December 2013 Blog Posts (28)

Recovery Quotes / 12 Steps To Recovery / 12 Stepology

For Today --

 

We no longer strive to dominate or rule those about us in order to

gain self-importance. We no longer seek fame and honor in order

to be praised.  ....we try to be humbly grateful and exert ourselves

the more in a spirit of love and service. True leadership, we find,

depends upon able example and not upon vain displays of power

or…

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Added by mike Callahan on December 31, 2013 at 5:39am — No Comments

Recovery Quotes / 12 Steps To Recovery / 12 Stepology

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Our true home is in the present moment. To live in the present moment

is a miracle. The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk

on this green earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and

beauty that are available now. Peace is all around us, in the world and

in nature and within us, in our bodies and our spirits. Once we learn to

touch…

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Added by mike Callahan on December 30, 2013 at 5:47am — No Comments

Recovery Quotes / 12 Steps To Recovery / 12 Stepology

For Today--

 

Despite all we can say, many who are real alcoholics are not going

to believe they are in that class. By every form of self-deception and

experimentation, they will try to prove themselves exceptions to the

rule, therefore nonalcoholic.  If anyone who is showing inability to

control his drinking can do the right-about-face and drink like a

gentleman, our hats are off…

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Added by mike Callahan on December 29, 2013 at 8:14am — No Comments

12stepology

For Today –

 

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that

we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that

most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,

talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?



You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing…

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Added by mike Callahan on December 28, 2013 at 6:16am — No Comments

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Implicit throughout A.A.'s Traditions is the confession that our

Fellowship has its sins. We admit that we have character defects as a

society and that these defects threaten us continually. Our Traditions

are a guide to better ways of working and living, and they are to group

survival and harmony what A.A.'s Twelve Steps are to each member's

sobriety and…

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Added by mike Callahan on December 27, 2013 at 7:03am — No Comments

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For Today --

 

In a class once Vernon Howard gave this remarkable and very challenging idea: 

"There is a sinister whisper used by darkness that has been highly effective over

the centuries. It is this: ‘With all the knowledge you've collected, you can become

someone, a teacher, a person who doesn't need these studies any more.’"

 

If we seek spiritual principles to cleverly place…

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Added by mike Callahan on December 25, 2013 at 6:21am — No Comments

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I can’t prove it’s true, but I choose to believe people treat me the way

I’ve taught them to treat me. This creates a big responsibility for me.

It means that if I don’t like the way someone is treating me, I can alter

their behavior by first changing my own. I can have a positive influence

on the situation. Since I have, by my behavior, taught them to treat…

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Added by mike Callahan on December 24, 2013 at 5:44am — No Comments

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For Today –

 

 

Here we ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought or a decision. 

We relax and take it easy. We don't struggle. We are often surprised 

how the right answers come after we have tried this for a while. 

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 13

 

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Surrender is the last…

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Added by mike Callahan on December 23, 2013 at 5:58am — No Comments

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We don't have to drink to die.

 

We buried him yesterday. The County Coroner had published the required notices for next of kin and nobody had claimed the body. It was just myself and his sponsor, no preacher even, the county doesn't pay for those. Not much of send-off, and not the one David had asked for. A cheap coffin, a backhoe dug a hole, and that was it - another old AA gone.

 

He had been sober over 20 years and in AA over 30,…

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Added by mike Callahan on December 22, 2013 at 5:11am — No Comments

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For Today --

(The Serenity Prayer)

It opens by asking God to grant us serenity to accept things we cannot change.

I have always thought that this was unusual because it seems to me that serenity

doesn't create acceptance. How it's always worked for me though is that serenity

comes after acceptance, but who am I to argue. More importantly, it's been my

experience that most of the time, the…

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Added by mike Callahan on December 20, 2013 at 5:38am — No Comments

Recovery Quotes / 12 Steps To Recovery / 12 Stepology

For Today --

 

Sometimes we need to place love ahead of indiscriminate `factual honesty'.

We cannot, under the guise of `perfect honesty', cruelly and unnecessarily

hurt others. Always one must ask, “What is the best and most loving thing I

can do?”

 

-- As Bill Sees It, page…

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Added by mike Callahan on December 19, 2013 at 5:57am — No Comments

Recovery Quotes / 12 Steps To Recovery / 12 Stepology

For Today –

 

'I'm sorry'

'I know I have a problem and it won't happen again and I'm just going to stop it.'

 

-- Rob Ford (Toronto Mayor)

 

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We are all familiar with this type. They are always "going on the wagon for…

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Added by mike Callahan on December 18, 2013 at 5:58am — No Comments

Recovery Quotes / 12 Steps To Recovery / 12 Stepology

Forwarding from archives.

 

As we are in the midst of a busy holiday season, let us all pause to reflect on a date to be thankful for, December 11, 1934.  This date may not have any significance in your life; in fact if you searched the date on the internet, you find that there really isn’t anything noteworthy.  However, in A.A. history, this date is highly significant.  December 11, 1934 is the date of Bill’s last drink and fourth and last…

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Added by mike Callahan on December 17, 2013 at 6:23am — No Comments

Recovery Quotes / 12 Steps To Recovery / 12 Stepology

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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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Added by mike Callahan on December 16, 2013 at 6:20am — No Comments

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These men had found something brand new in life. Though they

knew they must help other alcoholics if they would remain sober,

that motive became secondary. It was transcended by the

happiness they found in giving themselves for others. They

shared their homes, their slender resources, and gladly

devoted their spare hours to…

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Added by mike Callahan on December 15, 2013 at 7:45am — No Comments

Recovery Quotes / 12 Steps To Recovery / 12 Stepology

For Today --

 

There’s only two things you need to know about God:

There is one and you are not it.

 

-- Old-Timer to Newcomer

 

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The spiritual man who argues that God is there and the

atheist who argues that God is not there are both…

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Added by mike Callahan on December 14, 2013 at 6:25am — No Comments

Recovery Quotes / 12 Steps To Recovery / 12 Stepology

For Today –

 

That which offends you only weakens you. Being offended creates 

the  same destructive energy that offended you in the first place—

so transcend your ego and stay in peace.

 

-- Wayne Dyer



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He said, in effect: “If you have a…

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Added by mike Callahan on December 13, 2013 at 5:58am — No Comments

Recovery Quotes / 12 Steps To Recovery / 12 Stepology

For Today --

 

Then I decided to drive into the country and see one of my

prospects for a car. On the way I felt hungry so I stopped

at a roadside place where they have a bar. I had no

intention of drinking. I just thought I would get a sandwich.

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page…

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Added by mike Callahan on December 12, 2013 at 5:52am — No Comments

Recovery Quotes / 12 Steps To Recovery / 12 Stepology

or Today –

 

A.A. and acceptance have taught me that there is a bit of good

in the worst of us and a bit of bad in the best of us; . . . . .

 

-- Doctor, Alcoholic, Addict, Alcoholics Anonymous, page 449 (3rd Ed.)

-- Acceptance Was The Answer, Alcoholics Anonymous, page…

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Added by mike Callahan on December 11, 2013 at 7:15am — No Comments

Recovery Quotes / 12 Steps To Recovery / 12 Stepology

For Today --

 

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…

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Added by mike Callahan on December 10, 2013 at 6:18am — No Comments

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