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Qualities We Shall Need

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“Good judgement,

a careful sense of timing

courage, and prudence

these are the qualities

we shall need when

we take Step Nine.”

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12 & 12, p 83

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The willingness was in Step Eight,

now the suggestion is just do it,

whenever possible, make amends

to those we have harmed.

Amends, means to change

and when we make an amends it is necessary

to show that we have not just stopped drinking,

that our attitude and outlook on life has changed

and hopefully we have grown up.

Remember, sorry doesn’t cut it.

Recovery is working and living the Steps.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power

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The A.A. Message

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. . . “ our Society has concluded

that it has but one high mission

– to carry the A.A. message

to those who don’t know

there’s a way out.”

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~ 12 & 12,  p. 151

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I cannot keep it until I give it away.

This paradox was not the easiest for a

self-centered, self-serving drunk

to understand.

I never, ever, gave anything away,

especially for free.

A.A. has taught me that for me to enjoy my sobriety

I had to give freely of my experience, strength and hope

with other alcoholics, those who want it.

Recovery is to carry the A.A. message.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power.

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The Unity

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The unity

of Alcoholics Anonymous

is the most cherished quality

our Society has. . . .

We stay whole,

or A.A. dies.”

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~ 12 & 12, p. 129

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Unity, principles before personalities, that as an alcoholic

we can stay sober only by helping anyone who wants help.

Some have recovered for a hopeless state of mind, however,

we need to be reminded that science has yet to discover

a cure for alcoholism and the only way one can maintain

their sanity, their peace of mind, their serenity

is by helping the alcoholic sitting beside him

who also wants what he has.

Recovery in AA is a we thing.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power.

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Instincts

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” He did not design man

to destroy himself

by alcohol,

but He did give man

instincts to help

him stay alive.”

12 & 12, p. 35

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The disease of Alcoholism wants me to isolate,

be  alone, to push away anyone who loves me

and to kill myself.

This negative drive is opposite of normal human instincts

and I must be grateful to Alcoholics Anonymous

and their Big Book which has shown me

how sick I really am.

Today, be spiritual, work a program of recovery

that will prevent your disease from warping your instincts.

Recovery is understand one’s natural instincts.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power.

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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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