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  • easy does it
  • first things first
  • live and let live
  • but for the grace of god
  • think......think.......think
  • one day at time
  • let go and let god
  • kiss---keep it simple stupid
  • act as if.........
  • this too shall pass
  • "It hurt when I did it"
  • "A man doesn't know what he knows until he knows what he doesn't know"
  • "Take my advice I'm not using it"
  • "If you think you're humble, your not"
  • "Sobriety is not my responsibility, it's my response to God's ability"
  • "If you're doing AA there's no defending it and when you're not doing AA there's no denying it"
  • "There's no strangers here only friends you haven't met yet"
  • "Don't get too many days & not enough years"
  • "I may not be much but I'm all think about"
  • "There's not a spot where God is not"
  • "Be nice to sponsees they might be your sponsor some day"
  • "If I wanted what you had I'd get drunk & ask you to be my sponsor"
  • "Under every skirt is a slip"
  • "I may not be much but I'm all I think about"
  • "Instant Asshole, just add alcohol"
  • "You can tell an alcoholic, you just can't them much"
  • "Try to taste your words before they come outta your mouth & ask yourself first: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?"
  • "Move a muscle, change a thought"
  • "F.E.A.R. = Frantic Efforts at Avoiding Respononsibilities"
  • expect miracles
  • I can't .........he can..........I think I'll let him (steps 1,2,3)
  • if it works.........don't fix it
  • keep coming back..........it works if you work it
  • stick with the winners
  • keep right size
  • sobriety is a journey ..........not a destination
  • faith without works is dead
  • poor me.....poor me............pour me another drink
  • to thine own self be true
  • I came; I came to; I came to believe (steps 1,2,3)
  • live in the NOW
  • if god seems far away, who moved ?
  • turn it over
  • aa=altered attitudes
  • nothing is so bad, a drink won't make it worse
  • we are only as sick as our secrets
  • there are no coincidences in AA
  • be part of the solution, not the problem
  • sponsors: have one-----use one-----be one
  • I can't handle it god; you take over
  • keep an open mind
  • it works -------it really does ! (page 88,line 8 in the big book)
  • willingness is the key
  • more will be revealed
  • you will intuitively know
  • you will be amazed
  • no pain.........no gain
  • go for it
  • keep the plug in the jug
  • do it sober
  • let it begin with me
  • just for today
  • sober `n` crazy
  • pass it on
  • it's in the book
  • you either is-------or you ain't
  • before you say: I can't ............say I'll try
  • don't quit 5 minutes before the miracle happens
  • some of us our sicker than others
  • we're all here because we're not all there
  • alcoholism is an equal opportunity destroyer
  • practice an attitude of gratitude
  • the road to sobriety is a simple journey for confused people with a complicated disease
  • another friend of bill W.'s
  • god is never late
  • have a good day unless of course u have made other plans
  • decisions aren't forever
  • it takes time
  • 90 meetings in 90 days.........90/90
  • you are not alone
  • where you go .......there you are
  • don't drink, read the big book, and go to meetings
  • use the 24-hour plan
  • make use of the telephone therapy
  • stay sober for yourself
  • look for similarities rather than differences
  • remember your last drunk
  • remember that alcoholism is incurable, progressive, and fatal
  • try not place conditions on your sobriety
  • when all else fails, follow directions
  • count your blessings
  • share your happiness
  • respect the anonymity of others
  • share your pain
  • let go of old ideas
  • try to replace guilt with gratitude
  • what goes around, comes around
  • change is a process, not an event
  • take the cotton out of your ears and put it in your mouth
  • call your sponsor before, not after, you take the first drink
  • sick and tired of being sick and tired
  • it's the first drink that gets you drunk
  • to keep it, you have to give it away
  • man's extremity is god's opportunity
  • the price for serenity and sanity is self-sacrifice
  • one alcoholic talking to another...........one equals one
  • take what you can use and leave the rest
  • what if........
  • yeah but.........
  • if only.........
  • help is only a phone call away
  • around AA or in AA ?
  • you can't give away what you don't have
  • one drink is too many and thousand not enough
  • K.C.B. --- keep coming back
  • anger is but one letter away from danger
  • courage to change
  • easy does it, but do it
  • bring the body and the mind will follow
  • accept your admission
  • remember when............
  • dry and tighten up (financially)
  • we AAs are 'gifted' people
  • there are 12 steps in the ladder of complete sobriety
  • fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed
  • before engaging your mouth, put your mind in gear!
  • I want what I want when I want it
