Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning For November 14th

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.  —Kathleen Casey Theisen How awesome is our power, personally, to choose our attitudes and our responses to any situation, to every situation. We will feel only how we choose to feel, no matter the circumstance. Happiness is as free an option as sorrow. Perceiving our challenges as opportunities forContinue reading “Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning For November 14th”

Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning Saturday October 24th

The universal human yearning (is) for something permanent, enduring, without shadow of change   —Willa Cather The specter of change builds dread in most of us. We fear the effects on our personal lives. We lack faith that the impending change will benefit us. Only time can assure us of that. And it will, justContinue reading “Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning Saturday October 24th”

3rd Step Prayer From As Bill Sees It With A Slight Modification In Wording Using ‘My Transcendence’ rather than ‘Victory’

210 Out of Bondage At Step Three, many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him: “God, I offer myself to Thee—to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that myContinue reading “3rd Step Prayer From As Bill Sees It With A Slight Modification In Wording Using ‘My Transcendence’ rather than ‘Victory’”

Reflection September 26th Each Day A New Beginning

Why is life so tragic, so like a little strip of pavement over an abyss? I look down; I feel giddy; I wonder how I am ever to walk to the end.  —Virginia Woolf As we look toward the hours ahead, we can be thankful that we need be concerned with only a single day’sContinue reading “Reflection September 26th Each Day A New Beginning”

AA Mashup On Relapse – From Big Book, Grapevine Article Dr. Harry Tiebout (Enter Honesty) and ‘Grapevine Article (A New Take on Acceptance) January 2002 By Don P.

BIG BOOK PAGE 151 & 152 (A VISION FOR YOU) Now and then a serious drinker, being dry at the moment says, “I don’t miss it at all. Feel better. Work better. Having a better time.” As ex-problem drinkers, we smile at such a sally. We know our friend is like a boy whistling inContinue reading “AA Mashup On Relapse – From Big Book, Grapevine Article Dr. Harry Tiebout (Enter Honesty) and ‘Grapevine Article (A New Take on Acceptance) January 2002 By Don P.”

We Get What We Get – Grapevine Article October 2001 by Ernest S

MY LOCAL MEETINGS ARE BIG on this spot – check reminder : you get what you get ; it’s what you do with it that counts From attending AA meetings in Iowa for the two years I spent in graduate school there, I brought home this question to add to my daily Tenth Step checklistContinue reading “We Get What We Get – Grapevine Article October 2001 by Ernest S”

Daily Reflection September 12th – Each Day A New Beginning

No person is your enemy, no person is your friend, and every person is your teacher.—Florence Scovel Shinn We can open ourselves to opportunities today. They abound in our lives. No circumstance we find ourselves in is detrimental to our progress. No relationship with someone at work or at home is superfluous to our development.Continue reading “Daily Reflection September 12th – Each Day A New Beginning”

Acceptance – Grapevine Article by H.W. September 1958

ALL OF US HAVE KNOWN at one time or another the thrilling rewards of watching some particular newcomer, for whom we have a special fondness, recover his or her life and spirit and vitality in AA. A friend I have known for some twenty-five years is now approaching his sixth month of sobriety. His transformationContinue reading “Acceptance – Grapevine Article by H.W. September 1958”

Fear – Grapevine Article by Dr. Hal S September 1963

How to turn this potential defect into an asset On the morning of my fifth AA birthday, now some time ago, I arrived at my office to be greeted by the receptionist with the message that a telegram awaited me. Upon opening it, I discovered that it was a thoughtful greeting from an old AAContinue reading “Fear – Grapevine Article by Dr. Hal S September 1963”

Spiritual Awakening, Development, and Responding To Disillusionment – Two Paragraph Gems From Step 12 of Twelve& Twelve

From page 106/107 – “Maybe there are as many definitions of spiritual awakenings as there are people who have had them. But certainly each genuine one has something in common with all the others. And these things which they have in common are not too hard to understand. When a man or a woman hasContinue reading “Spiritual Awakening, Development, and Responding To Disillusionment – Two Paragraph Gems From Step 12 of Twelve& Twelve”