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Saturday, March 23rd, 2019
12:14 am
The Man/Gal In The Glass
When you get what you want in your struggle for self 
And the world makes you king for a day 
Just go to a mirror and look at yourself, 
And see what THAT man has to say.
For it isn’t your father or mother or wife 
Who judgment upon you must pass; 
The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life 
Is the one staring back from the glass.
Some people may think you are a straight-shootin’ chum 
And call you a wonderful guy, 
But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum 
If you can’t look him straight in the eye.
He’s the fellow to please, never mind all the rest 
For he’s with you clear up to the end, 
And you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test 
If the man in the glass is your friend.
You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years 
And get pats on the back as you pass, 
But your final reward will be heartaches and tears 
If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.

The Gal in the Glass
When you get what you want in your struggle for self 
And the world makes you queen for a day, 
Just go to a mirror and look at yourself 
And see what that gal has to say.
For it isn’t your husband or family or friend 
Who judgment upon you must pass; 
The gal whose verdict counts most in your life 
Is the one staring back from the glass.
Some people may think you a straight shooting chum, 
And call you a person of place. 
But the gal in the glass says you’re only a bum 
If you can’t look her straight in the face.
She’s the gal to please, never mind all the rest 
For she’s with you clear up to the end. 
And you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test 
If the gal in the glass is your friend.
You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years 
And get pats on the back as you pass, 
But your final reward will be heartaches and tears
If you’ve cheated the gal in the glass.

Author Unknown
Friday, March 22nd, 2019
4:24 am
How Heavy?
A therapist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”

The same might be said for keeping secrets, shame, fear, and resentments ....

Unknown
Thursday, March 21st, 2019
6:07 am
Sobriety To Me
Sobriety to me is the best of times
it gives me a freedom of choice,
As I pursue the path of spirituality
I know I'll always rejoice.

`One Day At A Time' `Living Life On Life's Terms'
seems hard to imagine at first,
But `Let Go and "Let God' will make it simpler
and only increase the thirst.

For a willingness to learn and obtain some humility,
that extremely elusive trait,
Which come from `Progress' and not `Perfection'
which only God can create.

It's `East Does It' as I went my way on this road
`Happy. Joyous and Free',
Always striving to `Live and Let Live'
while allowing other to be.

Now `Keeping it Simple' is sometimes tough
as I tend to get in my own way,
But I `Keep Coming back' as suggested to me
I remember `it's Just for Today'.

Whenever my feelings get me into a funk
I have to pick up the phone,
Or go to a meeting and share what's wrong
to rid me of all my junk.

I have found a peace AA had promised
by keeping an open mind,
In finding my God and working the steps,
I now can repay in kind.

I must never forget my alcoholism
each day my gratitude grows,
I truly am free from the `Bondage of Self'
and thanks be to God, IT SHOWS.

Susan F. Ader

February 12, 1994
Wednesday, March 20th, 2019
5:01 am
Spring Planting
We are now beginning to prepare the soil for the spring planting. As we prepare to enter the Easter season, we will also be preparing spiritually for the future. Here are some thoughts on planting and reaping:

If you plant dishonesty, you will reap distrust.
If you plant selfishness, you will reap loneliness
If you plant pride, you will reap destruction.
If you plant envy, you will reap trouble.
If you plant laziness, you will reap stagnation.
If you plant bitterness, you will reap isolation.
If you plant greed, you will reap loss.
If you plant gossip, you will reap enemies.
If you plant worries, you will reap wrinkles.
If you plant sin, you will reap guilt.

But, if you plant honesty, you will reap trust.
If you plant goodness, you will reap friends.
If you plant humility, you will reap greatness.
If you plant perseverance, you will reap victory.
If you plant consideration, you will reap harmony.
If you plant hard work, you will reap success.
If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation.
If you plant openness, you will reap intimacy.
If you plant patience, you will reap improvements.
If you plant faith, you will reap miracles


So be careful what you plant now, it will determine what you will reap tomorrow. The seeds you now scatter will make life worse or better your life or the ones who will come after. Yes, someday, you will enjoy the fruits, or you will pay for the choices you plant today.
Tuesday, March 19th, 2019
5:02 am
Hard Times
Believe more deeply. Hold your face up to the Light, even though for
the moment you do not see. - Bill W.

