We must be careful never to show intolerance or hatred of drinking as an institution.  Experience shows that such an attitude is not helpful to anyone. We are not fanatics or intolerant of people who can drink normally.  Prospects are relieved when they find we are not witch burners.

Temperate drinking is okay, but we alcoholics can’t get away with it.  And no alcoholic likes to be told about alcohol by anyone who hates it.  we shall be of little use if our attitude is one of bitterness or hostility.  Do I have tolerance for those who can drink normally?

Meditation for the Day
Do not become encumbered by petty annoyances.  Never respond to emotional upsets by emotional upset.  Try to keep calm in all circumstances.  Try not to fight back.  Call on the grace of God to calm you when you feel like retaliating.  Look to God for the inner strength to drop those resentments that drag you down.  If you are burdened by annoyances, you will lose your inward peace and the spirit of God will be shut out.  Try to keep peaceful within.

Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may do the things that make for peace.  I pray that I may have a mission of conciliation.