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Acceptance Is (Not the Final) Answer

September 4th, 2019|Comments Off on Acceptance Is (Not the Final) Answer

Acceptance. 12-Step communities use that term like coconut oil. We casually spread it around everywhere, use it for everything, push it on everyone, and claim that it’s the balm for all of life’s burns, blisters, and bruises. We recommend it to others with the enthusiasm of a health nut as [...]

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Independence and Self-Sufficiency: Spiritual Principles #10

August 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Self-Sufficiency — the Opposite Is Dependence We swiftly and skillfully identify faulty dependence… In other people. We see it and sneer. We gossip. What about ourselves? Are we willing to take a look in the dark corners of our characters and see where we are still weak and vulnerable? “For [...]

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Integrity – What Does It Really Mean?

August 11th, 2017|0 Comments

What Is Integrity? When asked, so many people give the same AA-Meeting-Room definition of integrity. “It’s doing the right thing whether nobody is looking or not.” Poor grammar aside, it’s sort of true. Kind of. It is a really basic definition for absolute beginners amounting to, “Don’t lie. Don’t steal. [...]

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Grace for the Sick Man (and Everybody Else Too!)

July 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Grace for the Sick Man (and Everybody Else Too!)

A Prayer We realized 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 [...]

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Do the Next Right Thing, Always

April 7th, 2016|Comments Off on Do the Next Right Thing, Always

In recovery we often hear various phrases and sentiments repeated. They are the little formulas for life; for keeping the insanity at bay. One of my favorites is “Do the next right thing.” It’s so simple. It reminds me each time that I don’t have to take on everything at [...]

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A Vision For You – Courtesy of the Alcoholics Anonymous Book

February 20th, 2015|Comments Off on A Vision For You – Courtesy of the Alcoholics Anonymous Book

Pg 151 Big Book – Chapter 11 “A Vision For You” For most normal folks, drinking (using) means conviviality, companionship and colorful imagination. It means release from care, boredom and worry. It is joyous intimacy with friends and a feeling that life is good. But not so with us in [...]

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