AA ‘Big Book’ – Quote
In the spring of 1940, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. gave a dinner for many of his friends to which he invited A.A. members to tell their stories. News of this got on the world wires; inquiries poured in again and many people went to the bookstores to get the book ‘Alcoholics Anonymous.’ By March 1941 the membership had shot up to 2,000. Then Jack Alexander wrote a feature article in the SATURDAY EVENING POST and placed such a compelling picture of A.A. before the general public that alcoholics in need of help really deluged us. By the close of 1941, A.A. numbered 8,000 members. The mushrooming process was in full swing. A.A. had become a national institution. – Pg. xviii – 4th. Edition – Foreward To Second Edition
Hour To Hour – Book – Quote
As we learn to accept our disease, our circumstances and what we must do to recover, we come to realize that although we may not have control over these situations, we do have control over how we react to them. Bill W., co-founder of 12-step programs, wrote ‘We neither ran nor fought. But accept we did. And then we were free.’
I chose to accept this wonderful opportunity to grow spiritually and know this ‘new freedom and new happiness’ of which they speak.
Today, I know that no one from my past needs to see things the way I do for me to get better and move on. Trying to convince others of what I have learned through my own journey can be an exercise in futility and delay my progress. First of all, each of us has our own truth that is unique unto itself. Second of all, each of us is at a different level of understanding and acceptance of who and where we are in life. Each member in my family had different experiences. That I thought we somehow matched up was an illusion. We each experienced our childhoods in our own way and have a right to our own perceptions. I do not have to get anyone to see it my way in order for me to feel comfortable. My truth is my truth, theirs is theirs.
I honor my own experiences and personal truth, as well as those of others.
– Tian Dayton PhD
Pocket Sponsor – Book – Quote
There is a difference between sharing our experience and imposing our opinions on someone. A sure way to set yourself up for a ‘slip’ is to be convinced that others will slip if they don’t listen to your opinion.
When my opinion means more to me than my sobriety, I set myself up for a SLIP (Sobriety Loses Its Priority).
“Walk Softly and Carry a Big Book” – Book
In AA, we surrender to win, not to whine.
Time for Joy – Book – Quote
‘Faith is the thread we hang on to when our life is falling apart’ – Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse
Sometimes faith is right there, holding us up, keeping us light so that hard times feel manageable. And other times we have to ‘act as if’ we have faith to get through the tough times. We have to pray for faith.
It feels so good to know that no matter what is going on today, I have the faith to know that my Higher Power is guiding and supporting me.
Alkiespeak – Book – Quote
For an alcoholic, drinking alcohol is like dancing with a gorilla; you’re only finished dancing when the gorilla says so. Tom W.