  • there is no chemical solution to a spiritual problem
  • AA is not something you join, it's a way of life
  • we can be positive that our drinking was negative
  • spirituality is the ability to get our minds off ourselves
  • faith is spelled ...............a-c-t-i-o-n
  • backsliding begins when knee-bending stops
  • if I think, I won't drink. if I drink, I can't think
  • bend your knees before you bend your elbow
  • the first step in overcoming mistakes is to admit them
  • formula for failure: try to please everyone
  • sorrow is looking back, worry is looking around
  • willpower= our willingness to use a higher power
  • aa is an education without graduation
  • when your head begins to swell your mind stops growing
  • a journey of a 1,000 miles begins with the first step
  • god=good orderly direction
  • be as enthusiastic about AA as you were about your drinking
  • you received without cost, now give without charge
  • humility is our acceptance of ourselves
  • trying to pray is praying
  • get it ---give it---grow in it
  • faith is not belief without proof but trust without reservation
  • we're responsible for the effort not the outcome
  • this is a selfish program
  • ego=edge god out
  • keep your sobriety first to make it last
  • I drank: too much---too often---too long
  • AA will work if you want it to work
  • minds are like parachutes----they won't work unless they're open
  • what you hear and see here, stays here
  • alcoholism is the only disease that tells you you're all right
  • if you turn it over and don't let go of it, you will be upside down.
  • an AA meeting is where losers get together to talk about their winnings
  • AA is a school in which we are all learners and all teachers
  • god taught us to laugh again but god please don't let us forget that we once cried
  • serenity is not freedom from the storm but peace amid the storm
  • AA may not solve all your problems but it is willing to share them
  • it isn't the load that weighs us down------it's the way we carry it
  • principles before personalities
  • when u do all the talking you only learn what you already know
  • the 7t's ---take time to think the thing through
  • there are none too dumb for the AA program but many are too smart
  • we all have another drunk left in us but we don't know if we have another recovery in us
  • to be forgiven we must forgive
  • when we surrender to our higher power, the journey begins
  • the person with the most sobriety at a meeting is the one who got up earliest that morning
  • knowledge of "the answers" never made anyone slip---it was failing to practice "the answers" known
  • H.A.L.T.=don't get too hungry(h).......or too angry(a)......or too lonely(l) ........or too tire(t)
  • fear stands for Frustration
      Ego,
      Anxiety,
      Resentment
  • the 12 steps tell us how it works; the 12 traditions tell us why it works.........
  • AA won't ...........keep you from going to hell.............nor is it a ticket to heaven............but it will...........keep u sober long enough.........for you to make up your mind...............which way you want to go!
  • if faith without works is dead; then .........willingness without action is fantasy
  • when a person tries to control their drinking they have already lost control
  • the task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us
  • seven days without an aa meeting makes one WEAK
  • you are not required to like it, you're only required to DO IT
  • when wallowing in your self-pity ...... get off the cross we need the wood
  • we in AA don't carry the alcoholic; we carry the message
  • the results are in god's hand
  • we are not human beings having spiritual experiences; we are spiritual beings having human experiences
  • remember nothing is going to happen today that you and god can't handle
  • when man listens, god speaks; when man obeys, god works
  • don't watch the "slippers" but watch those who don't slip closely and watch them go through difficulties and pull through
  • the 3 t's of gratitude to repay AA for our sobriety: our time, our talent, our treasure
  • it's a pity we can't forget our troubles the same way we forget our blessings
  • be careful what you pray for; you're liable to get it
  • the time to attend a meeting is when you least feel like going
  • work the program from the waist up
  • AA is the highest priced club in the world.........if u have paid the dues, why not enjoy the benefits ?
  • the first step is the only step a person can work perfectly
  • the will of god will never take you where the grace of god will not protect you
  • your big book is your sponsor too
  • AA never opened the gates of heaven to let me in, AA did open the gates of hell to let me out
  • the only thing we take from this world when we leave is what we gave away
  • time wasted in getting even can never be used in getting ahead
  • some people are so successful in AA that they turn out to be almost as good as they used to think they were when they were drinking
  • sobriety delivers everything alcohol promised
