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|08-02-2012, 06:46 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Jersey City, NJ
Gifts of AA
So I was having an especially tough day. Everyone and everything driving me crazy. Left the house on my bicycle and went for a ride. Thought it would help. Problem is it was just me trying to fix my problem. So there was a meeting starting a few miles away so I biked down there. Meeting topic was out of "As Bill See's It" on acceptance. I usually don't unload in meetings but I had to. This group is especially great and just felt good to get it out. After the meeting I threw my bicycle in the back of the guy's car and as he drove me home we talked for a bit. I felt so much better.
I got home and the wife is still not talking to me. I logged onto facebook and my old sponsor from Florida posted up this picture where he printed a picture of me out put it in his car and took a pic with a "wish you were here"!!
I so needed that tonight. Talking to people just like me who can relate, and then to feel the value of true friendship. Something I never had when I drank and used.
I just wanted to share that. When I am at my lowest there is always the hand of AA to help me back up!
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|08-03-2012, 05:28 AM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Eh? :)
Two days ago I sat in AA, sad because I didn't understand how I could find my way to a HP. Yesterday I went to a meeting, exhausted from cleaning all day, not really wanting to be there, and an old-timer explained that when he struggled with the HP someone said to him to "just add another O to God". It all clicked for me in that moment that God for me is Good...and by looking for the good in everyone/everything, I am infact seeing the hand of God.
That was the gift I was given. A way to having a relationship with God again.
|08-03-2012, 06:55 AM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Dec 2008
To some extent we have become god-concious"
Great post......thank-you very much .
Quote from BB 1st edition
|08-03-2012, 01:25 PM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Jersey City, NJ
dancingirl I read this in "As Bill See's It" and loved it:
As Bill Sees It
One Fellowship-- Many Faiths, p.223
As a society we must never become so vain as to suppose that we
are authors and inventors of a new religion. We will humbly reflect
that every one of A.A.'s principles has been borrowed from
A minister in Thailand wrote, "We took A.A.'s Twelve Steps to
the largest Buddhist monastery in this province, and the head
priest said, "Why, these Steps are fine! For us as Buddhists, it might
be slightly more acceptable if you had inserted the word 'good' in
your Steps instead of 'God.' Nevertheless, you say that it is God
as you understand Him, and that must certainly include the good.
Yes, A.A.'s Twelve Steps will surely be accepted by the Buddhists
I do not have a concept of a God but I do believe in a greater power. That is AA right now, and really anything that helps me grow spiritually. It took me a little while, but once I opened my mind to anything good, I could see the power was all around me.
I always love the quote "Minds are like parachutes. They don't work unless open" :-)
|08-03-2012, 02:53 PM||#5 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: northern michigan. not the U.P.
sounds like yer higher power at work for ya ( doin for you what ya couldnt do for yourself.)
all big book quotes from 1st edition
|08-03-2012, 03:10 PM||#6 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2011
What a feel good thread, love it.
I am really beginnining to appreciate AA more than ever.
I was upset yesterday by my best friend, I had been honest with her whereas in the drinking past I would have written something more palatable to please her or at least not create conflict.
Her response upset me as I love her very much.
This is the first time I have ever really felt like calling an AA member for advice. To have someone ther who can put things into perspective and understand how an alcoholic reacts to stressful situations as opposed to a non drinker.
I learnt so much from my best friend and my AA friend that night about myself . My AA friend pointed out that I had been honest and her reaction was really not in your control but mine was.
This is an extraordinary program. I tend to isolate myself and get all caught up in my head, AA is freeing my mind of negative rubbish that I have stored away.
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