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Eye Opener (1950)
The only way that AA can be considered a Reform is in the fact that
 our way of living is the result of a reformation in our thinking.
  Our new pattern of action is the result of a new pattern of thinking. 
As our thoughts are focused more and more on more and more, 
our minds grow in the capacity to absorb more and more.
  As our thoughts are directed to the God of our understanding
 and our suffering alcoholic brethren, 
we find that self is pushed back into the little space it deserves.


At the personal level, anonymity provides protection for all members from identification as alcoholics, a safeguard often of special importance to newcomers. At the level of press, radio, TV, and films, anonymity stresses the equality in the Fellowship of all members by putting the brake on those who might otherwise exploit their A.A. affiliation to achieve recognition, power, or personal gain.
Attraction is the main force in the Fellowship of A.A. The miracle of continuous sobriety of alcoholics within A.A. confirms this fact every day. It would be harmful if the Fellowship promoted itself by publicizing, through the media of radio and TV, the sobriety of well-known public personalities who became members of A.A. If these personalities happened to have slips, outsiders would think our movement is not strong and they might question the veracity of the miracle of the century. Alcoholics Anonymous is not anonymous, but its members should be.
All of the Twelve Steps require sustained
 and personal exertion to conform to their
 principles and so, we trust, to God’s will.
12&12 Step Three, p.40 

“The only reason the cosmic shepherd does not find the straying
sheep is because it does not want to be found.”
Cosmic Command, # 887
We should read, study, think and meditate upon those 
statements which tend to be calm to give poise and confidence,
 and erase all thought of fear intention. 
The Science of Mind page 246

I used to be shy.
 You made me sing.
 I used to refuse things at that table. 
Now I shout for more wine.
 And somber dignity, 
I used to sit on my mat and pray.
 Now children run through and make faces at me.
 Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)

Lesson 233
I give my life to God to guide today.
Father, I give You all my thoughts today. I would have none of mine. In place of them, give me Your Own. I give You all my acts as well, that I may do Your Will instead of seeking goals which cannot be obtained, and wasting time in vain imaginings. Today I come to You. I will step back and merely follow You. Be You the Guide, and I the follower who questions not the wisdom of the Infinite, nor Love whose tenderness I cannot comprehend, but which is yet Your perfect gift to me.
Today we have one Guide to lead us on. And as we walk together, we will give this day to Him with no reserve at all. This is His day. And so it is a day of countless gifts and mercies unto us.
It is so wonderful to be in tune with God and to trust in Him implicitly, being content wherever He places you and whatever He makes of you, accepting all with humility and devotion.
 Paramahansa Yogananda
Alas, that Spring should vanish with the Rose!
That Youth’s sweet-scented Manuscript should close!
The Nightingale that in the Branches sang,
Ah, whence, and whither flown again, who knows!
Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. 
Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, 
and enable mankind to benefit therefrom.
(Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, Lawh-i-Maqsúd)
Ron Richey
356A Claudine St.
Honolulu, Hi 96816

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