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Eye Opener (1950)
The greatest battles of life are won or lost without the sound of a single shot. Suppose Christ had lost His battle with Satan at the time of His temptation? Its repercussions would have been greater than all the battles of history.
Your greatest victory, your greatest display of courage in your fight against Alcohol was not accomplished amid flying banners and the flourish of trumpets but in the quiet of your own heart.
The most courageous thing a man can do when he has fought a good fight and realizes that he is up against unconquerable odds, is to admit that he is whipped. General Robert E. Lee‘s reputation for courage suffered not one bit by his surrender at Appomattox
Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
“Life for most people is an odd and fickle dream. There is a way
to awaken. Look at it in the following way. You have an undeveloped
region within. With more knowledge and application this region can be
developed. You then stand in a new place of commanding comprehension.
Do not lose the profound message in these few words because of their
simplicity. Study and apply them.”
700 Inspiring Guides To A New Life, # 274
January 22, 2017
A few hours later I took my leave of Dr. Bob. . . . The wonderful, old, broad smile was on his face as he said almost jokingly, “Remember, Bill, let’s not louse this thing up. Let’s keep it simple!” I turned away, unable to say a word. That was the last time I ever saw him.
After years of sobriety I occasionally ask myself: “Can it be this simple?” Then, at meetings, I see former cynics and skeptics who have walked the A.A. path out of hell by packaging their lives, without alcohol, into twenty-four hour segments, during which they practice a few principles to the best of their individual abilities. And then I know again that, while it isn’t always easy, if I keep it simple, it works.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

I must set myself right with the universe.
I must find the way back to the central fire,
if I am to be warmed.
I must find the source if I am to be supplied. 
The Science of Mind page 446
When I came too I had cow poo in my mouth. 
I was always in the s***.
Thing to say to the alcoholic when he/she does his/her thing: 
  I never thought of it that way. 
   You could be right 
Alanon member
If you want what visible reality can give,
you’re an employee.
If you want the ununseen world, 
you’re not living your truth. 
Both wishes are foolish, 
but you’ll be forgiven for forgetting that what
 you really want is love’s confusing joy.
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)
Lesson 22
What I see is a form of vengeance.
Today’s idea accurately describes the way anyone who holds attack thoughts in his mind must see the world. Having projected his anger onto the world, he sees vengeance about to strike at him. His own attack is thus perceived as self defense. This becomes an increasingly vicious circle until he is willing to change how he sees. Otherwise, thoughts of attack and counter-attack will preoccupy him and people his entire world. What peace of mind is possible to him then?
It is from this savage fantasy that you want to escape. Is it not joyous news to hear that it is not real? Is it not a happy discovery to find that you can escape? You made what you would destroy; everything that you hate and would attack and kill. All that you fear does not exist.
Look at the world about you at least five times today, for at least a minute each time. As your eyes move slowly from one object to another, from one body to another, say to yourself:
I see only the perishable. 
I see nothing that will last. 
What I see is not real.
What I see is a form of vengeance.
At the end of each practice period, ask yourself:
Is this the world I really want to see?
The answer is surely obvious.
The countless forms in nature are expressions of Thy versatile genius- originals from thy ceaselessly vibrating fingers. May we see in all creation Thine inimitable handiwork. 
Paramahansa Yogananda

“Oh what a long time we shall not be and the world will endure,
Neither name nor sign of us will exist;
Before this we were not and there was no deficiency,
After this, when we are not it will be the same as before.” 
― Omar Khayyám

Ron Richey
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