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Tolerance Keeps Us Sober

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“Honesty

with ourselves

and others

gets us sober,

but it is tolerance

that keeps us that way.”

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As Bill Sees It    p 312

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Following the suggestion, we take

an honest moral inventory of ourselves

and we find that we were not nice people.

Be tolerant, do not beat yourself up,

know that recovery is all about change

and once we have cleared the wreckage of the past

we can move on to living a life that is

happy, joyous and free.

Recovery is to be tolerant of ourselves.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power.

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Criticism

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“Thanks much for your

letter of criticism.

I’m certain that had it

not been for its strong

critics A.A. would have

made much slower

progress.”

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As Bill Sees It    p  326

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Just as Bill and A.A. used criticism to grow,

so should the alcoholic who wants be sober.

Do not  fear personal criticism.

God is pointing out to you,

through the voice of that person

who has been there and done that,

that the noted character defect in you

might require some alterations.

Recovery is to use personal criticism to grow.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power.

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To Learn, To Serve And To Love

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“This is why A.A.’s Twelfth Step

urges that we ‘practice these

principles in all our affairs.’

We are not living just

to be sober, we are living

to learn, to serve and to love.”

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As Bill Sees It p 95

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Stopping the drink was the easy part.

God did for me what I could not do for myself.

Learning to grow up, be responsible emotionally,

to learn, to serve, to love, is the really hard part.

Still not there  ?  ?  ? , progress, not perfection.

Recovery is to learn, to serve and to love.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power.

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When I Was A Child

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“When I was a child

I acquired some

of the traits that

had a lot to do with

my insatiable craving

for alcohol.”

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As Bill Sees It p 100

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Inherited, born that way,

before I ever picked up that first drink

I displayed an addictive personality.

Selfish, self-centered, an egomaniac

that suffered with an inferiority complex,

the loner who wanted to isolate, be alone,

push away anyone who loved me

and to kill myself, even if it was to be a long

torturous death attributed to alcoholism.

Work the steps, identify yourself,

learn a new way of thinking and living.

Recovery is clearing the wreckage of the past..

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power.

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Live

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“Usually,

we do not avoid

a place where

there is drinking –

if we have a

legitimate reason

for being there.”

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As Bill Sees It p 77

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Just because you stopped drinking alcohol

does not mean that you must stop living.

Make friends, go dancing with the wife,

attend the functions, just be prepared to

do what you must to avoid any temptation

or mistake that may lead to taking that first drink.

Many a good AA meeting has topics concerning

how to enjoy life without jeopardizing your sobriety.

Today, don’t drink. don’t think

and go to a good meeting.

Recovery is to go on living a better life.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power

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No Debate

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“Fortunately,

A.A. is constructed

so that we need not

debate the existence

of God, but for best

results, most of us

must depend upon a Higher Power.”

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As Bill Sees It    p  73

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Change, what used to be the good old bar room

debate, God or no God, now becomes, for the

recovering alcoholics, a decision to accept or

not accept a Power greater than himself.

However, The Big Book does suggest that

relying on a Higher Power, not will power,

is the easier and softer way to achieving and maintaining

a happy, joyous and free recovery.

Recovery is not having to debate the existence of God.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power

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A.A. Was Not Invented

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“A.A. was not invented!

Its basics were brought

to us through the

experience and wisdom

of many great friends.

We simply borrowed and

adopted their ideas.”

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As Bill Sees It, p 67

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As far as human behavior goes

there is nothing new under the sun.

If it has a name, someone has done it.

Today, you are unique, however, borrowing

the best attributes of others can only improve

your outlook on life and your quality of living.

Recovery is learning from those

who have been there and done that.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power

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