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 Eye Opener (1950)
Many of us came into AA either in middle life or beyond
and feel that with our reasonable life expectancy,
 it is practically impossible to atone for our previous wrong actions.
The thief at the Crucifixion probably thought the same thing but,
 by one single act, he brought the promise that “this day, 
thou shalt be with me in Paradise.”
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE   
“Peculiar man fails to see how his public claim to rightness
is contradicted by his private feeling of wrongness. “
Cosmic Command, # 
Twenty Four Hours A Day MAY 2,2016
Thought for the Day
In A.A. we often hear the slogan “Easy Does It.” Alcoholics always do everything to excess. They drink too much. They worry too much. They have too many resentments. They hurt themselves physically and mentally by too much of everything. So when they come into A.A., they have to learn to take it easy. None of us knows how much longer we have to live. Ifs probable that we wouldn’t have lived very long if we had continued to drink the way we used to. By stopping drinking, we have increased our chances of living for a while longer. Have I learned to take it easy?
Meditation for the Day
You must be before you can do. To accomplish much, be much. In all cases, the doing must be the expression of the being. It is foolish to think that we can accomplish much in personal relationships without first preparing ourselves by being honest, pure, unselfish, and loving. We must choose the good and keep choosing it, before we are ready to be used by God to accomplish anything worthwhile. We will not be given the opportunities until we are ready for them. Quiet times of communion with the Higher Power are good preparation for creative action.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may constantly prepare myself for better things to come.
I pray that I may only have opportunities when I am ready for them.

  How often we condemn when we should forgive,
 how often censure on we might praise! 
What untold grief of heart might be relieved 
by words of cheer and forgiveness. 
The science of Mind page 438

It would be a product of false pride to claim that A.A. is a cure-all, 
even for alcoholism.
— A.A. Comes Of Age, page 232
Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having 
more of it than the next man. 
 — C.S. Lewis
I believe that an accurate definition of ortho-doxy is “single-minded 
devotion to the divine glory open to us as human beings.” Yet we must 
recognize that this glory (doxa) does not offer us a license to overrun 
the world in the name of our Lord and Savior. Rather, we must follow 
His lead and act as servants to all of creation, stewards of nature, 
caretakers of a world for which we are not causally responsible, yet 
have inherited as children of God, the greatest caretaker of all. 
— Edward Moore, St. Elias School of Orthodox Theology
We finally saw that faith in some kind of God was a part of our make-up, 
just as much as the feeling we have for a friend. Sometimes we had to 
search fearlessly, but He was there. He was as much a fact as we were. 
We found the Great Reality deep down within us. In the last analysis it 
is only there that He may be found. It was so with us.
— Alcoholics Anonymous, page 55

Wealth has nothing constant,
it comes in the morning and is gone at night.
Have self restraint, for patience is the key.

ACIM Workbook Lesson 122 Insights
“Forgiveness offers everything I want.”
   In yesterday’s lesson we practiced looking beyond bodies and focusing on the Light in our brothers and ourselves. Today we are told that God holds the door open to a warm and safe place and He invites us to come in. We are told when we enter, we enter into Light and form disappears. The imagery of formless, boundless Light is helping us shift our attention away from forms and what forms seem to do. It brings us to the awareness that illusionary forms do not matter in truth.
   Light always unites with Light. Light never resists Light. Light does not place limits on itself. It does not stop Itself. It always expands and enters wherever It is welcome. To be in darkness, barriers must be erected to keep the Light out. The moment the barriers are removed, Light rushes in to fill the space where darkness was. Darkness has no power over Light. We experience darkness only when we do not welcome Light and build barriers against It. Forgiveness brings down the barriers. As we learn to practice looking beyond form, letting the veil of form be lifted, we see the Light that has always been there. We see the changeless in the midst of change.
 If you need respite from inharmonies…. Go to some peaceful place and stay alone for a while, listening to the soft sounds of nature and of God within. All the happiness you seek lies within you, the image of God within you.
 Paramahansa Yogananda
Wealth has nothing constant,
it comes in the morning and is gone at night.
Have self restraint, for patience is the key.

Ron Richey
439 Nahua Street #2
Honolulu, Hi 96815

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