LGBTQ Nation: April 24, 2014 - HILARIOUS short vid about a gay dad and his son talking about ‘the kiss’

April 24, 2014 - Step by Step

Step by Step
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Today, I begin to understand the link between consequences and responsibility - and to appreciate that I and I alone am responsible to the consequences of all my behavior and choices, including drinking, and that excuses and justifications will not spare me either consequences or responsibility. The Program’s 12th Step requirement to “practice these principles in all (my) affairs" implies that to live by the Program’s principles I must not fall back on the weak defenses of my days of drinking to weasel out of owning my feelings, actions and behavior and the consequences of each. If, for example, I slip or relapse, I cannot "blame" anyone or any situation or feeling because, in the end, I made the choice to drink. No one tied me down and poured it down my throat, and I and no one else will endure the physical and emotional consequences of my choice to drink. Today, I am mindful that all I say, do and feel will bear consequences and that I alone am responsible to those consequences. And if I want to avoid responsibility for consequences, the "out" is clear: don’t do whatever I don’t want to be responsible for. And our common journey continues. Step by step. - Chris M., 2014

April 24, 2014 - Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Thursday, April 24, 2014 

AA Thought for the Day

It’s been proved that we alcoholics can’t get sober by our willpower. We’ve failed again and again. Therefore, I believe there must be a Higher Power which helps me. I think of that power as the grace of God. And I pray to God every morning for the strength to stay sober today. I know that Power is there because it never fails to help me. 

Do I believe that AA works through the grace of God? 

Meditation for the Day

Once I am “born of the spirit,” that is my life’s breath. Within me is the life of life, so that I can never perish. The life that down the ages has kept God’s children through peril, adversity and sorrow. I must try never to doubt or worry, but follow where the life of the spirit leads. How often, when little I know it, God goes before me to prepare the way, to soften a heart, or to overrule a resentment. As the life of the spirit grows, natural wants become less important. 

Prayer for the Day

I pray that my life may become centered in God more than in self. I pray that my will may be directed towards doing His will. 

Hazelden Foundation

April 24, 2014 - A Day at a Time

A Day at a Time

Thursday, April 24, 2014 

Reflection for the Day

We come to know in The Program that there is no deeper satisfaction and no greater joy than in a Twelfth Step well done. To watch the eyes of men and women open with wonder as they move from darkness to light, to see their lives quickly fill with new purpose and meaning, and above all to watch them awaken to the presence of a loving God in their lives - these things are the substance of what we receive as we carry the message of The Program. 

Am I learning through Twelfth Step experiences that gratitude should go forward, rather than backward? 

Today I Pray

May my Twelfth Steps be as wholehearted and as convincing and as constructive as others’ Twelfth-Stepping has been to me. May I realize that the might of The Program and its effectiveness for all of us come through “passing it on.” When I guide someone else to sobriety, my own sobriety is underlined and reinforced. I humbly ask God’s guidance before each Twelfth Step. 

Today I Will Remember

To pass it on. 

Hazelden Foundation

April 24, 2014 - The Eye Opener

The Eye Opener

Thursday, April 24, 2014 

The reasoning of the practicing alcoholic is in such foul shape that he is apt to take any attitude on the drinking question and usually does. 

It is unreasonable to expect them to view their own or anyone else’s sobriety in a rational way. Naturally plain common sense is not possible in the midst of an alcoholic fog, but why - oh, why - do so many practicing alcoholics, including slipees, invariably persist in looking for the most insecure member of AA in their quest for a drinking partner? 

If you are homesick for the gutter, go on back to it. But don’t take anyone with you. 

Hazelden Foundation

April 24, 2014 - Today’s Gift from Hazelden

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Today’s thought from Hazelden is:

In three words, I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.
— Robert Frost

If we’ve ever dug in a garden and unearthed an ants’ nest, we can recall their first reaction to our unintended destruction: they do everything possible to save their lives and supplies. The ants scurry around, moving the larvae to an underground room. Exposed contents are then relocated to unseen passages. In a matter of minutes, the ants are again safely underground and ready to resume their daily routines.

How do we react when some catastrophe or unplanned event occurs? Do we want to crawl under a rock or are we as resilient as the ants? Instead of moaning over postponed plans or the loss of something in our lives, we can try to be like the ants and learn how to best work with circumstances that come our way.

Life doesn’t stop for us to lick wounds or add fuel to grievances. Hours pass, we grow older, nature continues. Every event is part of life’s cycle. We can’t run away from anything. We must meet life head-on and adjust to its ebb and flow.

I can look at an unplanned event in my life as part of life’s cycle. I need to trust that life will go on.

From the book:

Night Light by Amy E. Dean

Night Light by Amy E. Dean. © 1986, 1992 by Hazelden Foundation