I go to A.A. at least twice a week. I mainly sit there, absorb, and leave. I’m into the message, not the medium. I am into the Big Book, but I am not a huge advocate of A.A. I take what I need from it and I leave the rest for someone else.
That being said, A.A. has a lot of terrific slogans that can be applied to anything in life. I have compiled a list and put comments next to each one as to what I think that slogan means for me, not for you, for me. Feel free to comment with any I have missed. You don’t have to go to A.A. to benefit from A.A., but it is one of the pillars by which I remain sober today.
Here is Part II of the list. Part I can be found HERE
- I can’t handle it God, you take over–giving your will over to a Higher Power. Surrender fuels freedom and acceptance.
- One day at a time–shrink your world into a manageable situation. Don’t think in terms of years, months, but days, even hours.
- Keep an open mind–closed minds do not receive key information to assist you in solving your problem. Let it in!
- Willingness is the key–being willing is the second step after Recognition. If you are willing, then all things are open to you.
- More will be revealed–keep paying attention, keep coming, keep that open mind and you will not stop progressing.
- You will intuitively know–your gut will tell you what you need to know.
- Don’t quit 5 minutes before the miracle happens–you never know how close you are to a solution.
- Some of us our sicker than others–you are no better or no worse off than anyone else.
- Alcoholism is an equal opportunity destroyer–alcoholism didn’t pick you because you’re special. It hurts everyone who is alcoholic.
- Practice an attitude of gratitude–gratitude will keep you grounded and makes you appreciate what you have, not what you don’t have.
- God is never late–He is always there. You just have to tap into Him (or your Higher Power).
- Have a good day unless of course u have made other plans–you determine how your day is going to be going.
- I can have complete serenity at this very moment…if I live in denial–it’s ok to feel what you feel. Denying feelings is a problem.
- We came to AA to save our ass, and found out our soul was attached–alcoholism is a disease of the spirit more than it is a disease of the body.
- It’s alcohol-ISM, not alcohol-WASM!–you are never cured. Don’t live with a false sense of security.
- I can only carry the message, I can’t carry the drunk!–no one can save me from myself but myself.
So what sayings have I missed? What do some of these slogans mean to you, either in recovery, or in your everyday life? Please keep in mind, the interpretations of these slogans I applied to ME. Obviously they can mean something much different for you!