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April 19, 2014 - Step by Step

Step by Step

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Today, I will feel, and what I will feel most is gratitude that I have been given the gift to feel other than a hangover, the loss of focus and concentration, the fear of what I said and did last night but can’t remember, fear of promises I cannot keep. All else, I will feel, good and bad, grateful for the good and remorse and regret for the bad. And if I feel the need to cry, I will cry with the good and the bad, but I will hold onto the good and use it as a stepping stone to tomorrow and I will ask my Higher Power to take from me the bad because I cannot and choose not to hold onto it any longer. If I feel angry, I will feel it - then let go and let God. If I feel a resentment, I will not allow its poison to infect my today and threaten my tomorrow; instead, I will be grateful that I now have the choice to ask God to take from me that resentment and all else I cannot hold. With all I feel, the good will outweigh the bad and, because it does, I have no reason to drink, no reason to use. I will live, not wallow, in today. And our common journey continues. Step by step. - Chris M., 2014

April 19, 2014 - Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Saturday, April 19, 2014 

AA Thought for the Day

Since I’ve been putting sobriety into my life, I’ve been taking out a lot of good things. I can describe it best as a kind of quiet satisfaction. I feel good. I feel right with the world, on the right side of the fence. As long as I put sobriety into my life, almost everything I take out is good. The satisfaction you get out of living a sober life is made up of a lot of little things. You have the ambition to do things you didn’t feel like doing when you were drinking. 

Am I getting satisfaction out of living a sober life? 

Meditation for the Day

It is a glorious way - the upward way. There are wonderful discoveries in the realm of the spirit. There are tender intimacies in the quiet times of communion with God. There is an amazing, almost incomprehensible understanding of the other person. On the upward way, you can have all the strength you need from that Higher Power. You cannot make too many demands on Him for strength. He gives you all the power you need, as long as you are moving along the upward way. 

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may see the beautiful horizons ahead on the upward way. I pray that I may keep going forward to the more abundant life. 

Hazelden Foundation

April 19, 2014 - A Day at a Time

A Day at a Time

Saturday, April 19, 2014 

Reflection for the Day

As we continue to make these vital choices and so move toward these high aspirations, our sanity returns and the compulsion of our former addictions vanishes. We learn, in the words of Plutarch, that, “A pleasant and happy life does not come from external things. Man draws from within himself, as from a spring, pleasure and joy.” 

Am I learning to “travel first class” inside? 

Today I Pray

The grace of God has showed me how to be happy again. May the wisdom of God teach me that the source of that happiness is within me, in my new values, my new sense of self-worth, my new and open communication with my Higher Power. 

Today I Will Remember

Happiness comes from within. 

Hazelden Foundation

April 19, 2014 - The Eye Opener

The Eye Opener

Saturday, April 19, 2014 

All things in life are relative. Without night, there would be no day; without evil, there would be no good; without sorrow, there would be no joy. 

Drunk or sober, clouds will occasionally appear on the horizon, but most of them will blow away. Storm will sometimes break upon us but, if we are prepared, we can ride it out and the rainbow will follow giving promise of better things ahead. 

Yesterday’s rain enhances our pleasure in today’s sunshine. 

Hazelden Foundation

April 19, 2014 - Today’s Gift from Hazelden

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Today’s thought from Hazelden is:

The Bookshop has a thousand books,
All colors, hues, and tinges,
And every cover is a door
That turns on magic hinges.
— Nancy Byrd Turner

When we start our day, we have a wealth of meditation books to help lead our focus to faith, strength, and hope. Throughout each day, we have pamphlets and books to enrich our minds and expand our understanding of the disease that affects our lives. We learn we are not alone in our struggles and triumphs; there are many before us, many now, and many to come who will ask the same questions, have the same struggles, find the same hope.

Our literature is written by those who, through the help of their Higher Power, can communicate their feelings and thoughts. By keeping a journal to record our thoughts, dreams, feelings, goals, and daily events, we can create our personal book to use for a better understanding of ourselves. This, combined with the literature of the program, will enrich our lives with valuable and inspiring words.

I can begin my record of growth and goals, plans and dreams, and all my feelings. I can be the author of the book of my life.

From the book:

Night Light by Amy E. Dean

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

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