At times, we'll go through pain and hardship. At times, we'll have
doubts. At times, we'll get angry and think we just don't care anymore.
These things can spiritually blind us. But this is normal. Hopefully,
we'll be ready for those times. Hopefully, we will have friends who will
be there for us.

Thank God for these moments! Yes, hard times can make our spirits deep and strong. These moments tell us who we are as people.
These moments help us grow and change. Spirituality is about choice. To be spiritual, we must turn ourselves over to the care of our Higher
Power.

Prayer for the Day
God, help me find You in my moments of blindness. This is when I
really need You.

Today's Action
Today I'll get ready for the hard times ahead. I will list my friends who will be there for me.

-Hazelden
Monday, March 18th, 2019
4:41 am
Dry Drunks
• They are a common experience of most recovering people!
• They usually come at (or near) predictable times after your last pill or drink:
6 weeks to 3 months, 5-7 months, 1 year, 18 months, 3 years. They also occur during times of elevated stress or when dealing with problems. They are common during “The Holidays” or when dealing with major life changes.
• They usually come without warning, i.e. you’re in it before you know it.
• They last from a couple of days to a couple weeks.
Some Common Symptoms:

Physical:
• Fatigue  “Achy” all over  Clumsy  Tired  Stiff and sore

Emotional:
• Irritable  Angry  Depressed  Fearful  Mood Swings  Lonely
 Isolated  Feel “odd” – “out of it”  Guilt and shame

Attitude Change:
• Want to be alone  “Fed up”  “Life’s a bitch”  Arrogant – better than others  “Nobody understands me”  “I’m a failure”

Eating and Sleep Disturbances:
• Don’t feel like eating  Always have the “munchies” – hungry all the time  “Can’t get enough sleep  Tired  Restless sleep Weird dreams Drinking dreams

Thinking:
• Thoughts race  Foggy  Can’t think straight  Go blank  “I’m
going crazy”  Repetitive thoughts – obsessions  Can’t see how one thing relates to another

Stress:
• Problems build up  Feel overwhelmed  Can’t slow down  Feel
overburdened  Lose daily structure  Can’t get started

Spiritual:
• Difficulty with prayer  Guilt and shame  Isolated  Angry What’s
the use”  Going-through-the-motions  Not connected  Not grounded

Relapse:
• Although some people relapse during a dry drunk (turning it into a wet drunk), not everyone does. In the event you do relapse, return to recovery as soon as you are able. Make your relapse part of your 1st Step and think of it as part of your powerlessness.

By Bob Martin
Sunday, March 17th, 2019
4:51 am
A St. Patrick's Day Prayer
May the Strength of God guide us.
May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Angels of God guard us.
Against the snares of the evil one.

May God be with us!
May God be before us!
May God be in us,
God be over all!

May Thy Grace, Lord,
Always be ours,
This day, O Lord, and forevermore.

Amen.
Saturday, March 16th, 2019
5:36 am
Paradoxes of AA
• From weakness (adversity) comes strength
• We forgive to be forgiven
• We give it away to keep it
• We suffer to get well
• We surrender to win
• We die to live
• From darkness comes light
• From dependence we found independence.
• We die to our old selves in order to live
• We stay sober for 1 day in order to stay sober forever
• We enter a loser and become a winner
• We were lost in order to be found
• We stand on our own two feet by leaning on each other
• God is a mystery – I know Him well
• I alone can do it, but I cannot do it alone
Friday, March 15th, 2019
4:59 am
The 90/10 Secret
"Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one."
Dr. Hans Selye

We really have no control over 10% of what happens to us. We cannot stop the car from breaking down. The plane may be late arriving, which throws our whole schedule off. A driver may cut us off in traffic. We have no control over this 10%. The other 90% is different. You determine the other 90%!

How? By your reaction.

