November 2015 Blog Posts (27)

Recovery Quotes

For Today –

 

Our sound reasoning failed to hold us in check. The insane 

idea won out. Next day we would ask ourselves, in all 

earnestness and sincerity, how it could have happened.

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 37

 

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Insanity is often the logic of an accurate…

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Added by mike Callahan on November 30, 2015 at 6:39am — No Comments

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As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will 

not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again 

and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind 

of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.

 

-- Henry David Thoreau

Added by mike Callahan on November 29, 2015 at 6:34am — No Comments

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Once we have come into agreement with these ideas, it is really easy to begin 

the practice of Step Three. In all times of emotional disturbance or indecision, 

we can pause, ask for quiet, and in the stillness simply say: "God grant me the 

serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to  change the things I 

can, and wisdom to know the difference. Thy will, not mine, be done."

 

--…

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Added by mike Callahan on November 28, 2015 at 6:57am — No Comments

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A sensation appears, and liking or disliking begins. This fleeting moment, if 

we are unaware of it, is repeated and intensified into craving and aversion, 

becoming a strong emotion that eventually overpowers the conscious mind. 

We become caught up in the emotion, and all our better judgment is swept 

aside. The result is that we find ourselves engaged in unwholesome…

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Added by mike Callahan on November 27, 2015 at 7:11am — No Comments

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For Today --

 

He may be kind, considerate, patient, generous; even modest 

and self-sacrificing. On the other hand, he may be mean, 

egotistical, selfish and dishonest.

 

--Alcoholics Anonymous, page 61

 

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What you are focused on in your mind is what you…

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Added by mike Callahan on November 26, 2015 at 6:43am — No Comments

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

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page83

 

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one through ten 

rank this moment 

against itself 

 

-- Benjamin…

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Added by mike Callahan on November 25, 2015 at 6:20am — No Comments

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For Today --



Are we now ready to let God remove from us all the things which we have 

admitted are objectionable? Can He now take them all - every one? If we still 

cling to something we will not let go, we ask God to help us be willing.

    When ready, we say something like this: "My Creator, I am now willing that 

you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me 

every single…

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Added by mike Callahan on November 24, 2015 at 5:58am — No Comments

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For Today –

 

For a brief moment, I had needed and wanted God. There 

had been a humble willingness to have Him with me - and 

He came. But soon the sense of His presence had been 

blotted out by worldly clamors, mostly those within myself. 

And so it had been ever since. How blind I had been.



-- Bill’s Story, Alcoholics Anonymous, pages 12,…

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Added by mike Callahan on November 23, 2015 at 6:29am — No Comments

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For Today –

 

As we go through the day we pause, when agitated 

or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action. 

We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer 

running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many 

times each day "Thy will be done." We are then in 

much less danger of excitement, fear, anger, worry, 

self-pity, or foolish decisions. We become much 

more efficient. We do not tire so…

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Added by mike Callahan on November 22, 2015 at 6:41am — No Comments

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Now we need more action, without which we find that 

"Faith without works is dead."

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 76



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Faith is not belief. Belief is passive. Faith is active.



-- Edith…

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Added by mike Callahan on November 21, 2015 at 5:58am — No Comments

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For thousands of years we have been demanding more than our share of security, 

prestige, and romance. When we seemed to be succeeding, we drank to dream 

still greater dreams. When we were frustrated, even in part, we drank for oblivion. 

Never was there enough of what we thought we wanted. In all these strivings, so 

many of them well-intentioned, our crippling handicap had been our lack of 

humility. We had…

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Added by mike Callahan on November 20, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

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We had a new Employer. Being all powerful, He provided 

what we needed, if we kept close to Him and performed 

His work well. Established on such a footing we became 

less and less interested in ourselves, our little plans and 

designs. More and more we became interested in seeing 

what we could contribute to life.  

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page…

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Added by mike Callahan on November 19, 2015 at 5:56am — No Comments

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For Today --

 

The remonstrances of my friends terminated 

in a row and I became a lone wolf.

 

-- Bill’s Story, Alcoholics Anonymous, page 3

 

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It was the wicked and wild wind

Blew down the doors to let me in

Shattered windows and the sound of drums

People couldn't believe what I'd…

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Added by mike Callahan on November 18, 2015 at 6:06am — No Comments

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For Today –

 

Certainly no alcoholic, and surely no member of A.A., wants to 

deprecate material achievement. Nor do we enter into debate 

with the many who still so passionately cling to the belief that 

to satisfy our basic natural desires is the main object of life. 

But we are sure that no class of people in the world ever made 

a worse mess of trying to live by this formula than…

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Added by mike Callahan on November 17, 2015 at 5:57am — No Comments

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For Today --

Each person is like an actor who wants to run the whole show;

is forever trying to arrange the lights, the ballet, the scenery

and the rest of the players in his own way. If his arrangements

would only stay put, if only people would do as he wished, the

show would be great. Everybody, including himself, would be

pleased. Life would be wonderful.

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, pages 60,…

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Added by mike Callahan on November 16, 2015 at 5:41am — No Comments

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For Today –

 

We are not saints. The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual 

lines. The principles we have set down are guides to progress. We claim 

spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection.



-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 60

 

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A priest of the Greek…

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Added by mike Callahan on November 15, 2015 at 6:33am — No Comments

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We asked ourselves this: Are not some of us just as biased 

and unreasonable about the realm of the spirit as were the 

ancients about the realm of the material? 



-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 51

 

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The most important scientific revolutions all include,…

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Added by mike Callahan on November 13, 2015 at 6:03am — No Comments

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For Today –

 

Each person is like an actor who wants to run the whole show; 

is forever trying to arrange the lights, the ballet, the scenery 

and the rest of the players in his own way. If his arrangements 

would only stay put, if only people would do as he wished, the 

show would be great. Everybody, including himself, would be 

pleased. Life would be wonderful.

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, pages…

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Added by mike Callahan on November 12, 2015 at 5:51am — No Comments

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For Today –

 

Most of our experiences are what the psychologist William 

James calls the “educational variety” because they develop 

slowly over a period of time. Quite often friends of the new-

comer are aware of the difference long before he is himself. 

 

-- Spiritual Experience, Alcoholics…

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Added by mike Callahan on November 11, 2015 at 5:38am — No Comments

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This was our course: We realized that the people who wronged us were 

perhaps spiritually sick. Though we did not like their symptoms and the 

way these disturbed us, they, like ourselves, were sick too. We asked 

God to help us show them the same tolerance, pity, and patience that 

we would cheerfully grant a sick friend. When a person offended we 

said to ourselves, "This is a sick man. How can…

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Added by mike Callahan on November 10, 2015 at 5:57am — No Comments

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