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Twenty-Four Hours a Day (Hazelden Education…

Twenty-Four Hours a Day (Hazelden Education Materials) (1954)

by Hazelden Meditations

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Known as 'the little black book' among AA folks, this is a daily reader. Many read a passage every morning & contemplate it through the day. I did so for a couple of years. While it definitely has a Christian bias, it strives to leave religion out & concentrate on spirituality.

It starts off with a wonderful Sanskrit proverb:

Look to this day,
For it is life,
The very life of life.
In its brief course lie all
The realities and verities of existence,
The bliss of growth,
The splendor of action,
The glory of power --

For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is only a vision,
But today, well lived,
Makes every yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day.

Sanskrit proverb
by Kalidasa,
Indian poet and playwright,
fourth century A.D. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
Excellent motivator; inspirational. ( )
  morgaine101 | Sep 18, 2008 |
Great Self Help Book ( )
  latinobookgeek | Mar 9, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0894860127, Hardcover)

Since 1954, Twenty-Four Hours a Day has become a stable force in the recovery of many alcoholics throughout the world. With over nine million copies in print (the original text has been revised), this "little black book" offers daily thoughts, meditations, and prayers for living a clean and sober life. A spiritual resource with practical applications to fit our daily lives.

"For yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision" is part of the Sanskrit proverb quoted at the beginning of the book which has become one of the basic building blocks for a life of sobriety. In addition to a thought, meditation and prayer for each day of the year, this handy, pocket-sized volume also contains the Serenity Prayer and the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. It is a simple, yet effective way to help us relate the Twelve Steps to everyday life and helps us find the power not to take that first drink each day.

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