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Twenty Four Hours a Day

Thought for the Day In twelfth step work, the fourth thing is conversion. Conversion means change. Prospects must learn to change their way of thinking. Until now, everything they’ve done has been connected with drinking. Now they must face a new kind of life, without liquor. They must see and admit that they cannot overcome […]

The Legacy of Recovery

Twelve Steps are a group of principles, spiritual in their nature, which, if practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole. Many of us, upon first seeing those words, asked ourselves the question “Can it be just that simple?” — and […]

The Outside Issues

(Taken from the Grapevine, Reprinted with permission of the A.A. Grapevine, Inc.) A committee puts its primary purpose first I remember, several years back, when the area service structure where I live created an Ad Hoc Committee on Primary Purpose. A bunch of us were getting nervous because there were people in our meetings talking […]

Will I ever be able to freely give?

The last page of our Big Book, ‘Alcoholics Anonymous’ invites us to “Give freely of what you find and join us.” What does this mean really?  To freely give sounds to me like to give without expecting anything back in return.  Can we ever really do that?  At the conclusion of his story “The Doctor’s Nightmare”, […]

Perfectionism

People who are perfectionists tend to see the world in black and white. We often feel like we’re superhuman, able to take on anything, until we discover a flaw. then we come crashing down and consider ourselves completely worthless. This “all or nothing” way of thinking can be very dangerous to our recovery. We work […]

Daily Reflections

MAY 20th ONE DAY AT A TIME Above all, take it one day at a time. AS BILL SEES IT, p. 11 Why do I kid myself that I must stay away from a drink for only one day, when I know perfectly well I must never drink again as long as I live? I […]

You are reading from the book Twenty Four Hours a Day

Thought for the Day Fellowship is a big part of staying sober. The doctors call it group therapy. We never go to an A.A. meeting without taking something out of it. Sometimes we don’t feel like going to a meeting and we think of excuses for not going. But we usually end up by going […]