Let's use an example.... You're eating breakfast with your family. Your daughter knocks over a cup of coffee onto your business shirt. You have no control over what just happened. What happens next will be determined by how you react. You harshly scold your daughter for knocking the coffee cup over. She breaks down in tears. After scolding her, you turn to your spouse and criticize her for placing the cup too close to the edge of the table. A short verbal battle follows. You storm upstairs and change your shirt. Back downstairs you find your daughter has been too busy crying to finish breakfast and get ready for school - she misses the bus. Your spouse must leave immediately for work. You rush to the car and drive your daughter to school. Because you are late, you drive 40 miles an hour in a 30 mph speed limit.

You have a miserable day at work but are not sure why everything seems to go wrong. You look forward to going home. When you arrive home you find small wedge in your relationship with your spouse and daughter.

Why? Because of how you reacted in the morning.

Why did you have a bad day? A) Did the coffee cause it? B) Did your daughter cause it? C) Did your colleagues cause it? D) Did you cause it? The answer is D.

You had no control over what happened with the coffee. How you reacted in those 5 seconds is what caused your bad day. Here is what could have and should have happened. Coffee splashes over you. Your daughter is about to cry. You gently say "It's OK honey, you just need to be more careful next time".

Grabbing a towel you rush upstairs. After grabbing a new shirt and your briefcase. You come back down in time look through the window and see your child getting on the bus. She turns and waves. You and your spouse kiss before you both go to work. You arrive 5 minutes early and cheerfully greet the staff. Your boss comments on how good of day you are having. Notice the difference. Two different scenarios. Both started the same, but ended differently.

Why? Because of how you REACTED.

Here are some ways to apply the 90/10 secret: If someone says something negative about you, do not be a sponge. Let the attack roll off like water on glass. You don't have to let the negative comment affect you! React properly and it will not ruin your day. A wrong reaction could result in losing a friend, being fired, getting stressed out, etc.

How do you react if someone cuts you off in traffic? Do you lose your temper? Pound the steering wheel? Does your blood pressure skyrocket? Do you try and bump them? WHO CARES if you arrive ten seconds later at work? Why let the other driver ruin your day?

The plane is late. It is going to mangle your schedule for the day. Why take out your frustration on the flight attendant? She has no control over what is going on. Use your time to study, get to know the other passengers, etc. Why get stressed out?

You now know the 90-10 secret - apply it and you will be amazed at the results.

by Rashid.A.V.
Thursday, March 14th, 2019
12:45 am
Taking Ownership
“See who you are. Own who you are. Be who you are. Don't apologize.” - Jerry K.

At some point in our recovery, we need to admit to ourselves and others who we really are. Looking inside and pondering our shortcomings is not the most comfortable thing the program has asked us to do. In the past it's been more comfortable to deny them, to look the other way, to sweep the human error element under the rug.

But the rewards are great. Once we own our shortcomings, once we tell them out loud to another person, we have taken full responsibility for ourselves - who we are, what we are - and how we have acted.

Now we are closer to our Higher Power, who has accepted us all along. Now we can return to the spiritual support that is always available. When we admit who we are to ourselves and others, we are given the gift of self-acceptance and a sense of belonging to the human race.

By opening ourselves this way, we enrich our relationships with our Higher Power, ourselves, and our fellow humans. These relationships bring a new sense of belonging and meaning to our lives.

Today help me tell myself, my Higher Power, and at least one other person who I really am.

From “Body, Mind, and Spirit” by Anonymous
Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
5:31 am
The Desert of Loneliness
In John's Gospel, after Peter swears his love for Jesus, Jesus tells him: "Until now, you have girded your belt and walked where you wanted to walk. Now others will put a belt around you and take you where you would rather not go!"

John informs us that Jesus said this to indicate the type of death Peter was to die.

Prayer and solitude are a lot about a certain kind of death - death to narcissism, to fantasy, to illusion, to false grandiosity, and to false beliefs and values. Rarely do we walk into the desert that purifies us of these by ourselves.

Generally, it is a conspiracy of circumstances, more accurately called divine providence, that puts a rope around us and leads us where we would rather not go. Most of our solitude is by conscription. It is rarely by our active choosing that we are taken into the real desert.

This should, I hope, be valuable to us in helping us understand what is happening to us during those times when we feel so dislocated, isolated, alone, and morally lonely. We are experiencing desert pain, the rope of baptismal displacement that Jesus told Peter about, the dark night of the soul, the painful purification of real contemplation.

