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More Daily Reflections...

Postby Dallas » Sat May 20, 2006 5:11 am

More Daily Reflections...

I really enjoyed it when we had someone posting a message each day to the topic Daily Reflections. Everyday, it was something new and fresh, with some good thoughts to think about... and a time when I could reflect on my experiences with the topic.

The Daily Reflections that were getting posted were from the book Daily Reflections... and were written by AA members for AA members.

As I was reading the Daily Reflections that were coming from the book... I began to think about how awesome it would be... if the members here in our forum... started writing their own... original... Daily Reflections... that they would post and share with us daily!

I know that I would really enjoy it... and it would be helpful to me to read YOUR individual, original, daily reflections!

It would make it even more special to me... because of my connection to you here in the forum!

It would be written by members that I know... or members that I'm getting to know! For me, the appeal is more exciting than reading Daily Reflections... written by people that I don't know!

If you're shy... just get over it and start posting it!!! It will help you, help me, and I'm sure it will help many others to read your individual Daily Reflections! If you're worried about "spell check"... don't worry about it! I worry about my own spell check... enough for all of us!!! And, I still don't get it right!

So... what I'm trying to say is "Hey! Can I be any more clear about it? I'm asking... begging... pleading... inviting... you :lol: to post YOUR Daily Reflections!

Thank you for sharing with me!!!!



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The idea is not to discuss or debate each other on someone elses reflection. We can simply read it and move on. Discussions or conversations that do not relate to the topic and subject of the forums should be handled by Private Messages. Discussions and conversations about someone’s reflection should be addressed to the individual through Private Messages.

Thank you all, for your cooperation!

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Postby Buck V » Sat May 20, 2006 7:26 pm

Dallas - Good topic. Here goes..........

My Daily Reflection - May 20, 2006

Experience, Strength, and Hope

"Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience strength and hope...." AA Preamble

As a relative newcomer, I've had to break things down in little pieces, including this statement from the preamble. This is what it means to me.

Experience: The individual experiences from each individual in our fellowship. The sharing of the uniqueness of each persons' experience of life to empahasize the sameness of our disease.

Strength: AA. The fellowship. The group. The coming together of a diverse multitude of individuals with one primary purpose.

Hope: The power greater than myself. A caring, loving and forgiving God who can restore me to sanity.

Taken individually, these concepts are interesting, thought provoking, and even entertaining at times. Taken collectively, interwoven, and reliant on each of the others' premises makes, for me, an incredibly potent, livesaving credo with which to focus my efforts of recovery.

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Postby Dallas » Sun May 21, 2006 2:58 pm

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The Great Diversity in A. A. Meetings

I’ve had the opportunity and privilege of attending several A. A. meetings in many different cities and states in the United States. Often, the formats of the meetings are similar and just as often they are different.

Some of the A. A. meetings start with a prayer while others do not. Those that do start with a prayer... often use different prayers. Some use the Big Book while others use different literature, and some use no literature at all! Some meetings are discussion meetings, some are speaker meetings, some are panels, some are book studies and various other types of participation meetings.... and one... was just total silence after the introduction!

In some A. A. meetings the majority of the members seem to share many of the same interests, similar occupations, and share similar political, economic, social and religious backgrounds.... While in other meetings it seems like all sections of the country and many of it’s different occupations are represented. There is great diversity in their political, economic, social and religious backgrounds. And, it is quite obvious in these meetings they are people who normally would not mix outside of the meetings!

Some of the A. A. meetings that I’ve attended were very structured and disciplined. While others appeared to be like a rowdy bar without bottles! Some of the meetings were held in churches, synagogues and temples, while others were held in schools, houses, retail stores, next to bars and taverns, an upper room of a bar, on a boat, in restaurants, gambling casinos and even auto repair and body shops!

The A. A. meetings were usually held inside a structure but I’ve also attended many meetings outside... in yards, parks, campgrounds, beside a pool, under bridges and on the beach!

In some of the A. A. meetings the members wore suits and ties and dresses and were dressed very formal... while in others they wore bathing suits, bikinis, cut-offs, shorts and jeans. And, in some of the meetings I’ve seen the members dressed in all the different ways that I’ve described above... in the same meeting!

The seven things I’ve noticed that most of the A. A. meetings that I’ve attended had in common, were:

1. The majority of the members shared the same problem.
2. Typically, there is a great diversity in their members.
3. There is a great diversity of meetings.
4. The majority of the alcoholics in the meetings were physically sober.
5. Not all of the members were using the same solution to recover.
6. Some of the members were actually recovering,
7. The recovering members shared the same solution.

My general observations are:

We have the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous which is the members. The meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, which is a common place for AA members to get together. And, the book Alcoholics Anonymous... the text book which describes and gives instruction on the Alcoholics Anonymous Solution for Recovery.

