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Do Or Die

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“We have succeeded

in confronting many

a problem drinker

with that awful

alternative.

‘This we A.A.’s do,

or we die.'”

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As Bill Sees It   p 322

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For some, a shocking message

may be what was required to bring them

to the realization that drinking poison

was surely going to kill them, eventually,

if not sooner.

As the A. A. message is given in more detail

a better understanding of the disease and its

consequences has proved to the alcoholic that

to drink is to die.

Recovery is to work a program or die.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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The Program

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“Outline the program of action,

explaining how you made

a self appraisal,

how you straightened out

your past

and why you are now

endeavoring to be helpful

to him.”

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BB  p 94

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Keep it simple.

You can tell a drunk but you can’t tell him much.

Cleaned up and with a sparkle in your eye

the drunk may not believe you at first,

that you drank alcoholically,

that booze controlled your life.

Be patient, listen, answer his questions honestly.

Always remember,

it is not how often or how much we drank,

it is what alcohol did to our feelings.

Recovery is working your program.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power.

ME and the Boss

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The Mover

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“You are not a pawn

in the chess game

of life,

you are the mover

of the pieces.”

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~ White Eagle

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If you are a drunk you are a pawn.

Those alcoholics who stop drinking,

work a program of recovery,

learn to become the movers of their own lives.

The daunting task of being responsible is often

a dilemma that leads the alcoholic back to the bottle.

Today, don’t drink, don’t thnk, go to a meeting

and be the mover of you own life.

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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And Change

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“Man needs,

for his happiness,

not only the enjoyment

of this or that,

but hope and enterprise

and change.”

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~ Bertrand Russell

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Change.

The most important word in recovery is change.

My sponsor told me that to achieve sobriety

I only had to change one thing about me

and that one thing was everything.

Most importantly, the fellowship has taught me that

change is the only constant and that change is inevitable.

What I did for my recovery yesterday may not work today

so I need to work my program, go to a meeting and have faith

that my Higher Power, speaking to me through others,

will guide me through another sane and sober day.

Today, go with the flow, know that this too will change,

accept life on God’s terms

and you will be the happier for it.

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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Backwards: Continued

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Alcoholics Anonymous can not

turn the backward brain around,

what AA can do is to give one

the tools to learn a new way

of thinking.

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God, as I understand Him, for me,

is the most important tool in my tool kit.

Without a strong spiritual foundation

the rest of my program would be a house

built of cards.

When I review the ninth step promises (BB p. 54)

the last promise, “that God is doing for us

what we could not do for ourselves”,

has come true for me.

This promise is proof that “I” will get drunk again

and that “We”, God and the fellowship of AA,

will keep me sober.

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ME and the Boss

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This is the second installment of the article

“My Brain Is On Backwards”, subsequent additions

will appear in future posts until the article

reaches its conclusion.

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Transformed

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“Then, in A.A., we

looked and listened.

Everywhere we saw

failure and misery

transformed

by humility

into priceless assets.”

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Twelve and Twelve,  p. 75

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The program of A. A., the Twelve Steps,

is all about change and to see the miracles

that change from hopeless and hapless drunks into

sober citizens of this world makes one grateful

to a God who is willing to do for the drunk

what he could no do for himself.

To let go and let God is the

spiritual foundation for humility.

Today, use your priceless sober assets,

a kind and loving heart,

to make 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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Step Ten

November Lanai 009

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“10.  Continued to take

personal inventory

and when we were wrong

promptly admitted it.”

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BB p 59

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Putting down the drink is not the end of recovering,

it is the beginning of a journey that will last the rest of our lives.

As a part of that daily journey the program suggests that

whenever you have a feeling that is uncomfortable,

a feeling that may lead you to a drink,

you should stop right where you are,

make a thorough assessment of the situation

and when wrong, admit it, and when not wrong,

don’t gloat, just move on and learn from the lesson.

Today, don’t drink, don’t think, go to a meeting

and if you make a mistake, apologize.

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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