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Self-justification

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...”we need not look far

to see that

self-justification

is a universal destroyer

of harmony and of love.”

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As Bill Sees It p 285

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Self-justification is the same as using a lame excuse.

Egotism to the extreme, I couldn’t be wrong,

it had to be your fault.

You were the wrong color, the wrong religion,

the wrong sex, the wrong whatever

and I was superior to you.

I  could also justify every drink, drug and donut

that I ever ingested.

Today, no excuses.

Recovery is to avoid self-justification.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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Simply Loaded

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“Of course,

my conflicts went

right on mounting,

because I was

simply loaded

with excuses, refusals,

and outright rebellion.”

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As Bill Sees It  p 289

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My disease justified every drink I ever took

because it wanted me to think that it would be OK

to have just one more.

It was never my fault.

You just don’t understand.

There was always an excuse, a justification for every drink,

and for every wrong step I ever took.

Today, be honest.

Recovery is to stop justifying bad behaviors.

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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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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Begin Somewhere

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. . . but if we wished to grow

we had to begin somewhere.

So we used our own

conception, (of God)

how ever limited it was.

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BB p 47

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What a journey.

For the many years that I drank, I was numb and unconscious.

Now, with a clear head, I must look at myself

as I have never before been willing to do.

Fits and starts, questions with answers that made little sense,

now the learning, the spiritual experiences have begun to show me

that I was a sick person, not a bad person.

Today, no excuses, no blame,

just a reliance upon a Higher Power

to direct me towards doing the next right thing.

Recovery is growing in faith.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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A Fellowship

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“We are people who

normally would not mix.

But there exists among us

a fellowship, a friendliness,

and an understanding which is

indescribably wonderful.”

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BB p.17

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One of the many first lessons we learn in AA

is to identify, do not compare.

It is the common feelings shared by alcoholics

that bond them together.

The feelings of being sick and tired of being sick and tired,

the loneliness, the depression

and the desperate feeling of  pending doom

are what most sober alcoholics remember.

Today, don’t concern yourself with how much

or how often we drank, just delight in the though

that in recovery we no longer have to feel that way.

Recovery is to enjoy the fellowship.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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Conformity

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“Indeed,

all of A.A.’s

Twelve Steps require

our sustained and

personal exertion

to conform to their

principles and so,

we trust, to God’s will.”

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As Bill Sees It,  p. 232

Twelve and Twelve,  p. 40

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When it all comes together,

whether you did all of the steps in a day,

a week, a month, a year or more,

you will eventually have that ah ha moment

when you realize that God’s will is simple,

don’t drink alcohol.

The living part, living without the drink

may take a little more thought,

but according to those with long time,

good sobriety, it is really quite simple;

don’t drink, go to meetings

and help another alcoholic.

Today, keep it simple.

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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