A. A. Today: How Nice It Is


AA Today are daily readings from the book “Twenty-Four Hours A Day.”

“Twenty-Four Hours A Day is intended for members of Alcoholics Anonymous as a help in their program of living one day at a time.

It is designed for those who want to start each day with a few minutes of thought, meditation, and prayer.”

February 11, 2016

If we’re going to stay sober, we’ve got to learn to want something else more than we want to drink.  When we first came into A.A., we couldn’t imagine wanting anything else so much or more than drinking.  So we had to stop drinking on faith, on faith that some day we really would want something else more than drinking.

But after we’ve been in A.A. for a while, we learn that a sober life can really be enjoyed.  We learn how nice it is to get along well with our family, how nice it is to do our work well–whether at home or outside–how nice it is to try to help others.  Have I found that when I keep sober, everything goes well for me?

Meditation for the Day

There is almost no work in life so hard as waiting.  And yet God wants me to wait.  All motion is more easy than calm waiting, and yet I must wait until God shows me His will.  So many people have marred their work and hindered the growth of their spiritual lives by too much activity.  If I wait patiently, preparing myself always, I will be some day at the place where I would be.  And much toil and activity could not have accomplished the journey so soon.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may wait patiently.  I pray that I may trust God and keep preparing myself for a better life.


  • Patience it not my virtue. ๐Ÿ™‚ Something I want to be better, and I want it right now, now, now. Most of my verses this morning telling me He will handle it but little Ms. Impatience over here. Then I read this post. LOL seriously how many times, and ways does He have to tell me ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • “God Shots” lol, they can be multiple on a subject if we just are not getting it lol

      • yes, I am learning that, days like today, where every where I turn something or someone is telling me about “patience” I better straighten up because He is getting ready to crack me over the head with it ๐Ÿ˜‰ Right now He’s gently nudging me ๐Ÿ™‚ But if I’m going to be hardheaded…hahahaha.. He will get His point across ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • I sometimes wish I believed in God like I used to, but it’s much better for me to believe in God in a more “personally responsible” way (a term coined in my last therapy session). I believe in a source – in a God – but he/she/it’s not the God I thought he/she/it was… It’s a really weird place to find yourself having faith in yourself, giving yourself the credit for the strength and the courage this all takes, and loving yourself…as much as you used to love this mystical creature. It’s amazing how my life turned around when I started believing in myself the way I used to believe in God…and slowing myself to be valid no matter what I was feeling. The desire to drink slips away from me completely in those moments when I allow that for myself, and am wholly present in it. At least, mentally… Thank you for starting my day with this post, Rob. I feel good about today.

    • Awesome. You should. You owe it to yourself to live the life you deserve. The God of my understanding doesn’t have a white beard. He’s in you and me and everyone else, including those who have passed. They are with us, always. Never forget that. They are ALWAYS with us, believe it

      • YES! That’s what I’ve been learning. My prior religion skewed my whole perspective on myself, the world, and those around me. Now, distanced from that, I see and feel more love and less judgment – toward others and myself. It’s really been good. But I have this guilt syndrome about my past religion. I think it has to do with disappointing my parents. But we have to live our own lives and live our own hearts. Just because they don’t match a specific religion doesn’t mean they’re not pure hearts, filled with love. Thank you for your comment. I haven’t really talked about this – it’s a bit odd to be discussing it in blog comments right now but it’s also very healing and soul-growing. That helps is SO many ways. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผโค๏ธ

      • Cut the guilt rope and the anchor will fall. Guilt is oppressive. And youve got great perspective on all this already. What good is blogging if one can’t share wisdom with another! I’m here any time you need someone to run something by

  • I really appreciate all you share on the subject Rob. It is a great help to me personally. Although I am not going through the programme myself, I know someone who is and it is encouraging me to have faith too.

  • I really like this part: “we had to stop drinking on faith, on faith that some day we really would want something else more than drinking.” That’s truly how it feels.

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