AA ‘Big Book’ – Quote
In our belief any scheme of combating alcoholism which proposes to shield the sick man from temptation is doomed to failure. If the alcoholic tries to shield himself he may succeed for a time, but he usually winds up with a bigger explosion than ever. We have tried these methods. These attempts to do the impossible have always failed. – Pg. 101 – Working With Others
Hour To Hour – Book – Quote
When intense cravings for our drug of choice overwhelm us, we immediately talk to another person in recovery, even late at night and people are going to bed. Our program teaches us to rely on each other and they will welcome the contact!
Give me the strength to contact another clean and sober person BEFORE I think of satisfying that craving.
Acting As If
There will be times when I do not feel up to things, when there seems to be too big a gap between who I think I am and who I want to be. I believe in being true to myself, in being basically honest. When I first try something new, it may feel as if I am trying on an article of clothing that doesn’t quite suit me. But there is nothing wrong with acting ‘as if.’ I may need to practice new behaviors in order to become comfortable with them. Sometimes, when I allow myself to act ‘as if,’ the old me sort of falls away and makes room for something new. Children do this all the time, trying on different roles and playing with them. There is no reason to commit myself to a limited view of who I am.
– Tian Dayton PhD
Pocket Sponsor – Book – Quote
Do not pay any attention if people accuse you of inconsistency. Of course you are! How else can you change? You cannot progress if you can’t change and you can’t change if you’re always consistent. Practicing new behaviors is sometimes seen as inconsistent-be proud.
Practice makes progress.
“Walk Softly and Carry a Big Book” – Book
We do it the old fashioned way, we earn our recovery.
Time for Joy – Book – Quote
I can accept whatever I am feeling today.
Without resistance my feelings pass and I am then open to experience whatever is next.
Alkiespeak – Book – Quote
You can’t save your face and your butt at the same time. – Unknown Origin.