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Eye Opener (1950)
Loneliness drives more people to the Gin Mill than
 almost any other single factor –
 perhaps even the compulsion to drink.
In the old days when our society was
 objectionable to all our old friends,
 we would from sheer boredom go
 to the bar just to talk to someone. 
Anyone’s conversation was preferable to our thoughts. 
The drink was frequently an incidental.
Boredom is still one of our worst enemies. 
If you have an AA club, there is always 
some guy you can try to help. 
Regardless of your effect on him,
 the experience is bound to help you 
and will relieve you of your blues.
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE   
“The psychic enemy is personal negativity,
 which is conquered by self-knowledge.”
1500 Ways to Escape the Human Jungle, # 1036
Twenty Four Hours A Day
Thought for the Day April 30,2016
The A.A. program is one of faith because we find that we must have faith in a Power greater than ourselves if we are going to get sober. We’re helpless before alcohol, but when we turn our drink problem over to God and have faith that He can give us all the strength we need, then we have the drink problem licked. Faith in that Divine Principle in the universe which we call God is the essential part of the A.A. program. Is faith still strong in me? 
Meditation for the Day
Each one of us is a child of God, and as such, we are full of the promise of spiritual growth. A young person is like the springtime of the year. The full time of the fruit is not yet, but there is promise of the blossom. There is a spark of the Divine in every one of us. Each has some of God’s spirit that can be developed by spiritual exercise. Know that your life is full of glad promise. Such blessings can be yours, such joys, such wonders, as long as you develop in the sunshine of God’s love.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may develop the divine spark within me. I pray that by so doing I may fulfill the promise of a more abundant life.
 The one seeking to demonstrate the power 
of spiritual realization and everyday 
Affairs should believe in Divine Guidance.
 The science of Mind page 167
Why does he behave like this? If hundreds of experiences have shown him that one drink means another debacle with all its attendant suffering and humiliation, why is it he takes that one drink?
 — Alcoholics Anonymous, page 22
 My father, the most beloved gynecologist in Vienna, before they took him away on a morals charge for indecent exposure at the state opera house said, and I quote, “Please do not take me away. I will not do it again.”
 — Dr. Fritz Fassbender (Peter Sellers, What’s New Pussycat?)
How truth makes us free is something that we A.A.’s can well understand. 
It cut the shackles that once bound us to alcohol. It continues to release us from conflicts and miseries beyond reckoning; it banishes fear and isolation.  
— As Bill Sees It
I don’t even know if I am or I am not. 
When I think I am, I find myself worthless, 
when I think I am not, I find my value. 
Like my thoughts, I die and Rise Again each day.
ACIM Workbook Lesson 120 Insights
Review: “I rest in God” and “I am as God created me.”
  As the lesson reminds me, I need to let God tell me what I am instead of me telling God what I am. This reminder brings to mind the image of the rebellious teenager telling his parents he wants to do it his own way. “Don’t tell me what to do.” And I think of Frank Sinatra’s ode to the ego, “I did it my way.” The ego is the idea of independence from God. The last thing the ego wants is for God to tell me What I am. If I truly listened and accepted God’s definition of What I am, I would instantly drop any allegiance to the ego. Who would align himself to nothing when he is offered everything?
  The whole Course is teaching me to recognize that everything that I have valued in what the ego offers is really nothing. No form of specialness has any substance. It is an empty substitute for the eternal, limitless Love of God. It takes great effort to try to manufacture illusions that seem to have value, that seem to give me something I want. It’s exhausting because none of it ever really works.
In the grand panorama of creation,
the Invisible Infinite becomes visible in the finite;
and those with eyes to see Can discern in
every finite thing the marks of the Infinite.
 Paramahansa Yogananda
I don’t even know if I am or I am not. 
When I think I am, I find myself worthless, 
when I think I am not, I find my value. 
Like my thoughts, I die and Rise Again each day.

Ron Richey
439 Nahua Street #2
Honolulu, Hi 96815

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