Real solitude is not the type that one normally reads about in the tourist brochures ... or that one fantasizes about when one is over-tired and over-restless! It is important to know this at those times when we are most lonely and in pain.

But it is this type of solitude that, because it is so disillusioning, precisely dispels illusion. It also dispels fantasy and narcissism because it takes us out of a dream world into the real world.

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI
Tuesday, March 12th, 2019
5:16 am
Learning Along The Path
"Life is like a path...and we all have to walk the path... As we walk... we'll find experiences like little scraps of paper in front of us along the way. We must pick up those pieces of scrap paper and put them in our pocket... Then, one day, we will have enough scraps of papers to put together and see what they say... Read the information and take it to heart." - Uncle Frank Davis (quoting his mother), PAWNEE

The Creator designed us to learn by trial and error. The path of life we walk is very wide. Everything on the path is sacred - what we do right is sacred - but our mistakes are also sacred. This is the Creator's way of teaching spiritual people. To criticize ourselves when we make mistakes is not part of the spiritual path. To criticize mistakes is not the Indian way. To learn from our mistakes is the Indian way. The definition of a spiritual person is someone who makes 30-50 mistakes each day and talks to the Creator after each one to see what to do next time. This is the way of the Warrior.

Today let me see my mistakes as a positive process. Let me learn the aha's of life... Awaken my awareness so I can see the great learning that You, my Creator, have designed for my life.

From - Elder's Meditation of the Day
Monday, March 11th, 2019
3:51 am
Be a Judge - Not a Lawyer
"The Talmud says, "Be a judge; not a lawyer."

What does this mean and how is it pertinent to WINNING WITHOUT INTIMIDATION?

On a surface level, and when directed at an actual judge, the advice is obvious. Whereas a lawyer is paid to win the case for his or her client by any legal and ethical means possible, obviously a judge is not. The judge's job is to ensure that the proceedings run smoothly, legally and that both sides receive a fair hearing. Thus, the judge needs to understand both sides of the issue and, to the best of his or her ability, be completely impartial.

Actually, that admonishment is so obvious for an actual court judge that the advice was, on a deeper level, intended for the layperson involved in a non-court dispute.

Have you ever found yourself in a disagreement where you were so intent on "winning your case" that, even when confronted with a point that obviously trumped yours, you insisted on prolonging the argument? (I know I have!!) You just had to find a way to "win?" That would fall in the category of "being a lawyer." Now, if you are a lawyer and representing a client, that's fine - you're just doing your job. If that's not the situation, however, you might want to reconsider and take a different path.

Here's a very difficult (yet, very mature) action to take. Be a judge. Look at this disagreement as though you are a wise judge. In order to do this, you must "step back" from the actual situation and see both sides of the issue, yours AND theirs. Actually, especially theirs since you are pre-disposed to see yours. Ask yourself how would you judge this if you were an impartial...well, judge?

We've spoken in earlier issues of the effective WWI (Winning Without Intimidation) method of acknowledging the other side's case first in order to gain credibility and cause the other to be more agreeable to your side of the issue. This is different. Here you are actually tapping into the wisdom and impartiality of a judge in order to see the situation as it really is.

Human beings being what we are, this is difficult when the ego says, "win at all costs - even if you're wrong." The best way to overcome this tendency is to be a judge, not a lawyer.
I'm glad to have you with us. Have an awesome WINNING WITHOUT INTIMIDATION week!
Bob Burg


Bob Burg is the best-selling author of "Winning Without Intimidation"
Sunday, March 10th, 2019
7:06 am
Twin Brothers
The family had two twin boys whose only resemblance to each other were their looks. If one felt it was too hot, the other thought it was too cold. If one said the TV was too loud, the other claimed the volume was too low. Opposite in every way, one was an eternal optimist, the other a doom and gloom pessimist.

Just to see what would happen, on the twins’ birthday, the father loaded the pessimist’s room with every imaginable toy and game. The optimist’s room he loaded with horse manure.

