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About michael_e

Retired in Florida, God's waiting room. Jack of all trades master of none...when I stop learning you can feed me to the fishes. Becoming a curmudgeon and learning to love it.

A Working Mind

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“What used to be the hunch

or the occasional inspiration

gradually becomes

a working

part of the mind.”

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BB p 87

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Because I spent no time indulging the obsession

or the compulsion to drink,

I had time to think clear thoughts.

Many of my first insights were thoughts of gratitude.

I was grateful that,

thanks to a Higher Power and the fellowship of AA,

a program of clean living and clear thinking

has been restored to me.

Today, I must work my program knowing that

I am still an alcoholic and that I must always

be on guard to make sure that the old stinking thinking

does not return and when it does, I have the tools to

help me do the next right thing.

Recovery is to restore a working mind.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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Any Prejudice

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“Do not let any prejudice

you may have against

spiritual terms

deter you from honestly

asking yourself what

they mean to you.”

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~ Alcoholic Anonymous p. 47

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As a drunk I was afraid to be wrong,

just one of the many fears that drove me to drink.

Confusing religion and spirituality only

added to my fear, I had no answer.

AA has taught me that I had no faith

and until I had faith in a Power greater than myself

I would drink again and to drink for the alcoholic

is to die.

Today, have faith, God will do for you

what he has done for millions of AA members.

Recovery is being open minded.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power

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ME and the Boss

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Demands

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Demands made upon

other people

for too much attention,

protection, and love

can only invite domination

or revulsion. . . .

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~ 12 & 12 p. 44

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A demand is an expectation,

expectations are resentments waiting to be born

and for the alcoholic, resentments lead to drink

and to drink is to die.

Change is good, but in moderation.

If the drunk changes too much too fast and he expect others

to keep up with him, to give him what he wants,

one can only foresee that a negative response

is in the making.

Today, check your motives, know your wants and needs,

go slow, ask for guidance and when push comes to shove,

be flexible.

Recovery is seeking honest motives.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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https://meandtheboss.wordpress.com

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Our Inventory

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“We finally saw

that the inventory

should be ours,

not the other man’s.

So we admitted our wrongs honestly

and became willing to set

these matters straight.”

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~ AS BILL SEES IT, p. 222

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It was always somebody else’s fault.

If they would have, should have, could have

only done this or that, everything would not have

had such negative consequences.

What part did I have to play in this outcome

became the fundamental question.

Yes, I may have been influenced by my disease of alcoholism

however, that could not be an excuse.

To clear the wreckage of the past, to clear head and heart

of the guilt and shame, I had to be honest and confess

to God and another human being the exact nature of my wrongs.

Recovery is initiated by an honest self-inventory.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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I Intend

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“Personally,

I take the attitude

that I intend never

to drink again.

This is somewhat different

from saying,

“I will never drink again.”

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As Bill Sees It p. 16

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Never say never.

I can drink anything I want to, any time I want to,

however, today I know that drinking alcohol is

not a good thing to do for a person who is allergic to alcohol.

Today, when ask about my future drinking habits, I reply

with “one day at a time” and God willing, should I live

forever, I will answer with a good intention

to not drink alcohol.

Recovery is a  good intention.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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Why Can’t He ?

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“How many times people

have said to us:

‘I can take it or leave

it alone. Why can’t he ?’

Why don’t you drink like

a gentleman or quit.”

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BB p 20

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It was very difficult for me to understand

my obsession and compulsion to drink alcoholically,

therefore, how could I expect someone who has never

had the urge to drink understand.

Don’t worry about what they think,

put yourself into the middle of AA and hang out

with those who do understand.

Recovery is a we thing.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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https://meandtheboss.wordpress.com

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The Essence Of Growth

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‘The essence of all growth

is a willingness to make

a change for the better

and then an unremitting willingness

to shoulder whatever responsibility

this entails.”

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~ AS BILL SEES IT, p. 115

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Recovery cannot be obtained by osmosis,

sitting in the chair at a meeting for ninety days

will only keep you sober for ninety days.

To obtain sobriety requires that you must be willing

to do the work and then you must take the action,

do the work.

Today, be willing, do something, use the spiritual

tools freely given by those who have gone before you

and have faith that the results of your efforts will be

serenity and peace of mind.

Recovery is taking the actions suggested.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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https://meandtheboss.wordpress.com

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