Tag: 12 Step Recovery

My Recovery: A.A. Slogans (Pt. 1)

wp-1484928101125.jpgI 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 I of the list.  I will post the rest of the list down the road:

  • Easy does itslowing my world down.  It means not getting too high, not getting too low.
  • First things firstalways keeping my sobriety first, no matter what is happening in my life, sobriety first, everything else second.
  • Live and let live–I will live my life and be at peace letting others live theirs.
  • But for the grace of god–if it wasn’t for God, I’d be in deep shit.
  • Let go and let god–hand over your control, your troubles, your woes to God and let Him handle them for you.
  • This too shall pass–nothing lasts forever, don’t get too caught up in your issues, they will not be with you forever.
  • Keep coming back….it works if you work it–if you can do nothing more, then just keep showing up.
  • Stick with the winners–hang with the folks who have been following the program and staying sober.
  • Sobriety is a journey….not a destination–there is no end-game.  I will be an alcoholic fighting to stay sober forever.
  • Faith without works is dead–you can be as spiritual as you want, but without practicing those same principles, it’s irrelevant.
  • If god seems far away, who moved?–a ponderance that makes you realize you need to get with God, or spirituality.
  • Turn it over–the main tenant of Step 3.  Turning my problems, issues, concerns, etc over to my Higher Power.
  • We are only as sick as our secrets–whatever you hold onto and don’t let go will keep you sick and/or in addiction.
  • There are no coincidences in AA–everything in A.A. happens for a reason, and that reason is God (Higher Power).
  • Be part of the solution, not the problem–stay out of your way as you seek the solution to your problem, or you will be the problem.

Please remember, my interpretations of these slogans may be different for you.  What effect, if any, do some of these slogans have on your life?  I have part two coming tomorrow.  I’d love to hear if you have any other AA slogans, and how they have applied to your own life and/or sobriety.

A.A. Today: Always Took The Drink

wp-1485821892780.jpgAA Today are daily readings from the book “Twenty-Four Hours A Day.”

“Twenty-Four Hours A Day is intended for members of Alcoholics Anonymous as a help in their program of living one day at a time.

It is designed for those who want to start each day with a few minutes of thought, meditation, and prayer.”

February 27, 2017

When we came into A.A., the first thing we did was to admit that we couldn’t do anything about our drinking.  We admitted that alcohol had us licked and that we were helpless against it.  We never could decide whether or not to take a drink.  We always took the drink.

And since we couldn’t do anything about it ourselves, we put our whole drink problem into the hands of God.  We turned the whole thing over to that Power greater than ourselves.  And we have nothing more to do about it, except to trust God to take care of the problem for us.  Have I done this honestly and fully?

Meditation for the Day

This is the time for my spirit to touch the spirit of God.  I know that the feeling of the spirit-touch is more important than all the sensations of material things.  I must seek a silence of spirit-touching with God.  Just a moment’s contact and all the fever of life leaves me.  Then I am well, whole, calm, and able to rise and minister to others.  God’s touch is a potent healer.  I must feel that touch and sense God’s presence.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that the fever or resentment, worry, and fear may melt into nothingness.  I pray that health, joy, peace, and serenity may take its place.

A.A. Today: Divine Principle

wp-1485821892780.jpgAA Today are daily readings from the book “Twenty-Four Hours A Day.”

“Twenty-Four Hours A Day is intended for members of Alcoholics Anonymous as a help in their program of living one day at a time.

It is designed for those who want to start each day with a few minutes of thought, meditation, and prayer.”

February 26, 2016

When we came into A.A., we came to believe in a Power greater than ourselves.  We came to believe in that Divine Principle in the universe which we call God, and to whom we can turn for help.  Each morning we have a quiet time.

We ask God for the power to stay sober for the next twenty-four hours.  And each night we thank Him for helping us to keep sober that day.  Do I believe that each man or woman I see in A.A. is a demonstration of the power of God to change a human being from a drunkard to a sober person?

Meditation for the Day

I should pray for faith as a thirsty person prays for water in a desert.  Do I know what it means to feel sure that God will never fail me?  Am I sure of this as I am sure that I still breath?  I should pray daily and most diligently that my faith may increase.

There is nothing lacking in my life because, really, all I need is mine, only I lack the faith to know it.  I am like a rich person’s child who sits in rags when all around me are stores of all I could desire.

Prayer for the Day

I pray for the realization that God has everything I need.  I pray that I may know that His power is always available.

A.A. Today: Purpose And Destiny

wp-1485821892780.jpgAA Today are daily readings from the book “Twenty-Four Hours A Day.”

“Twenty-Four Hours A Day is intended for members of Alcoholics Anonymous as a help in their program of living one day at a time.

It is designed for those who want to start each day with a few minutes of thought, meditation, and prayer.”

February 25, 2016

Some people find it hard to believe in a Power greater than themselves.  But not to believe in such a Power forces us to atheism.  It has been said that atheism is blind faith in the strange proposition that this universe originated in a cipher and aimlessly rushes nowhere.

That’s practically impossible to believe.  I think we all can agree that alcohol is a power greater than ourselves.  It certainly was in my case.  Do I remember the things that happened to me because of the power of alcohol?

Meditation for the Day

The spiritual and moral will eventually overcome the material and unmoral.  That is the purpose and destiny of the human race.  Gradually the spiritual is overcoming the material in our minds.  Gradually the moral is overcoming the unmoral.  Faith, fellowship, and service are cures for most of the ills of the world.  There is nothing in the filed of personal relationships that they cannot do.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may do my share in making a better world.  I pray that I may be part of the cure for the ills of the world.

A.A. Today: All You Can

wp-1485821892780.jpgAA Today are daily readings from the book “Twenty-Four Hours A Day.”

“Twenty-Four Hours A Day is intended for members of Alcoholics Anonymous as a help in their program of living one day at a time.

It is designed for those who want to start each day with a few minutes of thought, meditation, and prayer.”

February 24, 2016

When we came to our first A.A. meeting, we looked up at the wall at the end of the room and saw the sign:  “But for the grace of God.”  We knew right then and there that we would have to call on the grace of God in order to get sober and get over our soul-sickness.

We heard speakers tell how they had come to depend on a Power greater than themselves.  That made sense to us and we made up our minds to try it.  Am I depending on the grace of God to help me stay sober?

Meditation for the Day

Share your love, your joy, your happiness, your time, your food, your money gladly with all.  Give out all the love you can with a glad, free heart and hand.  Do all you can for others and back will come countless stores of blessings.  Sharing draws others to you.  Take all who come as sent by God and give them a royal welcome.  You may never see the results of your sharing.  Today they may not need you, but tomorrow may bring results from the sharing you did today.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may make each visitor desire to return.  I pray that I may never make anyone repulsed or unwanted.