Saturday, November 1, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflections NOVEMBER 1

NOVEMBER 1
I CANNOT CHANGE THE WIND 
is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and
rest on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for
alcohol is a subtle foe. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 85 

My first sponsor told me there were two things to say about
prayer and meditation: first, I had to start and second, I had
to continue. When I came to A.A. my spiritual life was
bankrupt; if I considered God at all, He was to be called
upon only when my self-will was incapable of a task or
when overwhelming fears had eroded my ego. 
Today I am grateful for a new life, one in which my
prayers are those of thanksgiving. My prayer time is more
for listening than for talking. I know today that if I cannot
change the wind, I can adjust my sail. I know the difference
between superstition and spirituality. I know there is a
graceful way of being right, and many ways to be wrong. 

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflection OCTOBER 31

 OCTOBER 31
AVOIDING CONTROVERSY 
All history affords us the spectacle of striving nations and
groups finally torn asunder because they were designed for,
or tempted into, controversy. Others fell apart because of
sheer self-righteousness while trying to enforce upon the
rest of mankind some millennium of their own specification. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 176 

As an A.A. member and sponsor, I know I can cause real
damage if I yield to temptation and give opinions and
advice on another's medical, marital, or religious problems.
I am not a doctor, counselor, or lawyer. I cannot tell anyone
how he or she should live; however, I can share how I came
through similar situations without drinking, and how A.A.'s
Steps and Traditions help me in dealing with my life. 

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflection OCTOBER 30

 OCTOBER 30
LIVE AND LET LIVE 
Never since it began has Alcoholics Anonymous been
divided by a major controversial issue. Nor has our
Fellowship ever publicly taken sides on any question in an
embattled world. This, however, has been no earned virtue.
It could almost be said that we were born with it. . . . "So
long as we don't argue these matters privately, it's a cinch
we never shall publicly." 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 176 
 
Do I remember that I have a right to my opinion but that
others don't have to share it? That's the spirit of "Live and
Let Live." The Serenity Prayer reminds me, with God's
help, to "Accept the things I cannot change." Am I still
trying to change others? When it comes to "Courage to
change the things I can," do I remember that my opinions
are mine, and yours are yours? Am I still afraid to be me?
When it comes to "Wisdom to know the difference," do I
remember that my opinions come from my experience? If I
have a know-it-all attitude, aren't I being deliberately
controversial? 

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflection OCTOBER 29

 OCTOBER 29
OUR SURVIVAL 
Since recovery from alcoholism is life itself to us, it is
imperative that we preserve in full strength our means of
survival. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 177 
 
The honesty expressed by the members of A.A. in meetings
has the power to open my mind. Nothing can block the
flow of energy that honesty carries with it. The only
obstacle to this flow of energy is inebriation, but even then,
no one will find a closed door if he or she has left and
chooses to return. Once he or she has received the gift of
sobriety, each A.A. member is challenged on a daily basis
to accept a program of honesty. 
My Higher Power created me for a purpose in life. I ask
him to accept my honest efforts to continue on my journey
in the spiritual way of life. I call on Him for strength to
know and seek His will. 

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflection OCTOBER 28

 OCTOBER 28
AN UNBROKEN TRADITION 
We conceive the survival and spread of Alcoholics
Anonymous to be something of far greater importance than
the weight we could collectively throw back of any other
cause. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 177 

How much it means to me that an unbroken tradition of
more than half a century is a thread that connects me to Bill
W. and Dr. Bob. How much more grounded I feel to be in a
Fellowship whose aims are constant and unflagging. I am
grateful that the energies of A.A. have never been
scattered, but focused instead on our members and on
individual sobriety. 
My beliefs are what make me human; I am free to hold
any opinion, but A.A.'s purpose—so clearly stated fifty
years ago—is for me to keep sober. That purpose has
promoted round-the-clock meeting schedules, and the
thousands of intergroup and central service offices, with
their thousands of volunteers. Like the sun focused through
a magnifying glass, A.A. 's single vision has lit a fire of
faith in sobriety in millions of hearts, including mine. 

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflection OCTOBER 27

 OCTOBER 27
GLOBAL SHARING 
The only thing that matters is that he is an alcoholic who
has found a key to sobriety. These legacies of suffering and
of recovery are easily passed among alcoholics, one to the
other. This is our gift from God, and its bestowal upon
others like us is the one aim that today animates A. A. 's all
around the globe. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 151 

The strength of Alcoholics Anonymous lies in the desire of
each member and of each group around the world to share
with other alcoholics their suffering and the steps taken to
gain, and maintain, recovery. By keeping a conscious
contact with my Higher Power, I make sure that I always
nurture my desire to help other alcoholics, thus insuring the
continuity of the wonderful fraternity of Alcoholics
Anonymous. 

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Friends of Bill W Daily Reflection OCTOBER 26

 OCTOBER 26
ONE ULTIMATE AUTHORITY 
For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—
a loving God as He may express Himself in our group
conscience. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 132
 
When I am chosen to carry some small responsibility for
my fellows, I ask that God grant me the patience, openmindedness,
and willingness to listen to those I would lead.  I must remind
myself that I am the trusted servant of others, not their "governor,"
"teacher," or "instructor." God guides my words and my actions,
and my responsibility is to heed  His suggestions. Trust is
my watchword, I trust others who lead. In the Fellowship
of A.A., I entrust God with the ultimate authority of "running
the show."
 

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