  • possibilities and miracles are one in the same
  • get out of the driver's seat.......let go and let god
  • how==honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness
  • danger sign: when your eyes have wandered from the alcoholics who still suffers and needs help-----to the faults of those whom the program has already helped
  • first we stayed sober because we have to............
    then we stay sober because we are willing to..........
    finally we stay sober because we want to.............
  • slogans are wisdom written in shorthand
  • active alcoholics don't have relationships; they take hostages
  • everyday is a gift that is why we call it the present
  • if you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere
  • every recovery from alcoholism began with one sober hour
  • each and every alcoholic----sober or not----teaches us some valuable lessons about ourselves and recovery
  • we had to quit playing god
  • don't compare---identify
  • don't intellectualize----utilize
  • RULE 62----don't take yourself so damn seriously!!!!!!!
  • AA has a wrench to fit every nut that walks through a meeting room door
  • living in the here and now
  • how does one become an "old-timer" ? don't drink and don't die!
  • AA spoils your drinking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • faith is our greatest gift; its sharing with others our greatest responsibility
  • if you want to drink-----that is your business
    if you want to quit-------that is AA's business
  • in a bar, we got sympathy-----as long as our money lasted.
    in AA, we get understanding------for nothing!
  • even my worst day in sobriety is better than my best day drunk
  • the elevator is broken-------use the steps
  • let it begin with me
  • when all else fails.........the directions are in the big book
  • trust god.........clean house........help others
  • anonymity is so important it's half of our name
  • if we don't grow, we gotta go
  • all you need to start your own AA meeting is a resentment and a coffee pot!!
  • religion is for those who fear god.........spirituality is for those who have been to hell and back
  • there are no atheists in foxholes
  • three suggestions for making an AA speech:
    1).BE INTERESTING
    2).BE BRIEF
    3).BE SEATED
  • when you are a sponsor, you get out of yourself. if i serve, i will be served
  • why recovery never ends: the disease is alcoholISM, not alcoholWASM!
  • the AA way of life is meant to be bread for daily use, not cake for special occasions
  • the smartest thing an AA member can say is, " help me "
  • you are exactly where god wants you to be
  • god will never give you more than you can handle
  • slow but sure
  • in AA we say a "coincidence" is a miracle in which god chooses to remain anonymous
  • it takes the good and bad AA meeting----the good and bad AA talk -----to make this fellowship "work"
  • give time .......time
  • faith is a lighted doorway, but trust is a dark hall
  • the lesson I must learn is simply that my control is limited to my own behavior, my own attitudes
  • the AA paradoxes:
    ---from weakness(adversity) comes strength
    ---we forgive to be forgiven
    ---we give it away to keep it
    ---we suffer to get well
    ---we surrender to win
    ---we die to live
    ---from darkness comes light
    ---from dependence we found independence
  • AA works for people who believe in god
    AA works for people who don't believe in god
    AA NEVER works for people who believe they ARE god
  • just for today I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle my whole life problems at once. I can do something for 12 hours that would appall me if i felt that i had to keep it up for a LIFETIME
  • there are two days in every week which we have no control over----yesterday and tomorrow. today is the only day we can change.
  • it is not the experience if today that drives people mad----it is the remorse or bitterness for something which happened yesterday and the dread of what tomorrow may bring.
  • slippers in AA use the rdp---revolving door policy
  • pain is the touchstone of spiritual growth
  • god has no grand kids
  • there is a god and I am not it
  • the road to disappointment (resentment) is paved with expectation
  • be nice to newcomers .........one day they may be your sponsor
  • denial is not a river in Egypt !
  • guilt is the gift that keeps on giving
  • the flip side to forgiveness is resentments
  • there is no magic in recovery only miracles
  • fear is the absences of faith
  • courage is faith that has said its prayers
  • depression is anger toward inward
  • alcoholics heal from the outside in.........but feel from the inside out
  • 3 A's in AA-----affection (thoughtfulness)
    -----attention (listening)
    -----appreciation (gratitude)
  • if it is meant to be...........I can't stop it
    if it isn't god's will ............I can't make it happen
  • there are AA members who MAKE things happen
    there are AA members who WATCH things happen
    there are AA members who DON'T KNOW anything happen
    WHICH ARE YOU ??????

