Tag Archives: Change

Any Which Way

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“We can be grateful for

every agency or method

that tries to solve the

problem of alcoholism –

whether of medicine,

religion, education,

or research.”

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As Bill Sees It,  p 147

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There is a God today, and it is not you or me.

The final judge of a persons sobriety

will be a loving Higher Power

who knows if you are lying or

if you my be just stretching the truth a little bit.

We have not yet been cloned, we are unique individuals

and no matter how an alcoholic stops drinking,

God bless them, and may  they do no harm.

Recovery is great no matter which way you do it.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power.

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Don’t Waste Your Time

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“When you discover a prospect

for Alcoholics Anonymous,

find out all you can about him.

If he does not want to stop drinking,

don’t waste time trying

to persuade him.”

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~  BB     p. 90

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Recovery is for those who want it.

The twelfth step says that to keep your sobriety

you must share it with others, however,

the wisdom of those who have gone before us tells

us that we should not waste our time with a drunk

who does not want to stop drinking.

Today, help yourself, help only those

who want to seek sobriety themselves.

Recovery is helping others, but don’t waste your time.

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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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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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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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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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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