September 2014 Blog Posts (29)

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So I’m better off if I don’t give advise, don’t figure I know what’s best, and

just accept life on life’s terms, as it is today – especially my own life, as it

actually is. 

 

-- DOCTOR, ALCOHOLIC, ADDICT, Alcoholic Anonymous - 3rd edition  

  (Acceptance Was The Answer –…

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Added by mike Callahan on September 30, 2014 at 7:37am — No Comments

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It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not 

be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but 

do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your 

enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.



-- Sun…

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Added by mike Callahan on September 29, 2014 at 7:08am — No Comments

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Shakespeare said, "All the world's a stage, all the men and women merely players."

He forgot to mention that I was the chief critic. I was always able to see the flaw in

every person, every situation. And I was always glad to point it out, because I knew

you wanted perfection, just as I did.  A.A. and acceptance  has taught me that there

is a bit of good in the worst of us…

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Added by mike Callahan on September 28, 2014 at 6:51am — No Comments

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And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed,

it is because I find some person, place, thing or situation -- some fact of my life –

unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place,

thing or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.

Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God's world…

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Added by mike Callahan on September 27, 2014 at 7:43am — No Comments

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The key to my serenity is acceptance. But "acceptance" does not mean that

I have to like it, condone it, or even ignore it. Nor does it mean that I have to

accept "unacceptable behavior." Today I have choices. I no longer have to

accept abuse in any form. I can choose to walk away, even if it means

stepping out into the unknown. I no longer have to fear "change" or…

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Added by mike Callahan on September 26, 2014 at 5:26am — No Comments

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It has often been said of A.A. that we are interested only in alcoholism.

That is not true. We have to get over drinking in order to stay alive. But

anyone who knows the alcoholic personality by firsthand contact knows

that no true alky ever stops drinking permanently without undergoing

a profound personality change.

-- As Bill Sees…

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Added by mike Callahan on September 25, 2014 at 5:29am — No Comments

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And we have ceased fighting anything or anyone - even alcohol.  For

by this time sanity will have returned. We will seldom be interested

in liquor. If tempted, we recoil from it as from a hot flame. We react

sanely and normally, and we will find that this has happened

automatically. We will see that our new attitude toward liquor has

been given us without any…

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Added by mike Callahan on September 24, 2014 at 6:22am — No Comments

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If we were to live, we had to be free of anger. The grouch and the

brainstorm were not for us. They may be the dubious luxury of

normal men, but for alcoholics these things are poison.

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page…

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Added by mike Callahan on September 23, 2014 at 7:27am — No Comments

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When the Big Book was first published in 1939, the people in the Alcoholics Anonymous

fellowship practiced and worked the recovery program in the book. What the book said

and what AA members did were the same.  Over the past fifty-some years, the Big Book

has changed very little, and its most important sections have remained the same. But

the AA fellowship and the other…

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Added by mike Callahan on September 22, 2014 at 7:14am — No Comments

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Perhaps more often than we think, we make no contact at depth with

alcoholics who are suffering the dilemma of no faith.

 

Certainly none are more sensitive to spiritual cocksureness, pride, and

aggression than they are.  I'm sure this is something we too often forget.

 

In A.A.'s first years, I all but ruined the whole undertaking with…

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Added by mike Callahan on September 21, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

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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…

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Added by mike Callahan on September 20, 2014 at 6:12am — No Comments

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Grandiosity permeates widely throughout the reactions of the alcoholic.

Differing from defiance -- which seems almost uniquely structuralized in

the psyche of the alcoholic -- grandiosity springs from the persisting

infantile ego. As in other neurotic states, grandiosity characteristically

fills a person with feelings of omnipotence, demands for…

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Added by mike Callahan on September 19, 2014 at 5:14am — No Comments

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It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels.

We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe. We are not

cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve based on the

maintenance of our spiritual condition.

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page…

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Added by mike Callahan on September 18, 2014 at 8:12am — No Comments

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We began to see that the world and its people really 

dominated us. In that state, the wrong-doing of others, 

fancied or real, had power to actually kill. 

How could we escape?



-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 66



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To become the spectator…

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Added by mike Callahan on September 17, 2014 at 5:43am — No Comments

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Since the home has suffered more than anything else, it is well 

that a man exert himself there. He is not likely to get far in any 

direction if he fails to show unselfishness and love under his 

own roof. We know there are difficult wives and families, but 

the man who is  getting over alcoholism must remember he 

did much to make them so.



-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page…

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Added by mike Callahan on September 16, 2014 at 5:35am — No Comments

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Now I was to plunge into the dark, joining that endless 

procession of sots who had gone on before. 



-- Alcoholics Anonymous, BILL’S STORY, page 8

 

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It's better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.    

 

-- Chinese…

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Added by mike Callahan on September 15, 2014 at 6:03am — No Comments

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When we became alcoholics, crushed by a self-imposed crises we could not

postpone or evade, we had to fearlessly face the proposition that either God

is everything or else He is nothing. God either is, or He isn't. What was our

choice to be?

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page…

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Added by mike Callahan on September 14, 2014 at 6:35am — No Comments

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Above us floats a banner on which is inscribed the new 

symbol for A.A., a circle enclosing a triangle. The circle 

stands for the whole world of A.A., and the triangle stands 

for A.A.’s Three Legacies of Recovery, Unity, and Service. 

Within our wonderful new world, we have found freedom 

from our fatal obsession. That we have chose this particular 

symbol is perhaps no accident. The priests and seers…

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Added by mike Callahan on September 13, 2014 at 6:36am — No Comments

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Being still inexperienced and having just made conscious 

contact with God, 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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An empty stomach is…

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Added by mike Callahan on September 12, 2014 at 6:36am — No Comments

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I grew up thinking that I had to perfect my personality, then I got 

into AA, and AA said, no, that isn't the way we do it: only God can 

remove our defects. I was amazed to find that I couldn't be a 

better person simply by trying harder! 

 

-- Interview With Dr.Paul O., AAGrapevine, July…

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