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IMPORTANCE

For Today:

“One definition of a bottom is the point when the last

thing you lost or the next thing you are about to lose

is more important to you than booze. That point is

different for everyone, and some of us die before we

get there.”

Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, pg. 425

Window of Opportunity

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SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

For Today:

“Maybe there are as many definitions of spiritual awakening
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 has a spiritual
awakening, the most important meaning of it is that he has
now become able to do, feel, and believe that which he could
not do before on his unaided strength and resources alone.”

12 Steps & 12 Traditions, pgs. 106 & 107
Step Twelve

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FAITH

For Today:

“Faith is more than our greatest gift; its sharing

with others is our greatest responsibility. May we

of A.A. continually seek the wisdom and the will-

ingness by which we may well fulfill that immense

trust which the Giver of all perfect gifts has placed

in our hands.”

As Bill Sees It, pg. 13

The Shared Gift

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HAPPY USEFULNESS

For Today:

“Those of us who have spent much time in the world
of spiritual make-believe have eventually seen the
childishness of it. This dream world has been replaced
by a great sense of purpose, accompanied by a growing
consciousness of the power of God in our lives. We have
come to believe He would like us to keep our heads in
the clouds with Him, but that our feet ought to be firmly
planted on earth. This is where our fellow travelers are,
and that is where our work must be done. These are the
realities for us. We have found nothing incompatible
between a powerful spiritual experience and a life of sane
and happy usefulness.”

Alcoholics Anonymous, pg. 130
The Family Afterward

 

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PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE

For Today:

“Practical experience shows that nothing will so much
insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with
other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail.”

Alcoholics Anonymous, pg. 89
Working With Others

 

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WILLINGNESS

For Today:

 

“When I am willing to do the right thing, I am rewarded with

an inner peace no amount of liquor could ever provide. When

I am unwilling to do the right thing, I become restless, irritable,

and discontent. It is always my choice. Through the Twelve Steps,

I have been granted the gift of choice. I am no longer at the mercy

of a disease that tells me the only answer is to drink. If willingness

is the key to unlock the gates of hell, it is action that opens those

doors so that we may walk freely among the living.”

 

Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, pg. 317

My Chance To Live

 

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PEACE

For Today:

“A.A. has taught me that I will have peace of mind in
exact proportion to the peace of mind that I bring into
the lives of other people.”

Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, pgs. 550 & 551
Freedom From Bondage

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SELF-FORGETTING

For Today:

“For it is by self-forgetting that one finds. It is by forgiving
that one is forgiven. It is by dying that one awakens to
Eternal Life. Amen.”
As beginners in meditation , we might now reread this
prayer several times very slowly, savoring every word and
trying to take in the deep meaning of each phrase and idea.”

12 Steps & 12 Traditions, pg. 99
Step Eleven

 

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UNMISTAKABLE

For Today:

“In A.A., the reporting is clear and unmistakable . ‘Here are
the steps we took,’ say those who have gone before. The
newcomer finally sees that he, too, must take these Steps
before he is entitled to report on them. And in an atmosphere
where the constant subject is ‘What I did’ and ‘What I think,’
no neurotic can long resist the temptation to get in on the action.”

A Member’s Eye View of Alcoholics Anonymous, pg. 17
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