October 2011 Blog Posts (32)

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Alcoholics Anonymous is where many of us alcoholics begin to grow up for the first time. We learn to face the world as it really is and to take responsibility for our actions. We deal with our feelings and share honestly about our experiences. We learn about ourselves and nurture our spiritual growth and our physical and mental well-being.  We become responsible adults.



 



An important part of the serious business of recovery involves recognizing our need to have fun - to take… Continue

Added by mike Callahan on October 31, 2011 at 6:52am — No Comments

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It's been my experience that we are all on the path. Some are little 

further down the road than others, but we are all on it. If I pick what 

I will or won't participate in I will never grow much because I will make 

sure I am not uncomfortable, therefore I won't grow through anything. 

Maybe I need to feel superior so I can experience the pain of being self-

righteous and correct.  

Maybe I need to be on the…
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No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect 

adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is, 

that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines.

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 60   

 

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Spirituality begins…
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Added by mike Callahan on October 29, 2011 at 6:11am — No Comments

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Our behavior will convince them more than our words. We must 

remember that ten or twenty years of  drunkenness would make 

a skeptic out of anyone.

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 83

 

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People have generally three epochs in their confidence in man. 

In the first they believe him to be everything…
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Added by mike Callahan on October 28, 2011 at 6:44am — No Comments

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I woke up. This had to be stopped. I saw I could not take so much 

as one drink. I was through forever. Before then, I had written lots 

of sweet promises, but my wife happily observed that this time I 

meant business. And so I did.

    Shortly afterward I came home drunk. There had been no fight. 

Where had been my high resolve? I simply didn't know. It hadn't 

even come to mind. Someone had…
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I was to test my thinking by the new God-consciousness 

within. Common sense would thus become uncommon 

sense. I was to sit quietly when in doubt, asking only 

for direction and strength to meet my problems as 

He would have me.

 

-- Bill’s Story, Alcoholics Anonymous, page… Continue

Added by mike Callahan on October 26, 2011 at 6:22am — No Comments

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Before A.A., I judged myself by my intentions, while 

the world was judging me by my actions.

 

-- DOCTOR, ALCOHOLIC, ADDICT, Alcoholics Anonymous, page 449 (3rd Ed.)

-- ACCEPTANCE WAS THE ANSWER, Alcoholics Anonymous, page 417(4th Ed.)  



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There are only two…
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Added by mike Callahan on October 25, 2011 at 6:28am — No Comments

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A central theme in all traditions of spirituality is the 

insistence that honesty—honesty with self about self—

is essential to any spiritual quest.

 

-- The Spirituality of Imperfection

 

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And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today.

 

-- Doctor,… Continue

Added by mike Callahan on October 24, 2011 at 6:20am — No Comments

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Seeing much of each other, scarce an evening passed that someone's 

home did not shelter a little gathering of men and women, happy in their 

release, and constantly thinking how they might present their discovery 

to some newcomer. In addition to these casual get-togethers, it became 

customary to set apart one night a week for a meeting to be attended by 

anyone or everyone interested in a spiritual way of life.…
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Added by mike Callahan on October 23, 2011 at 7:17am — No Comments

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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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Through desire, people are cast…
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Added by mike Callahan on October 22, 2011 at 6:26am — No Comments

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Therefore, the main problem of the alcoholic centers 

in his mind, rather than in his body.

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 23





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Craving is the aspiring to an object that one has not 

yet reached; clinging is the grasping of an object…
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Added by mike Callahan on October 21, 2011 at 7:13am — No Comments

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For the alcoholic, A.A. offers the directions. A vital factor, 

or ingredient of the preventive, especially for the alcoholic, 

is sustained emotion. The alcoholic who learns some of the 

techniques or the mechanics of A.A. but misses the 

philosophy or the spirit may get tired of following directions 

-- not because he is alcoholic, but because he is human. 

 

-- William D. Silkworth,… Continue

Added by mike Callahan on October 20, 2011 at 6:34am — No Comments

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We'll listen politely to those who would advise us, but all the decisions 

are to be ours alone. Nobody is going to meddle with our personal 

independence in such matters. Besides, we think, there is no one we 

can surely trust. We are certain that our intelligence, backed by 

willpower, can rightly control our inner lives and guarantee us success 

in the world we live in. This brave philosophy, wherein each man…
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Added by mike Callahan on October 19, 2011 at 6:24am — No Comments

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It is a spiritual axiom that every time we are disturbed, no 

matter what the cause, there is something wrong with us. 

 

-- Twelve Steps And Twelve Traditions, page 90

 

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Whatever hurt he brings to you, you will make answer with 

this very simple single truth. You are doing this to…
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Added by mike Callahan on October 18, 2011 at 6:35am — No Comments

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We subjected ourselves to a drastic self-appraisal. Now we go out to our 

fellows and repair the damage done in the past. We attempt to sweep 

away the debris which has accumulated out of our effort to live 

on self-will and run the show ourselves.



-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page…
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Added by mike Callahan on October 17, 2011 at 7:03am — No Comments

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Next time you and he have a heated discussion, no matter 

what the subject, it should be the privilege of either to smile 

and say, "This is getting serious. I'm sorry I got disturbed. 

Let's talk about it later." If your husband is trying to live on a 

spiritual basis, he will also be doing everything in his power 

to avoid disagreement or contention.

 

-- Alcoholics… Continue

Added by mike Callahan on October 16, 2011 at 7:46am — No Comments

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Most of us feel we need look no further for Utopia. We have it 

with us right here and now. Each day my friend's simple talk 

in our kitchen multiplies itself in a widening circle of peace on 

earth and good will to men.



-- Bill’s Story, Alcoholics Anonymous, page…
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Added by mike Callahan on October 15, 2011 at 7:26am — No Comments

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In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.



-- Albert Einstein 



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Do not be discouraged. No one among us 

has been able to maintain anything like 

perfect adherence to these principles. 

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page… Continue

Added by mike Callahan on October 14, 2011 at 6:20am — No Comments

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Continue to watch for selfishness, dishonesty, resentment, and 

fear. When these crop up, we ask God at once to remove them. 

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 84

 

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Not using faults does not mean that one does not have them.  

 

-- Antonio… Continue

Added by mike Callahan on October 13, 2011 at 6:29am — No Comments

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When I focus on what’s good today, I have a good day, 

and when I focus on what’s bad, I have a bad day. If I 

focus on a problem, the problem in-creases; if I focus 

on the answer, the answer increases.

 

-- Doctor, Alcoholic, Addict, Alcoholics Anonymous, page 451 (3rd Ed.)

-- Acceptance Was The Answer, Alcoholics Anonymous, page 419(4th Ed.)…
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