The Paradox Box Welcome to the Paradox Box. It seems that our program is rife with paradoxes. At a meeting in Fort Dodge I once saw a sign on the wall that went something like this: “From weakness comes strength. We give it away to keep it. We suffer to get well. We… Read More PARADOX BOX
Prayer of Francis of Assisi I learned this prayer in church as a child. The language used by my particular denomination is only slightly different from the version printed in the “Twelve by Twelve” shown below. E.g., “instrument” versus “channel”; “injury” versus “discord”; or, “Divine Master” versus “Lord.” But the meaning is always the same… Read More The Prayer of St. Francis
If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will… Read More The Promises Tell Us That,
I’ve found that people choose their home group by what a particular meeting gives you. A group that you feel has something to offer. A feeling that you can progress within that meeting and with its members. In other words, a meeting where you already feel at home. When you choose that meeting as your… Read More Importance of a Home Group
You have to wonder if anyone appreciates parking lots as much as we alcoholics. Of course, I’m not talking about having a parking space. I’m talking about the way we gather outside the parking lot before and after our A. A. meetings. In fact, one reason why I dislike winter so much, and welcome the… Read More Parking lots.
My topic today is Resentment and how it is better to give than to receive a resentment. You may be thinking to yourself what do you mean by the word resentment. There are many definitions of the word resentment. One of my favorites is derived by breaking the word into it’s parts re- doing again… Read More Resentment
In more and more meetings today, people announce themselves as being an alcoholic and then whatever their second addiction may be: i.e. “I’m an alcoholic and a drug addict,” or “I’m an alcoholic and cross-addicted,” or “I’m chemically addicted and an alcoholic.” This identification process, which originates in treatment centers, has slowly crept into common… Read More I’m an alcoholic and a …………
When I am all about me my life becomes miserable. I don’t always recognize why things are not going well, but it usually boils down to the need to get out of my head. Meetings help me to do this because I am trying to listen and help others. It allows me at least an… Read More ME… ME… ME.