That night, the father passed by the pessimist’s room and found him sitting amid his new gifts crying bitterly. “Why are you crying?” the father asked. “Because my friends will be jealous, I’ll have to read all these instructions before I can do anything with this stuff, I’ll constantly need batteries and my toys will eventually get broken,” answered the pessimist twin.

Passing the optimist twin’s room, the father found him dancing for joy in the pile of manure. “What are you so happy about?” he asked. To which his optimist twin replied, “With all this manure, there’s got to be a pony in here somewhere.”

Which are you??
Saturday, March 9th, 2019
6:37 am
Thoughts About Lent
What is Lent about for a recovering person? Many think about Lent in terms of giving up something. Usually we think of something we would be better off without anyway – like sugar, nicotine, caffeine, etc. (Maybe that should tell us something!) Fasting may be a good place to start. I don’t know if Lent is really about our taste buds, though. Sometimes instead of giving up something, we add more to our already busy schedule – more exercise, more cleaning, more letters written, etc. That might not be the best way to enter Lent either.

Maybe Lent could be more like a retreat – a time to get away and deepen our awareness of God and to discover ourselves. When we discover God, we discover God’s Love. Or rather we discover Loving. God is a Verb! Lent is a time to get away, like Jesus did to think, to pray and to be still. Of course, it’s a preparation for something, too. Lent has been referred to as a communal retreat for Christians. We are getting ready for Holy Week and Easter. Certainly, we in recovery have been called back to life and freed from the bondage of our addiction.

Some people say recovery is like lent – or like a retreat. There are similarities, but, recovery is recovery. It may be good to focus a little more on the spirituality of recovery during lent, but don’t forget why you’re here.

A danger exists for some of us – we can get lost in our heads if we’re not careful. There’s an old saying, “My mind is a dangerous place to go alone.” So perhaps Lent is not a time to get our heads lost in the clouds, but rather to come down to earth and look at who we are and what our needs are all about. Our spirituality is less about finding God on some mountaintop than finding God in our own hearts.

Some people do a lot of reading while they’re here (or a lot of TV or movies, or eating out, etc.) which distract from Treatment. Maybe a better practice would be to refocus on treatment.

When Jesus went into the desert to pray, he experienced the three temptations which are basic to all humans. We experience the same temptations, or needs, today – for security, for power or control, and for affection or esteem. If we can’t identify our needs and take care of them in healthy ways, we are liable to take care of them in unhealthy ways. That’s part of our humanness, too.

Most of us are probably familiar with the hierarchy of needs Maslow described – the need for food, security, love and nurturing, achievement, and self-esteem.
However, many of us develop some unhealthy needs along the way. They include – the need to know, to explain, to be right, to get even, to look good, to judge, to keep score, to feel comfortable, to be entertained, to feel important and to be in control.

Lent is a time to look at temptation and needs and at the struggles we encounter in recovery. Those struggles and needs are what call us to escape from ourselves and from God. Where do we go? For most of us, it’s the comfortable and familiar places we’ve been before, even though we say we don’t like being there – alcohol, food, power, sex, busy-ness, “over-doing,” the internet (or, as mentioned above, movies, TV, etc.). Some of us escape into our unresolved feelings – rage, shame, depression and so on. Temptation often comes through our emotions. Even though they’ve been with us all of our lives, we have tried to ignore them through repression, rationalization and, of course, denial. A member of a religious community told me once that, “our feelings were removed in formation.” Hmm!

Others have commented that whole cultures are SHAME BASED Certainly, people say that about Catholics – and some other religions, too.

Maybe Lent should be leading us into life, rather than leading us away from life. Maybe Lent is more important than giving up candy or engaging in more rituals. Rituals are very important in the life of the church. I do not mean to minimize their tremendous importance and value.
(THE CLASSIC LENTEN RITUALS: Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving.)
But rituals can also be used as an ESCAPE. Sometimes we are good at using rituals to feel good. We scratch the surface with the “feel good” emotions and avoid getting to our core issues. Remember the words of the Big Book. “Our liquor was but a symptom. So we had to get down to causes and conditions.” (p. 64) Fasting and rituals are a good start to Lent. But Lent isn’t about taste buds or smells and bells.

