Releasing what was never mine to control; Embracing what is mine to enjoy.
Recovery & Gratitude
“Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. . .” (The AA Promises, #9 ) The spiritual life is not a theory. We have to live it.” (AA Big Book, p 83) “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:14)
An Ugly Reality The accusations of gross conduct abound, as do the apologies and denials. Do their numbers startle anyone? People I admire have been accused of dumb and desperate acts, and apologized! And yes, sometimes booze involved . .
Color Me . . . Some mornings the gray outside my home and inside my heart overwhelms and threatens. My get up and go hasn’t arrived, so anxiety sings so loudly, I can’t hear much except a few refrains of
I wanted what alcohol promised but never delivered. Sobriety delivers what alcohol can’t: life and sanity. (The Promises)The first half of my life, it sounded boring. On the contrary, sober living is anything but. When I was drinking, I felt
What are God-Incidences? Many say in the program, there are no coincidences; some say there are many, many God-incidences. In AA we say a “coincidence” is a miracle in which God chooses to remain anonymous.” When I am in my
Tonight I celebrated my anniversary with a roomful of strangers who know me. Any time AA’s get together, I hear practical wisdom – reminders, guidance, and points to ponder that can reset my emotional gauges. Remember the yets – all
Meetings always produce gems – treasures – pearls of wit and wisdom, sometimes tear-streaked, sometimes with belly-laughs. But reminders all that although we are many and varied, our stories are woven from many of the same threads, creating patterns
Meetings are a comfortable place for me to one, admit I missed the memo on many basic life lessons; two, hear better ways of basic living techniques! Two “commands” for recovery I picked up from a friend: Don’t rescue Don’t
Making it through the holidays without drinking was never an option for me – so, my first Christmas sober, was like speaking French in France with very little training or practice. I was not fluent in sobriety — I
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