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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.

From Above

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gratitude that I had once

suffered the pains of

alcoholism,

gratitude that a miracle of

recovery

had been worked upon me

from above:

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As Bill Sees It p 133

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I am a grateful recovering alcoholic.

As long as I follow the simple suggestions of this program

I can look forward to receiving more miracles from above.

Today, be grateful for something, anything, and remember

to thank your Higher Power for the miracles of recovery.

Recovery is having gratitude for the miracles received from above.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power

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ME and the Boss

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A Full And Thankful Heart

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“I try hard to hold fast

to the truth that

a full and thankful heart

cannot entertain

great conceits.”

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As Bill Sees It p 37

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I wanted what I wanted and I wanted it

immediately.

The selfish, self-centered drunk has a problem

with distinguishing between wants and needs.

Today, most recovering alcoholics are able to be

thankful for what they have and to understand that

wishes and wants are a pathway back to a place

where they do not want to go.

Recovery is learning to be grateful.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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https://meandtheboss.com

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The Starting Point

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“For all its usual

destructiveness,

we have found that fear

can be the starting point

for better things.”

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As Bill Sees It p.22

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Alcohol was the means to disguise fears.

The grandiose egomaniac

who suffered with an inferiority complex

was afraid of just about everything.

Learning from those who have gone before us we

begin to see how irrational many of our fears were.

Serenity and peace of mind are the rewards

for chasing the boogeyman out from under the bed.

The  best chaser, the Twelve Steps.

Recovery is using fear as a starting point for better things.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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https://meandtheboss.com

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False and Unconscious Motivation

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…” we should be grateful

that our friends in psychiatry

have so strongly emphasized

the necessity to search for

false and unconscious motivations.”

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As Bill Sees It p 267

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Doing a thorough moral inventory with

a brain that is on backwards

is like the pot calling the kettle black.

When doing the Fifth Step,

make sure that you do it with a person who has the strength

to ask you to see what part you played in all of your

selfish and self-centered stinking thinking affairs.

Today, and every day, be honest.

Recovery is searching for the false and unconscious motivations.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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https://meandtheboss.com

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Our Very Best

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“I learned that

the temporary

or seeming good

can often be

the deadly enemy

of the permanent best.

When it comes to

survival for A.A.,

nothing short of our very best will be good enough.”

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As Bill Sees It  p.162

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If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.

Change come in two sizes; Good and Bad.

Today,  no knee jerk reactions,

take it to the group conscious,

be patient and willing to listen to all sides of the discussion

and when all else fails, do nothing.

Today, when the situation calls for change,

do your very best to “allow” it to work,

knowing that “making” it work usually requires

a too large a hammer.

Recovery is nothing short of our very best..

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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https://meandtheboss.com

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A Selfish Program

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“I can see why

you are disturbed

to hear some

A.A. speaker say,

‘A.A. is a selfish program.'”

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As Bill Sees It p 81

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You cannot give that which you do not have.

Even though A.A. is a “WE” program, each soul

must protect and assure his own sobriety if he hopes

to share his experience, strength and hope with another.

Today, don’t drink, don’t think, go to a meeting and when you

feel good about your spiritual foundation, share the love,

share the good news that A.A. works,

if you work it.

Recovery is putting your own sobriety first.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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https://meandtheboss.com

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More Gifts

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“Is sobriety all that we are to expect

of a spiritual awakening ?

No, sobriety is only a bare beginning;

it is only the first gift

of the first awakening.

If more gifts are to be received,

our awakening must go on.”

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~ As Bill Sees It ,  p 8

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Does it ever stop ? ?

Hopefully, never.

As long as we don’t  pick up that first drink,

work the steps and follow a few suggestions

the many promises in the big book will come true

and each is usually accompanied by a spiritual awakening.

Today, be grateful and never stop moving forward.

Recovery is more gifts as we continue to go on.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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https://meandtheboss.com

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