Meeting on Google Maps Plan

FYI: the intergroup and board are discussing using Google Maps for meeting locations on the website. Please ask your group for feedback and let AA Central Office:
1620 Pleasant Street
Suite 228
Des Moines, IA 50314-1640
515-282-8550 (24-Hour Service)
Toll free 1-800-207-2172

We need to know whether or not this would be something we want going forward.

Thx, JO

Meeting google maps

Chemical Peace of Mind?

A week ago, I fell on my behind and have been pretty sore since then. I have been accused of being a pain in the butt, so this gives new meaning to that phrase! It reminds me of an old timer in the meetings who used to say, “I have given up the right to have any chemical peace of mind”. How often we are encouraged (by advertising and well meaning advisers) to ask our doctor for this or that drug to mask a physical problem.  We do not want to bear pain. We hate discomfort. We also shun simple, drug free solutions in favor of the ease and comfort of sedation. As someone with long term, chronic pain, I know the desire well.

One of the things I have learned along the way is that I cannot afford another addiction. I cannot depend on addictive substances to make my life easier or pain free. There are options out there that have worked for me. One of the best pieces of advise I got was “move it or lose it”. Exercise helps stimulate the endorphin hormones (what makes us feel good) and keeps the body in motion. Simple solutions such as ice or heat, eating well, and getting a massage, etc. will service to soothe the body.  And, it will keep us sober. Isn’t that what we are here for? Please write and let me know what your experience with dealing with pain has been like.


Step #6 Word/Promise

All of our steps contain a key word and a promise. In step six, the key word is willingness. The idea that we can just switch gears midstream and become model citizens overnight is silly to say the least. It has been my experience, that the more I try to reform and do good, the more I get tripped up. That old swearing off and swearing on business never got me or anyone sober for long.

The promise of step 6 is a wonderful one: the freedom from running the show. I told you I had been in a angry snit for months until lately. It finally dawned on me, that I am not in control of the situation, the outcome, or the final judgement. My anger served no useful purpose and just mad me hard to live with. I often say, and this certainly applies to step 6: “There is a loving and merciful HP, and it isn’t me. The more I try to control and manage people, situations and things, the more I struggle with my sanity and peace. May the promise of not being in charge come to you today. Let me know how you apply step 6 to your daily life.