Just Another Alcoholic

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I love the diversity of the members in A.A.  In any given meeting I am bound to hear someone speak about an issue that I am perhaps experiencing.  We learn from each other, I listen closely to those who have “walked through” problems and issues that I can relate to. In the Program we are blessed to have the Steps as a guide to resolving challenges to our recovery.  Most of us understand the basics of recovery through A.A. – go to meetings, work the Steps, get a sponsor, and find the God of your understanding.  I’ve heard it said that first we come, (we walk through the doors) then we come to (we begin to hear the words which are spoken), and finally we come to believe (in a Power greater than ourselves).  That’s basically known as Steps 1,2, and 3.   But don’t stop there Step 4 is a powerful and revealing Step to recovery and one that will set you free – free to be blessed with all who share this wonderful program.

Honoring Your Healing

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I honor myself when I acknowledge the gains I have made, when I look back and compare myself now to back then.  I have changed, I have made some progress on this path to recovery.  I am a work in progress, but there has been progress from “then” to “now.”  My efforts have not been in vain, my life is better because of the changes I have made with the help of my Higher Power.  Today, I try to work in concert with God and the Program of Alcoholics Anonymous.  Together, the three of us and my efforts – have given me the focus, the courage, the strength, and the knowledge to go forth in faith that I am on the right path, that change is possible and my life can be all that I ever hoped it would be.

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Too Much-Not Enough

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I have changed, and am still changing in many ways.  My emotions can still take me further up and down than I want to go, but the difference now is that I am aware of myself as someone capable of change, capable of growth and capable of understanding those very same emotional levels.  I can check myself. I have tools today.  I have the resources of the entire Program of Alcoholics Anonymous; I have a whole community of people who are experiencing similar changes, and I have a Higher Power, a God of my understanding.  All of these “essentials” are available to help me transition from being on a roller coaster to simply being on a path of gently rolling hills.  I also believe that if I have found some balance in my life, that the relationships I form will also have balance.  This is an ongoing process, and one that will continue for my lifetime.  I work towards practicing tolerance of others, and try to remain watchful of my expectations and motives.  Remaining true to myself is essential to this process, as I strive for balance in my recovery, and in my life.  

Today, A Day At A Time

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I know today that getting active means trying to live the suggested Steps of The Program to the best of my ability. It means striving for some degree of honesty, first with myself, then with others. It means activity directed inward,m to enable me to see myself and my relationship with my Higher Power more clearly. As I get active, outside and inside myself, so shall I grow in The Program. Do I let others do all the work at meetings? Do I carry my share?

Acceptance/Surrender

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I am no longer a failure – through the process of awareness, acceptance and action I have been able to make the needed changes in my life that allow me to live a life of recovery; rather than a life of grief, sadness, and complete demoralization. Whenever life challenges me today, I try to stop and take a good, hard look at myself. What actions have I committed that caused me to doubt myself? What old behaviors have reared their ugly heads? What is needed to correct this misstep? Is there something I need to do, is there some action I need to take? When problems arise it always seems to backtrack to me, my behavior, my actions, my attitude. Getting into some acceptance of the fact that my problems relate to me – is the first step to change and growth. The bottom line is my life problems relate to my behaviors in some fashion……….. and acceptance of that- is key.

Fun

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Recovery, for me, brought about immeasurable changes in my life: physically, spiritually, and mentally. I no longer fear social situations, for the most part. I have been able to overcome my uneasiness, and my feelings of being “less than” have diminished to a point of being comfortable in groups of varying types. During my time here… I have found the courage to go to civil gatherings such as live theater productions, and many fine restaurants – all without drinking. I have truly been blessed when it comes to friends and fun in the Program!!!

United We Stand(Walk In Dry Places)

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Though it sounds like a game or a trick, there’s great power in “acting as if.” This means acting as if we’ve already succeeded, acting as if we expect everybody to cooperate with us, acting as if we’ve already reached whatever goal we’re seeking. The principle behind this approach is that such acting helps focus our minds and energies on goals. It’s also important to believe that our success is inevitable if we are truly on the right path.
We should go into any venture with the idea that we’ve already succeeded…. that much good is going to come out of it, even if the exact outcome is somewhat different from what we had in mind. “Acting as if” is just what we might need to summon our powers for the duties ahead.
An old saying affirms that “if God be for me, who can be against me?” I’ll carry on today with the confidence that my Higher Power is guiding all my efforts in the right direction.

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