 15
DOING ANYTHING TO HELP 
Offer him [the alcoholic] friendship and fellowship. Tell
him that if he wants to get well you will do anything to
help. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 95 

I remember how attracted I was to the two men from A.A.
who Twelfth-Stepped me. They said I could have what
they had, with no conditions attached, that all I had to do
was make my own decision to join them on the pathway to
recovery. When I start convincing a newcomer to do things
my way, I forget how helpful those two men were to me in
their open-minded generosity. 

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections DECEMBER 14

 DECEMBER 14
REACHING OUT 
Never talk down to an alcoholic from any moral or
spiritual hilltop; simply lay out the kit of spiritual looks for
his inspection. Show him how they worked with you. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 95 

When I come into contact with a newcomer, do I have a
tendency to look at him from my perceived ingle of
success in A.A.? Do I compare him with the large number
of acquaintances I have made in the Fellowship? Do I
point out to him in a magisterial way the voice of A.A.?
What is my real attitude toward him? I must examine
myself whenever I meet a newcomer to make sure that I
am carrying the message with simplicity, humility and
generosity. The one who still suffers from the terrible disease
of alcoholism must find in me a friend who will allow him
to get to know the A.A. way, because I had such a friend
when I arrived in A.A. Today it is my turn to hold out
my hand, with love, to my sister or brother alcoholic,
and to show her or him the way to happiness.
 
 

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections DECEMBER 13

 DECEMBER 13
THINKING OF OTHERS 
Our very lives, as ex-problem drinkers, depend upon our
constant thought of others and how we may help meet their
needs. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 20 

Thinking of others has never come easily to me. Even when
I try to work the A.A. program, I'm prone to thinking,
"How do I
 feel today. Am I happy, joyous and free?" 
The program tells me that my thoughts must reach out to
those around me: "Would that newcomer welcome
someone to talk to?" "That person looks a little unhappy
today, maybe I could cheer him up." It is only when I
forget my problems, and reach out to contribute something
to others that I can begin to attain the serenity and Godconsciousness
I seek.
 

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