“Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.”
Moved by the spirit of anonymity, we try to give up our natural desires for personal distinction as AA members
both among fellow alcoholics and before the general public.
As we lay aside these very human aspirations, we believe that each of us takes part in the weaving of a protective
which covers our whole Society and under which we may grow and work in unity.
– Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 187
Thought to Ponder . . .
Anonymity is real humility at work.
AA-related ‘Alconym’ . . .
A A = Adventurers Anonymous.
~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
“There are many short phrases and expressions in AA
which make sound sense.
‘First Things First’: solving our immediate problems
before we try to solve all the others . . .
‘Easy Does it.’ Relax a little.
Try for inner contentment. No one individual
can carry all the burdens of the world.
Everyone has problems. Getting drunk won’t solve them.
‘Twenty-four hours a day.’
Today is the day. Doing our best,
living each day to the fullest is the art of living.
Yesterday is gone, and we don’t know whether
we will be here tomorrow.
If we do a good job of living today,
and if tomorrow comes for us,
then the chances are we will do a good job when it arrives –
so why worry about it?”
1976 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 382
Thought to Ponder . . .
Every day is a gift.
That is why we call it the present.
S I T = Stay In Today
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
Step Six: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
“It is plain for everybody to see that each sober A.A. member has been granted a release from this very obstinate and
potentially fatal obsession. So in a very complete and literal way, all A.A.’s have ‘become entirely ready’ to have God
remove the mania for alcohol from their lives. And God has proceeded to do exactly that.
“Having been granted a perfect release from alcoholism, why then shouldn’t we be able to achieve by the same means
a perfect release from every other difficulty or defect? This is a riddle of our existence, the full answer to which may be
only in the mind of God.”
1952, AAWS, Inc.; Printed 2005; Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pg. 64
~*~*~*~*^ Big Book & Twelve N’ Twelve Quotes of the Day ^*~*~*~*~*
“Suppose we fall short of the chosen ideal and stumble? Does this mean we are going to get drunk. Some people tell
us so. But this is only a half-truth. It depends on us and on our motives.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, How It Works, Page 70~
“There is a solution. Almost none of us liked the self-searching,
the leveling of our pride, the confession of shortcomings which the
process requires for its successful consummation. But we saw that it
really worked in others…”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, There Is A Solution, pg. 25~
We know that little good can come to any alcoholic who joins A.A. unless he has first accepted his devastating weakness and all its consequences
-Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 21
Misc. AA Literature – Quote
An early fear was that of slips or relapses. At first nearly every alcoholic we approached began to slip, it indeed he sobered up at all. Others would stay dry six months or maybe a year and then take a skid. This was always a genuine catastrophe. We would all look at each other and say, Who next?
Today, through slips are a very serious difficulty, as a group we take them in stride. Fear has evaporated. Alcohol always threatens the individual, but we know that it cannot destroy the common welfare.
‘It does not seem to pay to argue with ‘slippers’ about the proper method of getting dry. After all, why should people who are drinking tell people who are dry how it should be done?
‘Just kid the boys along–ask them if they are having fun. If they are too noisy or troublesome, amiably keep out of their way.
Prayer For The Day: Loving Father, help me that I may realize the depth of thy love. If I may be discouraged over my failures, speak to me hopefully and lead me out where I may find the right way to succeed. May I not be kept in sorrow, but find each day the happiness that brings a thankful heart. Amen