CORE ISSUES:
Shame
Loneliness
Self-pity
Fear
Anxiety
Failure
Loss
Grief
Abuse
Disappointment
Abandonment

Fasting and rituals are good if they lead to a real transformation and to genuine changes in our life. Most priests and religious are good at words and rituals and busy-ness. Perhaps Lent should be more of a time of listening and searching and less for busy-ness. Priests and religious are also good at leading others. Maybe it would be a better practice during Lent to sometimes participate in community activities and give others a chance to lead.

I really don’t want to minimize the importance of fasting and other rituals – or other disciplines. They are very important. They teach us about poverty. They show us how cluttered our lives are with too many things and activities. They can show us how we need to move from power and control and comfort to being spiritually empty and needy so God can fill us with Love. As we experience giving up things and behaviors, we learn how power exists in our lives, which can sometimes lead us to false gods. Re-read “The Little Prince” this Lent to hear about how “busy” and “important” grown-ups can think they are while they are really missing life.

Perhaps this Lent – more than years before – should be about looking at the effect the world has had on us. We have been surrounded by violence and are still embroiled in scandal. We are on the brink of war again. The wounded Church needs healing, as do those of us who call Her our “Home.” We all have unfinished business from childhood as well as from adulthood. We are often pushed in many directions at once. There is a terrible stress on all of us. We can easily become isolated from others. Perhaps during Lent we can be more attentive to relationships rather than living in the stand-in-line-and-take-a-number world.

As I have listened to people around the country, I have found many to be in pretty good shape. I have also found a lot of woundedness and anger and hurt and confusion. Sometimes the “good shape” and the “wounding” are in the same place.

Redemption, in modern terms is perhaps about wholeness and health of body, mind and spirit. Perhaps it would be good to focus on those during Lent. How are we caring for the body God gave us? Most of us need some improvement in that area – not just during Lent, but as part of a longer journey. Sometime we invite and entertain irrational thoughts and expectations of ourselves and of others. So, what’s going on in our heads? Those attitudes and thinking habits can probably stand some work. Spiritually, perhaps it would help to just be still and listen for a while – focusing on God’s Love. God lives in our hearts. Perhaps it would be good to move from our heads (words and rituals) to our hearts during this time of community retreat.

Perhaps there is no better time than Lent to look at the gift of recovery and to see where we have come from and where we are going. How have we received the gift and grace of recovery? What are we doing, or not doing, to cherish this gift? How are we sharing the gift? What would strengthen our recovery?

In the end, maybe the most important thing we can do for Lent is to just let God love us! For many of us, finding ways to let God love us would make this the best Lent we have ever experienced. “Be still and know….”

For us in Recovery, we don’t dismiss our religious beliefs. Some of us emphasize more work on The 12 Steps during Lent – putting faith and hope and gratitude into action which, for us, is transformative.

This can be as simple as attending another meeting or listening to another story or asking ourselves another question about who we really are.

By Bob Martin
Thursday, March 7th, 2019
1:21 am
Footprints
One night I dreamed a dream.

I was walking along the beach with my Lord. Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, one belonging to me and one to my Lord.

When the last scene of my life shot before me I looked back at the footprints in the sand. There was only one set of footprints. I realized that this was at the lowest and saddest times of my life. This always bothered me and I questioned the Lord about my dilemma.

"Lord, You told me when I decided to follow You, You would walk and talk with me all the way. But I'm aware that during the most troublesome times of my life there is only one set of footprints. I just don't understand why, when I need You most, You leave me."

He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you, never, ever, during your trials and testings. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you."

Margaret Fishback Powers, 1964
Wednesday, March 6th, 2019
5:40 am
The Third Step Prayer
God,

I offer myself to You
To build with me and to do with me as You wilt.
Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do
Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear
witness to those I would help of Your Power, Your Love and
Your Way of life, May I do Thy will always!

Amen.

Found in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous on Page 63
Tuesday, March 5th, 2019
5:16 am
The Magic Bank Account
THE MAGIC BANK ACCOUNT

THE AUTHOR IS NOT KNOWN.
IT WAS FOUND IN THE BILLFOLD OF
COACH PAUL BEAR BRYANT,
ALABAMA, AFTER HE DIED IN 1982.

