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AA Thought for the Day:

We got a kick out of the first few drinks, before we got stupefied by alcohol. For a while, the world seemed to look brighter. But how about the letdown, the terrible depression that comes the morning after? In AA, we get a real kick: not a false feeling of exhilaration, but a real feeling of satisfaction with ourselves, self-respect, and a feeling of friendliness toward the world. We got a sort of pleasure from drinking. For a while we thought we were happy. But it’s only an illusion. The hangover the next day is the opposite of pleasure. In AA, am I getting real pleasure and serenity and peace?

Meditation for the Day:

I will practice love, because lack of love will block the way. I will try to see good in all people—those I like and also those who fret me and go against the grain. They are all children of God. I will try to give love; otherwise, how can I dwell in God’s spirit from which nothing unloving can come? I will try to get along with all people, because the more love I give away, the more I will have.

Prayer for the Day:

I pray that I may do all I can to love others, in spite of their many faults. I pray that as I love, so will I be loved.

From “The Little Black Book – Twenty-Four Hours a Day”. Copyright 1975 by Hazelden Foundation.