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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 […]
…another opportunity to grow, to become loving and humble like Henry, my dog.
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
My life lesson plan was handed to me with my bed tray at the age of 23!
Bill’s principles of AA… I laughed out loud when I heard this. (Learn what hit the editor’s floor.)
I don’t understand the intricate workings of denial, but I’m at the same time, well-acquainted with it.
Here’s the confession: When I’m doing well, it’s not really me doing it. It’s the power within.
Looking closely at this arch in Glendalough, Ireland, you can see there is no mortar…
Take a deep breath and let’s git’r done!
Fear feeds on dishonesty.
Some of us once had great self-confidence, but it didn’t fully solve the fear problem, or any other.
I never knew anyone who was so afraid of everything!”
Should you be a sponsor?
What is implied by the ‘help me’?
Are we keeping the gate closed?
Guess what’s inside this AA meeting!
Sick of the sprees (alcohol, drugs, food, sex, spending, gambling, etc) and wanting something other than defeating obsessions and thoughts of suicide…
A five-year-old’s birthday party set me on the path of spiritual destruction…
You don’t have to be an addict or even know one to take the 12 Steps
‘taking thoughts captive’ was my goal but achieving it eluded me …
Little Fists happen when I start to criticize myself.
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.
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.
Do you have an inexplicable feeling of pending doom? Do you feel deep down lonely…
I have the clearest memory of childhood discussions and a collection of bunkhouse adventures with God. This skinless friend was more real …
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?
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?
Before I got sober at the age of 55, I was trapped by an ice storm at an abbey near Dubuque, in NE Iowa. I don’t think that’s a coincidence. […]
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 […]
AA Old Timer helped me see that I need to add some ‘fluff’ to my life
I had an epiphany yesterday. I’ve recently bought a new fifth wheel and requisite dually. Along with that comes more room to live and more financial pressure. (Did you catch […]
I don’t feel like writing today so I’m going to. I’m going to write. I didn’t feel like walking this morning either, so I did. I walked. I’ve been doing […]
I’m an HFA (High-Functioning Alcoholic). Who knew? No one. Sometimes that’s the point. Secrecy, silent suffering, and deadly choices all whirl towards the alcoholic drain that becomes the high-functioning alcoholic’s […]
I’m a recovered alcoholic, living full-time in an RV and have a bread machine in the Jeep. Why would anyone listen to me?
Given that the word why is used over 90 times in the Big Book of AA and in the 12×12, I assume it’s a big question for a lot of us.
When I was 5, my best friend and I got matching tubes of candy lipstick.
I desperately wanted answers to life. I knew only God had them but how would I get them?
At first, I thought of really cutting and accurate remarks that I could make to her in my defense and then I surprised myself by realizing that I don’t want to do that.
This is the final post in the series of Becoming Your Own Counselor. Personally, I’ve not had any progress in personal or spiritual growth that can be traced back to […]
To become your own counselor you will be filling your life and thoughts with wisdom from God instead of allowing others to control your life and define you. This is […]
This picture is one Debbie took at OLM in Iowa while she was on retreat at the Stone House. Once you’ve located your retreat spot and made reservations, there are […]
When my best friend turned 40, our Bible Study group gave her an unconventional present, but one that I feel was divinely inspired. On the given week, she was told […]
I’ve been talking to someone who just got out of an abusive relationship. What amazes me is that she’s out because she finally stopped listening to paid professionals, stopped listening […]
Don’t mess with me, buddy!
My step 9 destiny all started when I was born with red hair.
I’m not going to write about this. Am I? I