As we go through the day we pause when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action. Pause. Oh, no. Remember I’m a sprinter? Pauses break my […]
It’s so tricky to diagnose that I had friends telling me I couldn’t be alcoholic, even though I knew I was.
Some people just naturally know what their NRT is. Do you?
It’s not my role to direct others. It’s my role to love them, support them by listening, and pray for them to find God’s direction
A genuine voice
My life lesson plan was handed to me with my bed tray at the age of 23!
The way out was to get a clue! I thought I was supposed to be in charge of my own life, so I was.
Bill’s principles of AA… I laughed out loud when I heard this. (Learn what hit the editor’s floor.)
My life wasn’t happy, but I felt like I was in control. For some reason, that made sense to me.
I don’t understand the intricate workings of denial, but I’m at the same time, well-acquainted with it.
What person causes you the most stress no matter what you try?
Looking closely at this arch in Glendalough, Ireland, you can see there is no mortar…
I never knew anyone who was so afraid of everything!”
Who’s in the drivers’ seat?
Jot these questions in your cell so you’re prepared.
How do you define ‘unmanageable’?
The 12 Steps are for all of us
Are we keeping the gate closed?
Guess what’s inside this AA meeting!
I no longer feel I have to ‘prove’ anything to you or to me
December 31, 2012 Dear Me, I probably know less about you than some people and more than the casual observer, but I do know a few things: You love to […]
Thinking, learning, figuring things out with my pea brain…
I grew up in the 50s–a time when sex education had not yet been invented.
There’s a lot of ‘holding’ going on during the last three points.
Can you find something that weighs on your mind?
My life would make a better movie than it does a life.
Possibly behind the presenting question is the thought: “You’re not one of us, are you?” I’m not sure why we react to ‘foreigners’ this way, but it’s human nature to try to align the ‘us’ from the ‘them’. We separate out the locals from the others like sorting through the box of puzzle pieces for the border.
I spent a lot of time with my grandparents absorbing survival skills: some good, some bad.
Putting out of our minds the wrongs other had done, we resolutely looked for our own mistakes.
Ya but… (wheeze) the other guy is the problem! You’re just the victim, here.
I’m a Fighter from a long line of Fighters. I don’t know what happens to you when you’re angry…
Now that we have the first column naming people, institutions and principles we can move on to the second column. (Refer to the Not Scary Resentments Worksheet of Step 4 in […]
Do you have an inexplicable feeling of pending doom? Do you feel deep down lonely…
Everything was dirty, broken, piled up and rusty. I kept gagging…
as soon as you’re ripe, you rot! There’s a lot of ripe ones out there…
I have the clearest memory of childhood discussions and a collection of bunkhouse adventures with God. This skinless friend was more real …
What keeps you awake at night?
Step 3 is not the action of turning our will and lives over, it’s deciding to do so. Let’s get specific. Which decision making elements do you usually use?
There is something in me that rebels against familiar authoritarianism. Do I really want someone else to tell me what to think again? I hope not.
During early sobriety it seemed that all the characters around the table except me had a secret password that allowed them to log into a new life of peace and serenity. I’d never seen anything like these hooligans.
Do I miss drinking? Sometimes. I miss it to the extent that I’m still insane. I was not created for self-destruction but alcohol is a one way ticket to that insanity. It waits.
The question I should have asked when I dropped into AA was, Is there a difference between step 3 and salvation for a Christian?
This is my prayer corner. The colored pencils are from Iowa. I bought them at an art supply store when I started coloring during prayer. Bear with me. I can explain…maybe.
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. That’s Step 4, perhaps the scariest few words Bill W strung together in this 12 Step program. It seems to me […]
My addiction started harmlessly.
I agree with Chaz and his Unconflicted post. I am unconcerned about Bill’s personal life. He was a tool for getting the Biblical principles into our hands. I was not […]
It’s 12 Steps, not 2. The Old Timers I love and respect are those who have serenity gained from taking all 12 and continuing to live in the principles.
Peace started for me during Step One when I admitted I was not all-powerful; that alcohol had me by the throat!
You call it love. For years, all I wrote was bad, tragic and tearful poetry. Then life got better because I got sober and I gave up poetry. Suddenly, this […]