AA ‘Big Book’ – Quote
So our rule is not to avoid a place where there is drinking, IF WE HAVE A LEGITIMATE REASON FOR BEING THERE. That includes bars, nightclubs, dances, receptions, weddings, even plain ordinary whoopee parties. To a person who has had experience with an alcoholic, this may seem like tempting Providence, but it isn’t.
You will note that we made an important qualification. Therefore, ask yourself on each occasion, ‘Have I any good social, business, or personal reason for going to this place? Or am I expecting to steal a little vicarious pleasure from the atmosphere of such places?’ If you answer these questions satisfactorily, you need have no apprehension. Go or stay away, whichever seems best. But be sure you are on solid spiritual ground before you start and that your motive in going is thoroughly good. Do not think of what you will get out of the occasion. Think of what you can bring to it. But if you are shaky, you had better work with another alcoholic instead! – Pgs. 101-102 – Working With Others
Hour To Hour – Book – Quote
When there is no way to get away from us, when we can’t get high enough to turn off the pain anymore, when we are worried and confused, then maybe it is time to try another way.
Right now I surrender to another way. Right now I will not get high and will walk this new road.
Today, I allow myself to experience my fears as fears, and not dictate or color my life circumstances because of them. They are real, and it is understandable that I have them. Healing mobilizes my deep fears, and they come up more intensely than ever. This is a part of my process of growth, and growth is not neat and tidy. When I am very afraid, I will comfort myself or seek comfort from someone else. I will understand that I am afraid and that even though I fear the worst, the worst will not necessarily happen. My feelings feel very powerful inside me, particularly when they have been repressed and are surfacing after many years, but they are not facts. I can survive my fears and understand that they will pass.
– Tian Dayton PhD
Pocket Sponsor – Book – Quote
One thing recovery teaches us, is that you can keep going long after you think you can’t. This is because you are stronger than you think. You have the accumulated strength of millions of clean and sober Twelve-Step members to bolster you.
I keep on keep’n on; I keep on trudging.
“Walk Softly and Carry a Big Book” – Book
Criticism and finding fault are not spiritual gifts.
Time for Joy – Book – Quote
I celebrate myself today. I am alive. I am growing. I am willing to do all I am able to do to be the best of who I am.
Alkiespeak – Book – Quote
I agree with the first speaker in that any answer you may want may be in the Big Book but sometimes the book may send you outside of AA to get the things you need to survive here. – Bob E.