August 26 from Daily Reflections by AA World Services Inc.:
GIVING IT AWAY
Though they knew they must help other alcoholics if they would remain sober, that motive became secondary. It was transcended by the happiness they found in giving themselves for others.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 159
August 25 from Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life by Joe C.
“The Buddha preached a doctrine which demands an in-depth analysis of Suffering and its causes as a means of bringing about Suffering’s end and, therefore, of ushering in a new and lasting peace, tranquility and insightfulness.” Jan Willis (born 1948)
“Our egos write us shopping lists of what we deserve and how we expect others should respond to us. Life doesn’t follow our bidding. The universe unfolds without concern for us.” – Joe C.
August 24 from Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life by Joe C.
“We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves. It also does us good because it helps us to do other things better. It gives a man or woman the chance to bring out power that might otherwise remain locked away inside. The urge to struggle lies latent in everyone.” – Sir Roger Bannister (born 1929)
August 23 from Daily Reflections by AA World Services Inc.:
BRINGING THE MESSAGE HOME
Can we bring the same spirit of love and tolerance into our sometimes deranged family lives that we bring to our A.A. group?
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, pp.111-12
August 22 & 21 from Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life by Joe C.
August 22 – “No matter how Lovesick a woman is, she shouldn’t take the first pill that comes along.” – Joyce Brothers (born 1927)
“The escape artist meets the quick fix— this may have been our history, but are we condemned to continually repeat it? In early AA days a distinction was made between sober and dry. Dry is like the Lovesick one, white-knuckling it to stay away from “the pill.” Sober is the Lovesick becoming Love-healthy and not needing another’s approval to feel worthy.” – Joe C.
August 21 – “I don’t see ultimate reality as God’s kingdom. That language is exactly what stops some would-be recoverers flat in their tracks. It’s not that they’re unwilling. But the God stuff they hear in meetings creates an aversion to the whole idea of 12-Step recovery.” – The 12-Step Buddhist by Darren Littlejohn
August 21 observation by me:
When I opened my eyes to daylight this morning, which is always how I wake up at my present age, all my life losses since my 2010 alcohol relapse were heavy on my mind. That means I started off my day with the correct thoughts for me.
August 20 from Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life by Joe C.
“Asking the right questions takes as much skill as giving the right answers.” Robert Half (born 1918)
double-drunk-drivers.jpg and double-drunk-drivers2.jpg:
One drunk driver kills a pedestrian, another runs over the dead pedestrian’s memorial, then a recovering alcoholic puts the cross back upright. That particular recovering alcoholic chooses not to drive motor vehicles because he can’t or won’t get over his last driving drunk.
August 18 observation by me:
“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.” – Paul/Saul of Tarsus, NIV translation
I observe the AA Big Book contains some traditional religion and what many AA’s call “The Big Big Book” contains tons more traditional religion but both books contain some good points; i.e., “Take what you can use and leave the rest.” Of course there are other traditional culture knowledges with some good points, but I’ve had those two books drilled into my head more than others.
I quoted Paul/Saul because I’m hypothesizing over-the-top type addictions (as opposed to my coffee “addiction”) are the result of domesticated humans living as life-long children same as other domesticated animals. Sometimes at church or 12S meetings you hear things about “…we are His children…”, “Children of God”, “A good shepherd (i.e., the shep-herd God, Jesus, etcetera) blah blah blah” and so we members of traditional cultures don’t deal with reality as adults; at least not until we as individuals choose to un-sheeple ourselves. By contrast, about 25 years ago when I accepted AA as a religion, I was a sober sheeple because I followed the sheeple instructions more closely than when I as a rebellious sheeple but a sheeple nonetheless; rebelling against *some* of the sheeple instructions.
August 17 from Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life by Joe C.
“Instant Karma’s gonna get you, gonna look you right in the face. You better get yourself together darling, join the human race.” – John Lennon (1940–1980)
“Today we consider the emotional sobriety slip—the dry drunk or dry high. Today, ‘Instant Karma’ is a metaphor for a wake-up-call or the universe calling us on our bullshit. Do we sometimes inflate our places in the human race? Ego trips are a big cause of dry drunks. Right-sizing our egos or getting ourselves together takes commitment and practice. If we practice not thinking about ourselves 24/ 7, keeping our egos in check will become second.” – Joe C.