My brain whirled. I might have done terrible things, and I wouldn’t even know it. ~ pg. 223 Big Book, 3rd Edition Perhaps one of the most frightening aspects of drinking for me and countless others was the “black out” drinking. I would awaken to strangers, in scary places I would never go to sober,… Read More Strange Dreams
Amazingly, God did for me what I could not do for myself. I was to ask, using steps 9, 10, 11 and 12 on a daily basis. ~ Anon If AA were a treatment center, steps 1, 2, and 3 would be the emergency room. Where a lot of detox, testing and surveying goes on… Read More Daily Work
I am simply too busy looking for a blinding revelation from the heavens or the fireworks, that I do not notice the miracles inherent in step #9. ~ Anon I did not experience many oh wow feelings. I was not blinded by awe. Nor was I bowled over by any reactions to step #9. I… Read More Miracles of Step #9
As long as we have not forgiven people for the harms they have done us, we will find it impossible to make sincere amends to them for our side of the conflicts. ~ AA wisdom I wish I could tell you that I have done this recovery thing perfectly, but I have not. I wish… Read More Forgive First
We complete our amends for our wrongful actions of the past by changing our actions in the future. ~ AA literature An old but apt saying is, “two wrongs don’t make a right.” It would be two wrongs if we were to go right back to the same old behaviors that got us in trouble… Read More Past Wrongs
Before I speak, think: Is it kind? Is it necessary? Does it improve upon the silence? ~ Anon In step #9, we are given a chance for do overs. I have told you before that a few years ago, I took on a G.O.D. that I believe allows for do overs. In AA, we are… Read More Before I Speak
Clearly, if we were going to remain sober and find serenity, we had to learn better ways of dealing with other people, ways that would bring us joy instead of pain. ~ Anon As we move through our step #8 list and start making amends in step #9, we can’t help but face our fears;… Read More Clearly!