AA ‘Big Book’ – Quote
It relieved me somewhat to learn that in alcoholics the will is amazingly weakened when it comes to combating liquor, though it often remains strong in other respects. My incredible behavior in the face of a desperate desire to stop was explained. Understanding myself now, I fared forth in high hope. For three or four months the goose hung high. I went to town regularly and even made a little money. Surely this was the answer – self-knowledge.
But it was not, for the frightful day came when I drank once more. The curve of my declining moral and bodily health fell off like a ski-jump. After a time I returned to the hospital. This was the finish, the curtain, it seemed to me. My weary and despairing wife was informed that it would all end with heart failure during delirium tremens, or I would develop a wet brain, perhaps within a year. She would soon have to give me over to the undertaker or the asylum. – Pg. 7 – Bill’s Story
Hour To Hour – Book – Quote
Is yesterday something that you worry about? Some yesterday? Whatever its mistakes, faults, blunders, or pains it has passed forever beyond your control. You cannot erase a single word or deed from your ‘yesterdays.’ On this road of recovery, we find it best to simply worry about right now.
Right now I am safe. Right now I am abstinent. Right now I am not harming myself. Right now I am relying on a Power Greater then myself to see me through this.
My Interaction with My World
I elicit a particular response from the world about how it sees me based on what I’m putting out there. I get a response, then I take in that information, process it well or badly, consciously or unconsciously, and it becomes a part of me. A part of my wiring psychologically, emotionally and spiritually. Who I am is a product of who I am. Those of us who had great starts in life are lucky, but all of us can do a lot about who we are, and forgiveness is one of those tools that has the power to transform our lives. There’s much more to it than meets the eye, more work and more benefit.
– Tian Dayton PhD
Pocket Sponsor – Book – Quote
There will be times when people around you act like absolute jerks. If they are a jerk and the problem is with them, time will reveal it. Likewise, if you are the jerk and the problem is with you, time will reveal it. Do the next right thing and give time time.
Today, I don’t let assholes rent space in my head.
“Walk Softly and Carry a Big Book” – Book
How we treat others is a consequence of the depth of our own spirituality.
Time for Joy – Book – Quote
I do not need to know anything about this day beyond this moment. This moment is perfect just as it is and I can handle anything in this moment. My Higher Power gives me all the strength I need today to handle whatever comes up in this moment.
Alkiespeak – Book – Quote
I had nowhere else to go. I crept into the meeting I’d gone to before I’d decided I could still drink. I’d hit rock-bottom. Drinking and sobriety were both unbearable. I sat in the back row, ready to flee again. There was an odd man who I’d seen before at the meeting. He never mixed with anyone. He’d spotted me come in and after a time he came and sat closer than I’d seen him sit next to anyone – still a few rows away, but close for him. Anyway, I stayed through to the end of the meeting. I didn’t hear much, I sat there, lost, not knowing what to do, where to go. I noticed this man had moved closer, four or five seats away, and he said: ‘Are you all right?’ I said, ‘ It hurts.’ And he said; ‘I know.’ Then he moved off. That’s all I could have taken then. And that’s all it took: One alcoholic reaching out the hand of AA to another. No matter how shaky either hand was. – Anonymous woman. Australia.