AA ‘Big Book’ – Quote
In the early days of our drinking we occasionally remained sober for a year or more, becoming serious drinkers again later. Though you may yet be a potential alcoholic. We think few, to whom this book will appeal, can stay dry anything like a year. Some will be drunk the day after making their resolutions; most of them within a few weeks. – Pg. 34 – More About Alcoholism
Hour To Hour – Book – Quote
It is a good idea to take five minutes to reflect on our situation while we go through the beginning stages of abstinence. For many of us the battle is acute withdrawal, pain and confusion. ‘Taking five to revive’ can be very important to our focus on survival.
As I ‘take five’ give me the thoughts necessary to carry me forward.
Today, I will become aware of that part of me that is separate and observes all that I say, do, think and feel. I have a witness within me that can become a very useful part of my life. Watching my behavior with a little bit of objectivity will help me to see myself as I really am. I will look with a compassionate eye. Just as I know it is not right to hurt others intentionally, it is equally not right to hurt myself. I recognize the godlike nature within me and others – we are all a part of the same Higher Power. By allowing my mind to watch itself with no thought of controlling or participating, I can learn a great deal about the way I work.
I am an uncritical observer of my own inner workings.
– Tian Dayton PhD
Pocket Sponsor – Book – Quote
There will always be people who did worse than you and always people who do better. You can use comparison to prove anything you want: that you lack thus and such or that you are better than so and so. We learn not to compare our selves and our stories, but to identify.
I identify, I don’t compare.
“Walk Softly and Carry a Big Book” – Book
No matter how much sobriety you have, you will never rise above the level of human being.
Time for Joy – Book – Quote
I am learning new ways to deal with all that comes up in my life today. I am letting go of all negative ways of dealing with stress and anxiety that are harmful to my mind and my body.
Alkiespeak – Book – Quote
I’m never going to forget about self, but the Big Book tells me that I’m supposed to be of maximum service to God and my fellows – I’m not even mentioned. And in that process, I’m of maximum service when I’m focused on others; folding chairs, emptying ashtrays, making coffee, a commitment at my home group. As it says: ‘Our very lives as ex problem drinkers depends on our constant thought of others.’ What do they mean by that? They can’t possibly mean that we’re supposed to constantly think of others. Could they? Who’s going to think about me? – Chris C.