Tag Archives: compulsion

A Longing Of The Soul

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“Prayer is not asking.

It is a longing

of the soul.

It is daily admission

of one’s weakness.

It is better in prayer

to have a heart without words

than words without a heart.”

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~ Mahatma Gandhi

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Today I am sober, by the grace of God.

It was from the heart, a longing of my soul,  when I begged,

I pleaded, I cried out to a power higher than myself to

relieve me of the compulsion and obsession to drink alcohol.

God answers all prayers in God’s time and in a way

that He deems to be appropriate and His way has

turned out to always be the best way.

Every thought is a prayer so make it from the heart.

Be kind, be loving, be the person who makes this world

a better place for all.

Recovery is one day at a time.

Sobriety is a blessing from our Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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And, if no one has told you yet today,

God loves you and so do we.

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Better Than A Dream

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“You know

you’re in love

when you can’t

fall asleep

because reality

is finally better

than your dreams.”

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~ Dr. Seuss

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From the nightmare of active alcoholism to

a release from the obsession and compulsion,

life has become for those that have a program of  recovery

a life that is beyond our wildest dreams.

Reality becomes a state of mind that is wholly grasped

and enjoyed because all of its components are positive.

Unconditional love and faith become the bedrock

of a spiritual life that is better than any dream.

Today, don’t drink, don’t think and enjoy the dreams.

Recovery is one day at a time.

Sobriety is a blessing from our Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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And, if no one has told you yet today,

God loves you and so do we.

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The Daily Discipline

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“The daily discipline

of prayer and meditation

will keep me in fit

spiritual condition,

able to face whatever

the day brings –

without the thought of a drink.”

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Daily Reflections,  p. 317

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What a wonderful way to begin the day,

instead of  waking up under that cloud of alcoholic smog

and worrying about when and where

I would get my next drink,

I now awaken to a routine that puts me

in closer contact to my Higher Power,

a daily discipline that brings sunshine into my life.

Today, be happy, joyous and free,

pray for guidance from the God of your understanding

and meditate, listen for His advice,

which is always to do the next right thing.

Recovery is one day at a time.

Sobriety is a blessing from our Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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And, if no one has told you yet today,

God loves you and so do we.

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The Practice Of Prayer

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“As the practice

of prayer continues,

I will find I don’t

need words,

for God can, and does,

hear my thoughts

through silence.”

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Daily Reflections, p.322

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Every thought is a prayer.

Silence is God’s opportunity to talk.

One of the benefits of sobriety

and of working the Twelve Steps of A. A.

is a discipline that allows one to practice

those things that improve one’s life.

Today, know that there is no right way to pray

and it is only by practice that you may discover

a way of praying that will be just right for you.

Recovery is one day at a time.

Sobriety is a blessing from our Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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And, if no one has told you yet today,

God loves you and so do we.

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An Individual Adventure

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“Meditation is something

which can always

be further developed.

It is essentially

an individual adventure,

something which each

one of us works out

in his own way.”

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Twelve and Twelve,  p. 101

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All of recovery is an individual adventure.

We can identify but we are careful never to compare

our recovery, our prayers, our meditation or our lives

to others in the fellowship.

We listen to the stories of many

and then we take what we need for todays recovery

and leave the rest at the meeting knowing that tomorrow,

God willing, we will be at another meeting,

read some A. A. literature, talk with another alcoholic

and begin the adventure all over again.

When I stop growing you can feed me to the fishes.

Recovery is one day at a time.

Sobriety is a blessing from our Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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And, if no one has told you yet today,

God loves you and so do we.

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Promise #12

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“We will suddenly realize

that God is doing for us

what we could not do

for ourselves.”

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Big Book,  p. 84

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Better know as the Ninth Step promises,

it is understood that the sooner one works the steps,

honestly and to the best of their abilities,

the sooner the promises begin to come true.

When one realizes that the obsession and compulsion

to drink has been removed it is the beginning of sober life

that relies on a faith,  to trust that a Higher Power

who could relieve our alcoholism could and would,

if He were sought,

do many more things in our lives.

That by not drinking we will be restored to sane thinking

and He will show us a serene and peaceful way of living.

Today, let go and let God.

Recovery is one day at a time.

Sobriety is a blessing from our Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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And, if no one has told you yet today,

God loves you and so do we.

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His Own Conclusion

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“And be careful

not to brand him

as an alcoholic.

Let him draw

his own conclusion.”

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Big Book,  p. 92

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You can tell an alcoholic,

but you can’t tell him much.

No one wants to admit to being an alcoholic

and it may take some time

and a few hints or suggestions before

an individual may be willing to admit

that he is an alcoholic.

Don’t push , even though it may be apparent

that your new friend may have a problem,

tell him your story, plant the seed,

and pray.

Some will die so that others may live.

Recovery is one day at a time.

Sobriety is a blessing from our Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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And, if no one has told you yet today,

God loves you and so do we.

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