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Old 02-11-2015, 07:42 AM
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Would like to hear your interpretation of...

The sign that is posted in AA meeting rooms:

Think
Think
Think

This one baffles me....would love to hear how you interpret it.

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Old 02-11-2015, 07:56 AM
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Think it through before ya drink.
Think of your last drunk.
Think it all the way through.

There's different interpretations of it.

Another is it's okay to think, but don't over analyze.
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Old 02-11-2015, 08:02 AM
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Hey, I found this link and am not too sure of the validity of it.

www.anonpress.org/faq/719
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Old 02-11-2015, 08:06 AM
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Originally Posted by tomsteve View Post
Think it through before ya drink.
Think of your last drunk.
Think it all the way through.
Although I have no idea for the origins of that sign (some say it was lifted from an IBM workplace slogan popular at the time), the above interpretation would run counter to the BB. The whole idea of being able to 'think it all the way through' contradicts the italicized paragraph on pg. 24.

If I had the power to think about where the drink would take me and make a rational, sane decision about it, I would no use for AA's program of recovery. My experience is exactly what is described in that paragraph, that I was unable to recall with sufficient force the suffering and humiliation of the last drunk.

One possible origin: http://anonpress.org/faq/719

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Old 02-11-2015, 08:44 AM
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Baffles me to!

Setting aside for a moment the constructive and worthy explanations already provided, it baffles me to!

Perhaps even more so because I'm aware of the expression,' stinkin' thinkin', hear at meetings to suggest avoiding falling into the trap of thinking, which often ends up thinking about your next drunk, which invariably quickly follows!

Personally speaking, I found it better just to take the actions and avoid thinking following the maxim to keep it simple. Now that I could and still dop live with...
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Old 02-11-2015, 08:54 AM
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I always took it as to think it all the way through before making any harsh or rash decisions.
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Old 02-11-2015, 09:01 AM
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Baffles me too. My thinking is the problem and multiply that times 3 and Lord what a mess
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Old 02-11-2015, 10:05 AM
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I had to stop thinking and open my mind.
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Old 02-11-2015, 10:19 AM
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Old 02-11-2015, 02:57 PM
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It was an IBM marketing slogan about 50 years ago. They gave out thousands of free posters and some of them ended up in meetings - without AA's approval.
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Old 02-11-2015, 06:32 PM
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Hmm, a sign in the meeting I used to attend said "Don't think, don't drink".

Frankly, the suggestion that I shouldn't think was one of the reasons I turned my back on AA and the 12-Steps. However, I do understand that the slogan probably didn't come from AA writings and doctrine (or maybe it did?), but the fact that it was in the meeting room and appeared to have been there for many years was enough for me to seriously question AA and 12-Step doctrine. Frankly, I found the suggestion that someone should "stop thinking" to be both crazy and dangerous.
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Old 02-11-2015, 06:58 PM
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Mmmm... I don't recall seeing these Think posters. Of course, now I'll be on the look out for them. That said...when I saw the 3 Thinks here..my brain popped in with well, Ya know where your best thinking got you! Me? Ohh ...being a unhappy alcoholic wife & mom? YEAH that!
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Old 02-12-2015, 09:00 AM
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Thank you everyone for your input! Wanted to share another view point I heard at a meeting one time that I enjoyed.......

I'm now allowed to think only 3 times about something and then I need to stop. (difficult to practice, but a bit amusing)

For me and my obsessive, eternal thinker.....good suggestion. =)
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Old 02-12-2015, 09:14 AM
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If I walked into a room and saw a poster board with the words:

Think
Think
Think

I would feel as if I was entering the room of a Preschool class where repetition is first introduced.


See Jane
See Spot
See Spot bite Jane l.o.l

Harmless humor, have a great sober day
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Old 02-12-2015, 12:35 PM
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Originally Posted by newlifecy View Post
I'm now allowed to think only 3 times about something and then I need to stop. (difficult to practice, but a bit amusing)

For me and my obsessive, eternal thinker.....good suggestion. =)
For obsessive and compulsive thinkers that's a good thing to practice. Of course the best way (if not the only way) to stop thinking obsessively about something negative like drinking or getting high is to turn your thoughts to something positive. If the thoughts again turn negative, just rinse and repeat. With practice you will get better at turning off negative thoughts.

The mind is a wonderful thing when used properly and with diligence. Quality thinking does take a bit of work though, but like a muscle, the mind grows stronger when it's exercised.
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Old 02-12-2015, 12:46 PM
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It's a Winnie the Pooh quote! TBH…

If he borrowed it from AA or vice versa is for debate...

Pooh has been on the go since 1924!…



http://youtu.be/3U8pAM4VXvI

(It's his slogan methinks?!)
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Originally Posted by Stratman1 View Post
It's a Winnie the Pooh quote! TBH…

If he borrowed it from AA or vice versa is for debate...
Oh I see.............AA Milne
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