    A few good quotes

    • Sobriety is the leading cause of relapse
    • This is a one-day-at-a-time program. If you are sober today, you are tied for first place
    • If drinking is interfering with your work, you're probably a heavy drinker. If work is interfering with your drinking, you're probably an alcoholic
    • I often obsessively pursue feeling good ... no matter how bad it makes me feel
    • When I was new, I didn't think I had any obsessions, until I started thinking about it. Then, it was all I could think about
    • How come if alcohol kills millions of brain cells, it never killed the ones that made me want to drink?
    • I never told a lie that wasn't TRUE!!!
    • If God were small enough to understand, He wouldn't be big enough to be God
    • If you want to quit drinking, you are going to have to quit drinking
    • Newcomer: "How do I know how many meetings I should attend each week?"
      Old-timer: "Gradually cut back until you drink. Then you'll know."
    • If you're looking to have an image in AA, look around at the meetings you go to and take a look at who you're trying to impress
    • I would rather go through life sober, believing I am an alcoholic, than go through life drunk, trying to convince myself that I am not
    • The mind is a great servant ... but a lousy master
    • The secret to the AA program is the first three words on page 112
    • An alcoholic is a person who wants to be held while isolating
    • Resentments are like stray cats: if you don't feed them, they'll go away
    • A lot of members criticize newcomers for sharing in their first thirty days; what scares me are those bleeding deacons sharing in their last thirty days
    • The difference between a problem drinker and an alcoholic is that when the alcohol is taken away from the problem drinker, the problem goes away. When the alcohol is taken away from the alcoholic, the problem begins
    • Sponsee: "When will I get a good job?"
      Sponsor: "When you are ready."
      Sponsee: "How will I know I am ready?"
      Sponsor: "You'll have a good job."
    • It is the great obsession of every Al-Anon, that some day he or she will learn to control and enjoy their drinker
    • I would rather be a sober ANYTHING than a drunk Somebody
    • I drank when I was happy. I drank when I was unhappy. Actually, I am a reason to drink
    • You don't have to be sick to want to get well. But if you don't want to get well, you ARE sick
    • I can't do God's will my way
    • In order to change the way we feel we need to change the way we act
    • There is only one way to coast, and that is downhill
    • The good news is you get your emotions back. The bad news is you get your emotions back
    • All we ask is that you completely change your attitude as soon as possible
    • Never put people in AA on a pedestal ... there's no room to dance
    • I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all. But whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess
    • Without memory, there is no healing. Without forgiveness, there is no future
    • Our business is doing God's business. As long as we do God's business, whatever happens to us is none of our business. That's God's business
    • It's not old behavior if I'm still doing it

    A more few good quotes:

    1. "Provided we strenuously avoid turning these realistic surveys of the facts of life into unrealistic alibis for apathy or defeatism, they can be the sure foundation upon which increased emotional health and therefore spiritual progress can be built." - Reprinted from As Bill Sees It p. 44 with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.
    2. "We're not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition." - Reprinted from Alcoholics Anonymous p. 85 with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.
    3. "With few exceptions our members find that they have tapped on an unsuspected inner resource which they presently identify with their own conception of a power greater than themselves." - Reprinted from Alcoholics Anonymous pp. 569 and 70 with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.
    4. "With few exceptions our members find that they have tapped on an unsuspected inner resource which they presently identify with their own conception of a power greater than themselves." - Reprinted from Alcoholics Anonymous pp. 569 and 70 with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.
    5. "Why all this insistence that every AA must hit bottom first? The answer is that few people will sincerely tried to practice the AA program unless they have hit bottom. For practicing AA's remaining eleven steps means the adoption of attitudes and actions that almost no alcoholic who is still drinking can dream of taking." - Reprinted from 12 Steps and 12 Traditions page 24 with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.
    6. "The trouble with us alcoholics was this: We demanded that the world give us happiness and peace of mind in just the particular order we wanted to get it-- by the alcohol route. And we weren't successful. But when we take the time to find out some of the spiritual laws, and familiarize ourselves with them, and put them into practice, then do we get happiness and peace of mind..... There seem to be some rules that we have to follow, but happiness and peace of mind are always here, open and free to anyone" - Reprinted from Dr. Bob and the Good Old-timers, p. 308 with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.
    7. "By going back in our own drinking histories, we could show that years before we realized it we were out of control, that our drinking even then was no mere habit, that it was indeed the beginning of a fatal progression."- Reprinted fromTwelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 23 with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.
    8. "Faith has to work twenty-four hours a day in and through us, or we perish." - Reprinted from Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 16 with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.
    9. "The primary fact that we fail to recognize is our total inability to form a true partnership with another human being." - Reprinted from Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 53 with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.
    10. No words can tell of the loneliness and despair I found in that bitter morass of self-pity. Quicksand stretched around me in all directions. I had met my match. I had been overwhelmed. Alcohol was my master. - Reprinted from Alcoholics Anonymous , p.8 with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.
    11. "When working with a man and his family, you should take care not to participate in their quarrels. You may spoil your chance of being helpful if you do." -- - Reprinted from Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 100 with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.,
    12. "As we felt new power flow in, as we enjoyed peace of mind, as we discovered we could face life successfully, as we became conscious of His presence, we began to lose our fear of today, tomorrow or the hereafter. We were reborn. - Reprinted from Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 63 with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.
    13. You may already have asked yourself why it is that all of us became so very ill from drinking. Doubtless you are curious to discover how and why, in the face of expert opinion to the contrary, we have recovered from a hopeless condition of mind and body. If you are an alcoholic who wants to get over it, you may already be asking--"What do I have to do?" Reprinted from Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 20 with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.

     

     


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