July 2011 Blog Posts (33)

Silence

Your 'Silence' recovery quote came to me this morning. I was up two hours before..... because I like the 'peace' and 'silence' of the early morning before my two teens wake up with all of their attending 'beings', 'awarenesses', 'talkings', 'concerns', 'needs and wants', 'creative outpourings', 'bickerings' and so much more. This morning was made even more special by a way too short thunderstorm... could have used more of that sound. Thank you Michael Callahan!! As always your quotes never…

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Added by Elizabeth Janapol on July 31, 2011 at 7:43am — No Comments

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Dear Evelyn,

 

Have you noticed that Silence seems to be in harmony with everything?  It neither judges nor agrees with life, neither rejects nor clings to experience, has no “I” to tell it what it should or should not allow, and does not seem to pay much attention to anyone’s inner narrative--the “virtual” reality of thought.  It seems to hold no preference for classical music or rap music, for birds singing or jackhammers pounding. It seems to equally embrace all creatures,…

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Added by mike Callahan on July 31, 2011 at 7:03am — No Comments

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For Today --



We are going to know a new freedom

and a new happiness.



-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 83

 

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I’m not offended by missions

I’m not offended by witnesses

who assume righteousness

on the way to discovering

the natural and divine



(the natural and divine

will never wear a robe

or pretend answers

and authority)



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Added by mike Callahan on July 30, 2011 at 8:33am — No Comments

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July 29

Delaying the Delight

There is a Buddhist saying, "When love meets happiness, there is joy." When you live in the here and now, joy has a clear path for expression. When you attempt to get somewhere or achieve something for your happiness, you…

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Added by mike Callahan on July 29, 2011 at 9:52am — No Comments

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Some drinkers have excuses with which they are satisfied part of 

the time. But in their hearts they really do not know why they do it. 

Once this malady has a real hold, they are a baffled lot. There is 

the obsession that somehow, someday, they will beat the game. 

But they often suspect they are down for the count.



-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page…
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Added by mike Callahan on July 29, 2011 at 6:09am — No Comments

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(c) That God could and would if he were sought.



-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 60

 

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The idea that an individual can find God is terribly 

self-centered. It is like a wave thinking it can find 

the sea. 



-- John…
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Added by mike Callahan on July 28, 2011 at 6:27am — No Comments

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Selfishness - self-centeredness! That, we think, is 

the root of our troubles.



-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 62

 

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Kit knew the end was coming. He wondered if he'd 

hear the doctor pronounce him dead, or if he'd be 

able to read what the papers would say about him 

the next day, from the other side.…
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Added by mike Callahan on July 27, 2011 at 6:34am — No Comments

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You are going to meet these new friends in your own community. 

Near you, alcoholics are dying helplessly like people in a sinking 

ship. If you live in a large place, there are hundreds. High and low, 

rich and poor, these are future fellows of Alcoholics Anonymous. 

Among them you will make lifelong friends. You will be bound to 

them with new and wonderful ties, for you will escape disaster 

together and you…
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Added by mike Callahan on July 26, 2011 at 6:07am — No Comments

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Those having religious affiliations will find here nothing 

disturbing to their beliefs or ceremonies. There is no 

friction among us over such matters. 



-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 28



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Do not argue with the People of the Book unless it is in 

the politest manner, except for…
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Added by mike Callahan on July 25, 2011 at 6:27am — No Comments

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Betwixt me and Thee there lingers an "it is I" that torments me.

Ah, of Thy grace, take this "I" from between us!

I am He whom I love, and He whom I love is I,

We are two spirits dwelling in one body.

If thou seest Him, thou seest us both.



-- From Primitives to…
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Added by mike Callahan on July 24, 2011 at 7:23am — No Comments

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We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. 

We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. 

We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace.

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, pages 83, 84

 

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In a car you're always in a compartment, and because…
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Added by mike Callahan on July 23, 2011 at 6:46am — No Comments

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Our book is meant to be suggestive only. We realize we know 

only a little. God will constantly disclose more to you and to us.



-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 164



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...when we finally know we are dying, and all other sentient 

beings…
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Added by mike Callahan on July 21, 2011 at 10:41pm — No Comments

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We crucify ourselves between two thieves: regret for

yesterday and fear of tomorrow.



-- Fulton Oursler

 

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Sometimes, I wished I could fall asleep and be taken

off to some magical land, but this never happened.



-- Holly Sargis, Badlands



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How could we escape? We saw that these… Continue

Added by mike Callahan on July 20, 2011 at 9:49pm — No Comments

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A new life has been given us or, if you prefer,

"a design for living" that really works.



-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 28

 

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First of all you have to want it, don’t you?  You

have to be able to see the difference between

the pain that you are in and the apparent joy

that this association is experiencing.  

 

-- A Course In… Continue

Added by mike Callahan on July 20, 2011 at 6:20am — No Comments

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And sometimes Clarence asks me what I would have done if he

had died, if that bullet had been two inches more to the left. To

this, I always smile, as if I'm not going to satisfy him with a

response. But I always do. I tell him of how I would want to die,

but that the anguish and the want of death would fade like the

stars at dawn, and that things would be much as they are now.

 

-- Alabama Whitman, True… Continue

Added by mike Callahan on July 19, 2011 at 6:19am — No Comments

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Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the

care of God as we understood Him.

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 59

 

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To place a situation in the hands of God is to place our

thinking in the hands of God. It means we're asking His

Spirit to enter our minds and guide our perceptions.

 

-- Marianne… Continue

Added by mike Callahan on July 17, 2011 at 9:35pm — 1 Comment

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What sort of thinking dominates an alcoholic who repeats time after

time the desperate experiment of the first drink? Friends who have

reasoned with him after a spree which has brought him to the point

of divorce or bankruptcy are mystified when he walks directly into a

saloon. Why does he? Of what is he thinking?



-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page… Continue

Added by mike Callahan on July 17, 2011 at 10:59am — 1 Comment

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Until now, our lives have been largely devoted to running 

from pain and problems. We fled from them as from a 

plague. We never wanted to deal with the fact of 

suffering. Escape via the bottle was always our solution. 

 

-- Twelve Steps And Twelve Traditions, page 74

 

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With pain that cannot… Continue

Added by mike Callahan on July 16, 2011 at 7:31am — No Comments

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But there was always the curious mental phenomenon that 

parallel with our sound reasoning there inevitably ran some 

insanely trivial excuse for taking the first drink. 

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 37

 

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I argued that physical discomfort is important only when 

the mood is wrong. Then…
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Added by mike Callahan on July 15, 2011 at 6:23am — No Comments

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I was off again. Everyone became resigned to the certainty 

that I would have to be shut up somewhere, or would stumble 

along to a miserable end. How dark it is before the dawn! 

In reality that was the beginning of my last debauch.



-- Bill’s Story, Alcoholics Anonymous, page 8

 

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Doubt,…
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Added by mike Callahan on July 14, 2011 at 6:15am — No Comments

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