July 23 observation by me:
“The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.” – AA Third Tradition
I observe some AAs acting as if being an “old timer” automatically makes what they say “The Program”. To their claim I say the Third Tradition has a period at the end of it, not a “but” or whatever their blah blah blah is.
Nobody gets to qualify another person’s “desire” as if to say “If you don’t blah blah blah you don’t really have a desire.” To me it’s unfortunate Bill or whomever wrote “But what about the real alcoholic?” because the qualifier types have jumped on that word “real” ever since.
Overlapping, there’s a strawman trend among some AAs to refute plain facts with labels such as “pop psychology” or “…being set sideways on the potty when you were being toilet-trained…” The first chase to cut to is each social interaction is at its root either fear-based or love-based, to *sometimes* include tough-love.
July 22 picked by me out of the book Understanding the Twelve Steps by Terence T. Gorski:
“Those who are not serious about recovery don’t work the steps. It’s just that simple.” *
* My partial disagreement as my first comment to this post.
Retired professional wrestlers recover from addiction via The Accountability Crib and 90 meetings in 90 days:
July 21 from Daily Reflections by AA World Services Inc.:
A PRICELESS GIFT
“By this time in all probability we have gained some measure of release from our more devastating handicaps. We enjoy moments in which there is something like real peace of mind. To those of us who have hitherto known only excitement, depression, or anxiety—in other words, to all of us—this newfound peace is a priceless gift.”
– TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 74
July 20 from Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life by Joe C.
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass . . . It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene
July 19 from Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life by Joe C.
“Do not value either your children or your life or anything else more than goodness.” – Socrates (469 BC– 399 BC)
“A bit of folk wisdom heard around the rooms is ‘anything you make more important than your recovery, you will lose.'” – Joe C.
July 18 picked by me:
“AA’s 2011 census showed 2,133,842 members, 88,086 less than a decade previous. 72 So where are the newcomers going, and why aren’t they staying? Or is it one old-timer trading his 2.6 Meetings a week for each newcomer that arrives? Either way: no growth, according to AA’s census. Over half of all groups and members are in the USA, whose population increased from 250 million to 312 million over 20 years ending with 2012. That’s a 25% increase in population, so as a percentage of the population, AA membership in the USA has dropped 25% in twenty years.”
– Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life by Joe C. on the July 17 page
“You can only keep it by giving it away.” – Heard around the tables
July 16 from Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life by Joe C.
“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and Forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength.” – August Wilson (1945– 2005)
July 15 from Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life by Joe C.
“Since nothing else has worked for them, many believe that the Steps are mystical and magical and as a result, these same persons fail to search for and identify the underlying principles that make them work. Working the Steps can create the miracle of sobriety but the miracle isn’t magic. The miracle occurs because working the Twelve Steps allows people to use powerful principles of recovery. Those who are willing to dig beneath the surface and truly understand the principles upon which the Steps are based are better able to use the principles in their lives.” – Understanding the Twelve Steps, by Terence T. Gorski