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Financial (In)Security

Posted 11-23-2017 at 03:49 PM by MyRecoveredLife

“Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us.” (Alcoholics Anonymous, pg. 84) This is an excerpt from the Ninth Step Promises in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. I used to hear this and the only way I could imagine the fear of economic insecurity leaving me was that I would make and have more money. Of course, more money would mean more savings, no debt, owning everything I could possibly ever want, etc, etc. This is particularly funny in hindsight. I make enough money to...
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Just Say Yes!

Posted 11-10-2017 at 11:34 AM by MyRecoveredLife
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This post is going to be a bit of a continuation of the last post, or expand upon it, so if you didn’t read “Life is Good?” I would recommend you go back and read it first.

If my problem is that I rest on my laurels when life is good, how do I get beyond that? How do I push myself to continue to grow when I am comfortable “as is”? It occurs to me that the way to continue to grow, without waiting until I am suffering, and in enough pain to be willing to learn another of God’s lessons...
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Life Is Good?

Posted 10-24-2017 at 01:43 PM by MyRecoveredLife

How many times a day are I asked how I am doing and I answer “I am good”? How many times when sharing at a meeting about how my life has been affected by completing the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and trying to live by the principles of this program do I tell people “life is good”? So here is the thing:

GOOD IS THE ENEMY OF GREAT.

At least for me it is. You see, good leads to complacency. This notion was first introduced to me by these two guys who call themselves...
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Reading List - The Big Book

Posted 10-04-2017 at 01:28 PM by MyRecoveredLife

Some time ago, I wrote a post called “Reading List” in which I made a commitment to read a bunch of AA literature over the course of the next year. I made a good start and was reading some every day. Then life got in the way, I got out of the habit and the next thing you know, a month had gone by with hardly a word being read! I have recently been getting back on track and reading regularly again. I can tell you, the more AA literature I read, the more I want to read. The AA literature is amazing...
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Rigorous Honesty

Posted 08-17-2017 at 12:34 PM by MyRecoveredLife

Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?

This has to be one of the simplest, most concise pieces of literature ever written. And if followed, it leaves no room for interpretation. There simply isn’t any wiggle room. A quick search on the internet tells me that it was coined in Old English and became a part of English trials sometime around the 13th century, so it has been around a long time. Let’s examine it piece by piece.

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