April 2011 Blog Posts (40)

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A pile of wisdom and experience is packed into the Twelve Steps. I have even compared 

the inspired forty minutes during which those steps were given to the Founder, to the Ten 

Tables of Law that were given to Moses on Mt. Sinai.  Many skeptical folk are inclined to say,

"Oh, this is a gathering of previous experience; it didn't come all at once like that."  I have 

no doubt about the previous…
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Added by mike Callahan on April 30, 2011 at 7:42am — No Comments

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We "constructively criticized" someone who needed it, when 

our real motive was to win a useless argument. Or, the 

person concerned not being present, we thought we were 

helping others to understand him, when in actuality our true 

motive was to feel superior by pulling him down. We sometimes 

hurt those we love because they need to be "taught a lesson," 

when we really want to punish. 

 

-- Twelve Steps And Twelve Traditions,… Continue

Added by mike Callahan on April 29, 2011 at 6:58am — No Comments

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Though our decision was a vital and crucial step, it could have 

little permanent effect unless at once followed by a strenuous 

effort to face, and to be rid of, the things in ourselves which 

had been blocking us. Our liquor was but a symptom. 



-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 64

 

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Disease is an experience… Continue

Added by mike Callahan on April 28, 2011 at 6:58am — No Comments

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Good info to pass on to a friend.

Have a great moment.

Mike Callahan

 

 

 

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Added by mike Callahan on April 27, 2011 at 11:08am — No Comments

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Sometimes, when friends tell us how well we are doing, we know better inside. 

We know we aren't doing well enough. We still can't handle life, as life is. There 

must be a serious flaw somewhere in our spiritual practice and development.



What, then, is it?



The chances are better than even that we shall locate our trouble in our mis-

understanding or neglect of A.A.'s Step Eleven--prayer, meditation, and the 

guidance of God.



The other Steps…
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Though he is now a most effective member of Alcoholics Anonymous, 

he still smokes and drinks coffee, but neither his wife nor anyone else 

stands in judgment. 



-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 135 



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A dear old friend of mine used to say with the truest… Continue

Added by mike Callahan on April 26, 2011 at 7:28am — No Comments

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.... it is not probable that we are going to be inspired at all times. We 

might pay for this presumption in all sorts of absurd actions and ideas.



-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 87

 

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What shall I do with this absurdity - O heart, O troubled heart - this 

caricature, Decrepit age that has been tied…
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Added by mike Callahan on April 25, 2011 at 6:31am — No Comments

Sunday Morning Closing Meeting at the San Diego Spring Round Up

Whoa, what a Round Up! Incredible energy, community and connection. Yesterday, Jeniifer H.K., from Plano, Texas gave one of the best, if not THE best pitches in AA I have EVER heard. She is a true gift from HP, sharing her 'experience, strength and hope' (and lots of wit), while modeling recovery and the value of community to an SRO crowd at the Town and County Hotel.

For pitch from Jennifer at the Singles In Sobriety…

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Added by Gregg M. on April 24, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

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The boaster sees nothing but himself, having a veil of conceit 

before his eyes. If he were endowed with an eye capable of 

discerning God, he would not discern any person weaker 

than himself.



-- Saadi

 

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He should concentrate on his own spiritual demonstration. 

Argument and fault-finding are to be avoided…
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Added by mike Callahan on April 24, 2011 at 6:59am — No Comments

Saturday at the San Diego Spring Round Up

San Diego Spring Round Up 2011

 

Waiting on the Al-anon luncheon speaker.…

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Added by Gregg M. on April 23, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

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Yet it is true that our first printing gave many readers the impression

that these personality changes, or religious experiences, must be in

the nature of sudden and spectacular upheavals. Happily for everyone,

this conclusion is erroneous. In the first few chapters a number of

sudden revolutionary changes are described. Though it was not our

intention to create such an impression, many alcoholics have

nevertheless concluded that in order… Continue

Added by mike Callahan on April 23, 2011 at 7:16am — No Comments

34th Annual San Diego Spring Round Up

At the opening Al-anon meeting at Round Up. Sitting in main ballroom, listening to intros, getting ready for a meeting!

Reading: March 25th | The Courage To Change

'I came to AlAnon confused about what was and was not my responsibility. Today after lots of Step work, I believe I am responsible for the following: to be loyal to my values, to please myself first, to keep an open mind,…

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Added by Gregg M. on April 22, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

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Most new discoveries are suddenly-seen things that were 

always there. A new idea is a light that illuminates 

presences which simply had no form before the light fell 

on them.



-- Susan Langer



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We should every night call ourselves to an…
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Added by mike Callahan on April 22, 2011 at 7:07am — No Comments

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Bill,

I wanted to take a moment to let you know that last night we lost the second 1/2 of a legacy. Charlie Parmley passed away last night about midnight after suffering a massive heart attack.

He and Joe McQ. and Joe McC. touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. His understanding of  the Big Book, and his way of interpreting it in a way an average drunk could understand it was amazing. They say that when the student is ready... the teacher will…
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Added by mike Callahan on April 22, 2011 at 7:03am — No Comments

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Love and Being in Love: Love is in our mind and is fueled by chemicals 

and chemistry. New love produces the chemistry in love we all seek.

Throughout history, mankind has deemed the heart the center of love. 

But some scientists tell us love is all in our mind or brain. And fueled by 

chemicals and chemistry.

Some people become veritable love junkies. They need chemistry or 

this chemical excitement to feel…
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Added by mike Callahan on April 21, 2011 at 6:58am — No Comments

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For Today –

 

Nothing pays off like restraint of tongue and pen. 

 

-- Twelve Steps And Twelve Traditions, page 91

 

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You never saw a fish on the wall with its mouth shut.



-- Sally…
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Added by mike Callahan on April 20, 2011 at 6:48am — No Comments

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I ruthlessly faced my sins and became willing to have my 

new-found friend take them away, root and branch.

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 84

 

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“God comes through the wound”: Our very imperfection—

what religion labels our “sins,” what therapy calls our 

“sickness,” what…
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Added by mike Callahan on April 19, 2011 at 7:14am — No Comments

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For Today –

 

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… Continue

Added by mike Callahan on April 18, 2011 at 10:23am — No Comments

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In three brief lines Dante says that the journey begins right here. 

In the middle of the road. Right beneath your feet. This is the place. 

There is no other place and no other time. Even if you are successful 

and follow the road you have set yourself, you can never leave here. 

Despite everything you have achieved, life refuses to grant you, 

and always will refuse to grant you, immunity from…
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Added by mike Callahan on April 17, 2011 at 8:50am — No Comments

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The compassion we feel toward friends and family is usually 

mixed with clinging. We want the best for them, but our wish 

is colored by jealousy, attachment, or fear. Clinging makes 

it hard to be straightforward in our compassion. We're still 

thinking of ourselves. We want someone's suffering to go 

away because it is inconvenient for us, it scares us, or it 

causes us personal…
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Added by mike Callahan on April 15, 2011 at 7:04am — No Comments

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