When I meet a stranger who tells me “I’ve been to A.A.â€

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Postby Dallas » Mon May 22, 2006 12:58 am

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There is a solution

“The tremendous fact for every one of us is that we have discovered a common solution. We have a way out on which we can absolutely agree, and upon which we can join in brotherly and harmonious action. This is the great news this book carries to those who suffer from alcoholism.â€

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Postby Dallas » Mon May 22, 2006 4:35 am

A mini-reflection:

On the Washingtonians

If you took the Big Book and the 12 Steps out of A.A., you would have nothing more and nothing less than the Washingtonian Movement, which grew much more rapidly than A.A., and gained over 250,000 in memberships in the six short years that they existed!!!

The Washingtonian’s shared their experience, strength and hope with each other... but, they had no program of recovery! The members just got together and shared “this is what’s working for me.â€

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Postby 918gma » Mon May 22, 2006 4:44 am

I love our history. To me, it's the history of this program that proves it's worth. It has stood the test of time.

I believe and I'm sure I can be corrected if wrong that the Washingtonians became too diversified. They tapped into too many areas. Politics, religion, and many others.

They really had no direction. They were also not all alcoholics. History has proven itself, if you want help or want to help, stick to alcoholics. It will work when nothing else will.

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Postby cinderbobble » Mon May 22, 2006 5:06 am

If it were not for, 'love and tolerance is our code,' I (and many others like me - hopeless alcoholics) could not be here. I had, and still have the mind of a chronice alcoholic. AA was the last house on the block, and I was too sick to appreciate that fact. I had to hit my bottom in sobriety, and it is a wonder I did not go back out! I was afraid, AFRAID to drink!
You see, I actually thought that Step One was only theoretical stuff, and I still do sometimes! Yes, I have found it quite risky to share this type of stuff, for fear that I would be thrown out of the program. Fortunately, I have found that I identify way too readily.

These are my thoughts, as I left the meeting tonight, that was aflood with newcomers (whom I did not think cared one iota about what I thought or said). I MUST learn that my only job is the footwork, and I have to leave the results to God. I have been too prone to whether I carried a proper message, or what others think of me, etc. My self-consciousness prevented me from being one with the group. If I share, as honestly as I can, then I should just leave it at that. If it helps others, that is fine.... but if I want to keep what I have, I have to give it away. The central fact is, that I would have died or been locked up if I had not quit drinking. I have been, and still am one of those chronic misfits, and it is only lately that I have learned that I even have to let go of that, in order to get comfortable in my own skin. I pray, leave the results to God. I talk ina meeting, I leave the results to God, I talk to my sponsor, I leave the results to God. I do the footwork, I leave the results to God. I could not get four days sober together on my own - I went to meetings, and got sober. I had to finally get a sponsor in order to ride out the emotional tides, and attend a lot of meetings and participate a great deal in the footwork of the program. I still fall short, but I no longer apologize for myself.... because today I try to leave the results to God. I say 'try' because I do not always succeed. But this is a program of progress, not perfection.

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Postby Marie S. » Mon May 22, 2006 1:00 pm

My Daily Reflection is,

It’s not too late to read the big book and it’s never too early to read it again. It’s not too late to take the steps, and it’s okay to take them again. It’s not too late to get a sponsor, to ask for directions, and get some help regardless of how long I have been been sober.

I have prayed and ask God to show me the way out and then said “Thank you God, but I think I have a better way.â€
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Postby JR » Mon May 22, 2006 1:50 pm

My Reflection for the Day

Is it True? Is it Necessary? Is it Kind?

I used to go to a BB study and retreat when I lived in another state. The woman who conducted the study was an old southern gal who made sure beans were served on the first night of the retreat so that nobody would be tempted to put on "airs" except the foul kind. The retreat would last for 2 1/2 days and would cover the first 164 pages of the BB. When she got to the section about continuing to take personal inventory and admitting wrong promptly she said she didn't really like to admit wrong and make amends. So, she gave us her simple rules for restraint of pen and tongue. Before speaking she told us to consider the following:

Is it True? Is it Necessary? Is it Kind?

All three answers had to be yes before she could continue.

On many occasions I have thought of these questions only after the damage was done and I have had to make amends to those harmed. At other times I have been grateful when these questions came to mind before I've had a chance to say or write anything. I have discovered that ultimately, for me, I can only know the truth about myself only and that I cannot possibly know the truth about someone else.

I am grateful to the Southern Belle who took the time each year to share her experience, strength and hope with the women in our area. She wanted us to be sober women of grace and substance and I will always be grateful for her sound words.

Thanks for letting me share,

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Postby Marie S. » Mon May 22, 2006 2:42 pm

My Daily Reflection is,

It’s never too late to take my own inventory and at least try to correct my mistakes.

Marie S.
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