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Post Info TOPIC: Daily Reflections ~ Progressive Gratitude & 24hrs a Day

MIP Old Timer

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Daily Reflections ~ Progressive Gratitude & 24hrs a Day

Gratitude should go forward, rather than backward. AS BILL SEES IT, p. 29

I am very grateful that my Higher Power has given me a second chance to live a worthwhile life. Through Alcoholics Anonymous, I have been restored to sanity. The promises are being fulfilled in my life. I am grateful to be free from the slavery of alcohol. I am grateful for peace of mind and the opportunity to grow, but my gratitude should go forward rather than backward. I cannot stay sober on yesterdays meetings or past Twelfth-Step calls; I need to put my gratitude into action today. Our co-founder said our gratitude can best be shown by carrying the message to others. Without action, my gratitude is just a pleasant emotion. I need to put it into action by working Step Twelve, by carrying the message and practicing the principles in all my affairs. I am grateful for the chance to carry the message today!

A.A. Thought for the Day

In twelfth step work, the third thing is conviction. Prospects must be convinced that they honestly want to stop drinking. They must see and admit that their life is unmanageable. They must face the fact that they must do something about their drinking. They must be absolutely honest with themselves and face themselves as they really are. They must be convinced that they must give up drinking and they must see that their whole life depends on this conviction. Do I care enough about other alcoholics to help them reach this conviction?

Meditation for the Day

There is no limit to what you can accomplish in helping others. Keep that thought always. Never relinquish any work or give up the thought of any accomplishment because it seems beyond your power. God will help you in all good work. Only give it up if you feel that it's not God's will for you. In helping others, think of the tiny seed under the dark, hard ground. There is no certainty that, when it has forced its way up to the surface, sunlight and warmth will greet it. Often a task seems beyond your power, but there is no limit to what you can accomplish with God's help.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may never become discouraged in helping others. I pray that I may always rely on the power of God to help me.

From Twenty-Four Hours a Day 1975 by Hazelden Foundation.

(Let it be a God or Higher Power of your own understanding)

Progress not perfection.. & Practice makes Progress!

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Thanks...Sobrietyspell for the insight.



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I join Mr. David in thanking you for all your good food for thought!

My dear sponsor would remind me on a regular basis, that the cure for depression is gratitude. It was so helpful for me to write out a list of my gratitudes whenever I found myself slipping into my pity pot during the early part of my sobriety.

Thanks again.

OLD TIMER, by the grace of God.
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