March 2015 Blog Posts (19)

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I can not emphasize too strongly the point that this man does not go on a spree from

pure deviltry or desire. He often has important engagements or appointments or

decisions to make the following day, to which he has given serious consideration.

The situation cannot be duplicated in what we may call the "normal" or nonalcoholic

drinker, who is accustomed to…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 29, 2015 at 6:48am — No Comments

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Time after time, this apparent calamity has been a boon to us, 

for it opened up a path which led to the discovery of God.



-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 116

 

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Every individual is at once the beneficiary and the victim of the 

linguistic tradition into which he has been born -…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 27, 2015 at 6:17am — No Comments

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For some of us, the idea of substituting “good” for “God” in the Twelve Steps may seem like a watering down of A.A.’s message. But here we must remember that A.A.’s Steps are suggestions only. A belief in them as they stand is not at all a requirement for membership among us. This liberty has made A.A. available to thousands who never would have tried at all had we insisted on the Twelve Steps just as written. But changes in…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 26, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

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To understand something more deeply requires that we be open to the ideas of others, willing to part with our present opinions. The program offers us many opportunities to trade in the understandings we’ve outgrown. Throughout our recovery we have discovered new interpretations of old ideas. And we will continue to expand our understanding.

-- Timeless…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 25, 2015 at 6:10am — No Comments

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"We're all fledglings, learning to fly."

 

Added by mike Callahan on March 23, 2015 at 6:59am — No Comments

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At this point1 the Cleveland Plain Dealer ran a series of pieces that ushered in a new period for Alcoholics Anonymous, the era of mass production of sobriety. Elrick B. Davis, a feature writer of deep understanding, was the author of a series of articles that were printed in the middle of the Plain Dealer’s  editorial page, and these were accompanied every two or three days by red-hot blasts from the editors themselves. In effect…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 22, 2015 at 6:36am — No Comments

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Show him, from your own experience, how the queer mental condition surrounding that first drink prevents normal functioning of the will power. Don’t, at this stage, refer to this book, unless he has seen it and wishes to discuss it. And be careful not to brand him as an alcoholic. Let him draw his own conclusion.

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 20, 2015 at 5:55am — No Comments

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As human beings, every one of us has self-will. The point of Step Three is not to eliminate that will or to stop being human – that would be just another obsession, another form of insanity. Instead, the task is for each of us to let our Higher Power be the director of our will.  If a Higher power directs your will, then that Power will direct your actions. And if that Power directs your actions, then it directs your life, and you can at last…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 17, 2015 at 5:35am — No Comments

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As human beings, every one of us has self-will. The point of Step Three is not to eliminate that will or to stop being human – that would be just another obsession, another form of insanity. Instead, the task is for each of us to let our Higher Power be the director of our will.  If a Higher power directs your will, then that Power will direct your actions. And if that Power directs your actions, then it directs your life, and you can at last…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 15, 2015 at 8:31am — No Comments

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We found many in A.A. who once thought, as we did, that humility was another name for weakness. They helped us to get down to our right size. By their example they showed us that humility and intellect could be compatible, provided we placed humility first. When we began to do that, we received the gift of faith, a faith which works.

 

-- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, page…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 14, 2015 at 6:02am — No Comments

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We found many in A.A. who once thought, as we did, that humility was another name for weakness. They helped us to get down to our right size. By their example they showed us that humility and intellect could be compatible, provided we placed humility first. When we began to do that, we received the gift of faith, a faith which works.

 

-- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, page…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 13, 2015 at 6:13am — No Comments

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The closest the book Alcoholics Anonymous comes to defining alcoholism is “an illness which only a spiritual experience will conquer.” That, for most members of Alcoholics Anonymous, says enough about the nature of their “disease.” And over time, despite occasional excursions into seemingly more promising understandings, most members of Alcoholics Anonymous seem to come back to their Big Book for their ultimate answers to daily living and especially…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 10, 2015 at 8:24am — No Comments

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Here we ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought or a decision. 

We relax and take it easy. We don't struggle. We are often surprised 

how the right answers come after we have tried this for a while. 

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 13

 

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Surrender is the last…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 8, 2015 at 11:14am — No Comments

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It is in deep solitude that I find the gentleness with which I 

can truly love my brothers. The more solitary I am the more 

affection I have for them…. Solitude and silence teach me 

to love my brothers for what they are, not for what they say.



-- Thomas…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 7, 2015 at 6:01am — No Comments

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And the main thing that the human experience of the alcoholic tells him -- certainly in the 1940s but likely also in the 2000s — is that he, or she, does not understand, cannot grasp, what is going on. To an extent probably inconceivable to most who glibly converse about alcoholism, the alcoholic at what A.A. calls “bottom” is terrified. We are taught to value control. To be civilized, to be human, is to be in control, certainly in control of oneself. And we do control much. In…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 5, 2015 at 5:43am — No Comments

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The word God still aroused a certain antipathy. When the thought was expressed that there might be a God personal to me this feeling was intensified. I didn't like the idea. I could go for such conceptions as Creative Intelligence, Universal Mind or Spirit of Nature but I resisted the thought of a Czar of the Heavens, however loving His sway might be. I have since talked with scores of men who felt the same way. My friend suggested what then seemed a…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 4, 2015 at 5:22am — No Comments

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Added by mike Callahan on March 2, 2015 at 6:01am — No Comments

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The chief activator of our defects has been self-centered fear

 – primarily fear that we would lose something we already 

possessed or would fail to get something we demanded.

 

-- Twelve Steps And Twelve Traditions, page…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 1, 2015 at 6:21am — No Comments

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