AA ‘Big Book’ – Quote
We never, never try to arrange a man’s life so as to shield him from temptation. The slightest disposition on your part to guide his appointments or his affairs so he will not be tempted will be noticed. Make him feel absolutely free to come and go as he likes. This is important. If he gets drunk, don’t blame yourself. God has either removed your husband’s liquor problem or He has not. If not, it had better be found out right away. Then you and your husband can get right down to fundamentals. – Pg. 120 – To Wives
Hour To Hour – Book – Quote
The reality of our illness is simple, we have it! Once we see that we have the disease of chemical dependency, then we can admit that we are addicted to whatever, and then we can accept the help we are offered.
I accept my humanness and accept my non-perfection in order to accept the help of those in recovery.
Today, I see that I can’t release something just because someone tells me that it is the right or nice thing to do. Until I have moved through an internal process of identifying honestly what is going on with me, I can’t really let it go. Honesty means that I am willing to be responsible. Whatever negative characteristics may have become a part of me from living with unhealed pain are, unfortunately, mine to deal with now. Projecting and blaming will not get me closer to getting rid of them. If I do not own my feelings, they will own me.
– Tian Dayton PhD
Member Submitted Quotes
Faith is not belief without proof; it’s trust without reservation. ( Sarah J. )
Misc. AA Literature – Quote
Deep down in every man, woman, and child is the fundamental idea of a God. It may be obscured by calamity, by pomp, by worship of other things, but in some form or other it is there. For faith in a Power greater than ourselves, and miraculous demonstrations of that Power in human lives are facts as old as man himself.
‘Faith may often be given through inspired teaching or a convincing personal example of its fruits. It may sometimes be had through reason. For instance, many clergymen believe that St. Thomas Aquinas actually proved God’s existence by sheer logic. But what can one do when all these channels fail? This was my own grievous dilemma.
‘It was only when I came fully to believe I was powerless over alcohol, only when I appealed to a God who just might exist, that I experienced a spiritual awakening. This freedom-giving experience came first, and then faith followed afterward–a gift indeed!
Pocket Sponsor – Book – Quote
If you meet more than three assholes in one day, you need a meeting. If you meet more than four, you need a meeting and to call your sponsor. Any more than that and you better be reviewing Steps One, Two and Three real hard.
When too many assholes get in my way, it means I need a check-up from the neck up.
From “Walk Softly and Carry a Big Book” – Book
At the start of meetings we always ask, ‘Is there anybody new or coming back?’ We should also ask, ‘Is there anybody old and going out?’
Boy – I’m going to give you a couple of minutes…. to try and imagine – how little I care, about what you think of me.
And how important this realization is going to be – to the rest of your sobriety.
Sobriety is not between you and me – It’s between a God of my understanding and me. To thine own self be true.
Sharing God’s gifts with you – feels good. Possibly His little way of motivating me to continue to do it.