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February 21,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

February 21,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
 
The sooner we alcoholics realize the fact that 
of sobriety by itself is not enough to insure real living,
the better off we will be.
 
For us to emerge from our shell and then cease
 all growth is to stagnate, and stagnation is death
 itself to an alcoholic. Everything on this planet has
 a part in the Grand Scheme and unless we discover
 and act our little part, we are dead, and decay has already set in.
 
It is contrary to the laws of Nature for man to stand still. 
We either go ahead or we go back.
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 Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
 
“Do not listen to the fear of letting go of yourself and you will
soon hear something refreshing.”
1500 Ways to Escape the Human Jungle, # 233
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
February 21,2017
I’M PART OF THE WHOLE
At once, I became a part—if only a tiny part—of a cosmos. . . .
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 225
When I first came to A.A., I decided that “they” were very nice people — perhaps a little naive, a little too friendly, but basically decent, earnest people (with whom I had nothing in common). I saw “them” at meetings—after all, that was where “they” existed. I shook hands with “them” and, when I went out the door, I forgot about “them.”
Then one day my Higher Power, whom I did not then believe in, arranged to create a community project outside of A.A., but one which happened to involve many A.A. members. We worked together, I got to know “them” as people. I came to admire “them,” even to like “them” and, in spite of myself, to enjoy “them.” “Their” practice of the program in their daily lives—not just in talk at meetings—attracted me and I wanted what they had. Suddenly the “they” became “we.” I have not had a drink since.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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The doorway of the absolute stands open 
at the center of our intuitive perception.
The Science of Mind page 112 
 
The difference between pity and compassion – 
pity elevates me, compassion is empathy for another’s humanness. 

Ala-non member
 
My wife wasn’t about to become a hostage
 to my drinking, she left me with the kids. 
Anonymous
 


As you start to walk out on the way, 
the way appears. 
~Rumi

The wise man sees in the misfortune of others what he should avoid.
Marcus Aurelius
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES
Lesson 52
Today’s review covers these ideas:
(6) I am upset because I see what is not there.
Reality is never frightening. It is impossible that it could upset me. Reality brings only perfect peace. When I am upset, it is always because I have replaced reality with illusions I made up. The illusions are upsetting because I have given them reality, and thus regard reality as an illusion. Nothing in God’s creation is affected in any way by this confusion of mine. I am always upset by nothing.
 
(7) I see only the past.
 
As I look about, I condemn the world I look upon. I call this seeing. I hold the past against everyone and everything, making them my enemies. When I have forgiven myself and remembered Who I am, I will bless everyone and everything I see. There will be no past, and therefore no enemies. And I will look with love on all that I failed to see before.
 
(8) My mind is preoccupied with past thoughts.
 
I see only my own thoughts, and my mind is preoccupied with the past. What, then, can I see as it is? Let me remember that I look on the past to prevent the present from dawning on my mind. Let me understand that I am trying to use time against God. Let me learn to give the past away, realizing that in so doing I am giving up nothing.
 
(9) I see nothing as it is now.
 
If I see nothing as it is now, it can truly be said that I see nothing. I can see only what is now. The choice is not whether to see the past or the present; the choice is merely whether to see or not. What I have chosen to see has cost me vision. Now I would choose again, that I may see.
 
(10) My thoughts do not mean anything.
 
I have no private thoughts. Yet it is only private thoughts of which I am aware. What can these thoughts mean? They do not exist, and so they mean nothing. Yet my mind is part of creation and part of its Creator. Would I not rather join the thinking of the universe than to obscure all that is really mine with my pitiful and meaningless “private” thoughts?.
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The Divine Mother who tries
to protect each baby through
the instinctive love of parents.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
 
“Drink wine. This is life eternal. 
This is all that youth will give you. 
It is the season for wine, roses and drunken friends. 
Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” 
― Omar Khayyám
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St .#701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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