Tag Archives: guilt

First The Pain

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” … pain was the touchstone

of all spiritual progress …

for we know that

the pains of drinking

had to come before sobriety,

and emotional turmoil

before serenity.”

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Twelve and Twelve,   pp. 93 & 94

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Why do so many show up in the rooms of A.A. ,

most will tell you that they were sick and tired

of being sick and tired.

When the pain of the guilt and shame is sufficient,

those that truly seek to understand their lot

will be blessed if they can find the fellowship

and following their suggestions,

find a way that may not be easier and softer

but is definitely more rewarding.

What keeps them sober,

not wanting to return to the pain,

to be able to continue the spiritual path

that allows them to enjoy a life

filled with serenity and peace of mind.

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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Dear Doctor

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“Psychologists are

inclined to agree

with us.    …

We know but few instances

where we have given

these doctors a fair break.

We have seldom told them

the whole truth nor have we followed their advice.”

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BB   p 73

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Dear Doctor, I lied.

I was ashamed and embarrassed,

I myself could not face the truth.

The disease has it’s own language, it’s own arguments,

it’s own power to warp the mind of the affected.

Honesty, open-mindedness and willingness

as learned by working the steps

gives the alcoholic a new life,

a life that is allowed the affected to listen

to the sage advice of the learned Doctor.

Today, work the steps, go to a meeting,

get over the guilt and shame and be

the honest sober person your Higher Power

expects you to be.

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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Personal Affronts

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What were seemingly

impersonal acts,

were really

personal affronts,

because it was people

– people of worth –

whom I had harmed.

I need to do something

about the people I have hurt

so that I may enjoy a peaceful sobriety.”

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Daily Reflections, p. 231

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When the selfish and self-centered drunk

was dancing to the tune of Lord Alcohol

he never considered whose toes he was stepping upon

as long as he had the drink to calm his nerves.

Whether you knew their names or not, whether you

danced with them only once or danced with them every day,

the toes you stepped upon need an apology.

The best part of the sober dance

is that no one gets stepped upon

and life becomes happy, joyous and free

of guilt, shame and sore toes.

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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Subtle Harms

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“Such gross misbehavior

is not by any means

a full catalogue

of the harms we do.

Let us think of some of

the subtler ones which

can sometimes be

quite damaging.”

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Twelve and Twelve,   p. 81

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As it goes on to explain in the Twelve and Twelve

“We happened to be miserly, irresponsible, callous, or cold.”

And the list goes on, not just the major lying, cheating and stealing,

but mostly the selfish, self-centered, arrogant attitude of the drunk

that pushes away anyone who loves them.

The drunk becomes isolated and alone,

the way the disease wants them,

so that they can kill themselves without guilt and shame.

Today, to find peace of mind,

be thorough and honest as you work the steps.

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 Solver

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“We have elsewhere remarked

how much better life is

when lived on a spiritual plane.

If God can solve the age-old

riddle of alcoholism,

He can solve your problems too.”

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BB,   p. 116

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The most awesome thing about the twelve step program

is that it not only helps the alcoholic stop drinking

it also helps him develop a new manner of living

which is happy, joyous and free

from guilt, shame and remorse.

God and/or a Higher Power of your understanding

will gladly take your problems,

help you put them into a proper perspective

and gladly give you the strength and courage

to get through whatever you think the problem may be.

Faith, you were put into this world to make things

happier, brighter and better,

because you cared.

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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My Secrets

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“But I can

neither love

nor be loved

if I allow

my secrets

to get in the way.”

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Daily Reflections p 130

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Our secrets will kill us by way of drinking again

because we want to hide the feelings of guilt and shame

caused by our actions or neglect.

Do Step Four, list the undesirable actions.

Do Step Five, tell God and another human being.

No secrets, no guilt and shame, no reason to drink again.

Follow the suggested program of recovery;

do the Steps and remove the mental reason to drink,

do the Steps and have God remove the physical reason to drink

and have faith that not drinking

will put you on the spiritual path that leads to love.

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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AA Freedoms

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“We trust that we already know

what our several freedoms truly are;

that no future generation of AAs

will ever feel compelled

to limit them.

Our AA freedoms create

the soil in which

genuine love can grow …”

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The Language of the Heart p 303

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Freedom from fear, from self-will, from want,

from guilt, shame and embarrassment.

Freedom is the release from the

obsession and compulsion to harm ourselves

with addictions and bad habits.

Freedom is letting go,

freedom is allowing the Spirit to guide you.

Today, be free, allow others to have their freedom

and be the person your Higher Power

wants you to be.

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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