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Cross The Street

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“If you see

crazy coming,

cross the street.”

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~ Iyanla Vanzant

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Let us assume that if you are reading this

you are not crazy.

Crazy is being stuck in la la land,

out there somewhere

where the word  ‘reality‘  has no meaning.

Today, do not get stuck on the wrong side of the street,

, seek your guidance from a loving Higher Power

and continue to trudge the road towards a destiny

that is happy, joyous and free.

Recovery is to keep on moving.

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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Without Comparing

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“Enjoy your own life

without comparing it

with that of another.”

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~ Marquis de Condorcet

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People who value feelings, love, kindness,

and contentment, have everything in life,

while many who possess the things,

the toys with all of the bells and whistles,

may be miserable souls who do not know

happy, joyous and free, real enjoyment.

Today, be a friend, do not compare the outsides,

identify with what is in the friends heart.

Today, seek you own happiness first,

then share the love.

Recovery is your own, no comparing.

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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As I Am

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“Reassured that

I am no longer

always wrong,

I learn to accept myself

as I am, with a new sense

of sobriety and serenity.”

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Daily Reflections,     p. 303

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The grandiose egomaniac that suffers

with an inferiority complex doesn’t care

if he is right or wrong, he just wants to be left alone

so he can drink in peace.

Besides not drinking, one of the goals of sobriety

is to find ones self-esteem and to become a

productive member of society.

The happy recovering drunk will be glad to tell you

that once he accepted himself as being the person

his Higher Power wanted him to be

a new sense of peace of mind and serenity was his.

Today, I’m O.K., your O.K., and in sobriety

we can enjoy a life that is happy, joyous and free.

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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Happy, Joyous, and Free

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“But why shouldn’t we laugh?

We have recovered,

and have been given

the power to help others.

. . . We are sure God wants us

to be happy, joyous, and free.”

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BB,   p. 132 & 133

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As a drunk I laughed at racial, ethnic, sexist,

and regional ( read Bubba) jokes because I was trying

to put others down so I could get my self-esteem

up out of the gutter.

Today I laugh at me because the program of A. A.

has given me the ability to be honest about how

many bad mistakes I made while drinking.

Sad but true and enough to make a grown person cry

however, I have cried enough and sobriety has taught me

how to get over it and to laugh at the past.

Today, laugh with someone,  not at someone.

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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For His Inspection

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“Never talk down

to an alcoholic

from any moral

or spiritual hilltop;

simply lay out the kit

of spiritual tools

for his inspection.”

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BB p 95

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This is how they worked with me.

They suggested that I work the Steps,

honestly, open-minded and willingly,

and allow a Higher Power do for me

what I could not do for myself.

No preaching, no teaching, just a brief

explanation that shows what it was like,

what happened and what it is like now

and if the newcomer likes what he sees

let him begin his own journey to recovery.

Today, be at the meeting

to show the newcomer that it works.

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 Illness

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“Alcoholism, not cancer,

was my illness,

but what was the difference.

Alcoholism took longer

to do the killing,

but the result was the same.”

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As Bill Sees It,   p. 194

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The DSM -5* gives the criteria for what constitutes

a disease and alcoholism meets all of the criteria.

For most diseases, just like alcoholism, there is no cure

only remission and for those who follow the suggestions

and work the Twelve Steps, remission is possible.

Today, don’t become a statistic on the disease side of the ledger,

don’t drink, go to a meeting, help another alcoholic

and become a recovering statistic that is happy, joyous, free

and more than glad to share their experience, strength and hope.

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 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition

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