The Magic Bank Account
Imagine that you had won the Following *PRIZE* in a contest:
Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400
In your private account for your use.
However, this prize has Rules:
The set of Rules:

1. Everything that you didn't spend during each day would be taken away from you.
2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account.
3. You may only spend It.
4. Each morning upon awakening,
The bank opens your account with another $86,400 for that Day.
5. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time, it can say, Game Over!" It can close the account
And you will not receive a new one.

What would you personally Do?
You would buy anything and Everything you wanted right? Not only for yourself, but for all the people you love and care for. Even for people you don't know, because you couldn't possibly spend it all on yourself, right?

You would try to spend every penny, and use it all, because you knew it would be replenished in the morning, right?

ACTUALLY, This GAME is REAL
...
Shocked ???
YES!

Each of us is already a winner Of this *PRIZE*.
We just can't seem to see it.

The PRIZE is *TIME*

1. Each morning we awaken to Receive 86,400 seconds
As a gift of Life.
2. And when we go to sleep at Night, any remaining time
is Not credited to us.
3. What we haven't used up that Day is forever lost.
4. Yesterday is forever Gone.
5. Each morning the account is Refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time WITHOUT WARNING...

SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?
Those seconds are worth so much More than the same amount in dollars. Think about it and remember to Enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than You think.
So take care of yourself, be Happy, love deeply and enjoy life!

Here's wishing you a wonderful And beautiful day.
Start spending....

"DON'T COMPLAIN ABOUT GROWING OLD...!"
SOME PEOPLE DON'T GET THE PRIVILEGE!

Forward this to everyone you care about!
Monday, March 4th, 2019
5:34 am
Twelve Commitments of Sponsorship
1. I will not help you to stay and wallow in limbo.

2. I will help you to grow, to become more productive, by your definition.

3. I will help you become more autonomous, more loving of yourself, more excited, less sensitive, more free to become the authority for your own living.

4. I cannot give you dreams or "fix you up" simply because I cannot.

5. I cannot give you growth or grow for you. You must grow for yourself by facing reality, grim as it may be at times.

6. I cannot take away your loneliness or your pain.

7. I cannot sense your world for you, evaluate your goals for you, tell you what is best for your world; because you have your own world in which you must live.

8. I cannot convince you of the necessity to make the vital decision of choosing the frightening uncertainty of growing over the safe misery of remaining static.

9. I want to be with you and know you as a rich and growing friend; yet I cannot get close to you when you choose not to grow.

10. When I begin to care for you out of pity or when I begin to lose faith in you, then I am inhibiting both for you and for me.

11. You must know and understand my help is conditional. I will be with you and "hang in there" with you so long as I continue to get even the slightest hint that you are still trying to grow.

12. If you can accept this, then perhaps we can help each other to become what God meant us to be, mature adults, leaving childishness forever to the little children of the world.

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Sunday, March 3rd, 2019
5:41 am
Why Don't We Pray?
The highest privilege ever afforded to humans is the power of prayer.
... then why don't we pray?

The right to talk to the highest power in all the universe...
... then why don't we pray?

The most powerful force accessible to people is the potential of prayer...
... then why don't we pray?

The greatest longing in the heart of God is to talk to His children...
... then why don't we pray?

Nothing is impossible to those who pray...
... then why don't we pray?

No one ever failed or faltered who gave himself to prayer...
... then why don't we pray?

Every sin is forgiven, every stain is washed clean, all guilt diminished to the one who prays...
... then why don't we pray?

Hell moves farther away, Satan flees from the one who prays...
... then why don't we pray?

Anointing will come, mountains will be moved, valleys made smooth, rivers made crossable,
the inaccessible made accessible, the impossible made possible, dreams come true to the one who prays...
... then why don't we pray?

Jesus said that men ought always to pray...
... then why don't we pray?

Paul encouraged prayer without ceasing...
... then why don't we pray?

The riches of heaven are open to those who pray in His name...
... then why don't we pray?

Everyone can pray, the young, the old, the rich, the poor, the strong, the weak, the child, the aged, the sinner, the prisoner, in any nation, in any language, all people can pray...

... then why don't we pray?


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