Tag Archives: A.A. program

The home stretch – my 2nd-last post

One of the rewarding results of writing this gratitude blog has been the conversations with people who are curious about A.A.. Some have questions about the program itself, others want to talk about why they don’t like A.A., and others … Continue reading

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Last but not least … Step 12

The final Step in the A.A. program is: “12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and practice these principles in all our affairs.” For me, everything in … Continue reading

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It’s May again …

What a wonderful time of year! The smells of spring surround me, and I am greeted by birdsong each morning. Even if you live in an urban jungle, I hope that the change of season brings you renewed energy and … Continue reading

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Principles before personalities

In working on my blog, I’ve recently been thinking about the 12 Traditions of A.A.. Like the 12 Steps, these Traditions are read out at the start of every A.A. meeting to help us remember how A.A. works. The 12 … Continue reading

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Step 11: Attempting to live a spiritual life

For me, Step 11 of the A.A. program is all about maintaining a a spiritual life. The step reads: “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of … Continue reading

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Do whatever helps

Last week I mentioned that I rarely go to A.A. meetings these days. When I first sobered up, I went to meetings regularly. Some people have found going to 90 A.A. meetings in 90 days a great way to get … Continue reading

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Breathe, just breathe

Some people have asked me if I can drink again after 25 years of sobriety. I really believe I can’t because my addictions are still present in my life. I have days when some of my old negative thinking is … Continue reading

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“Sorry” is a powerful word

Step 10 of the A.A. program is: “Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.” For me, taking personal inventory is all about being honest with myself. Early in my drinking and drugging days, I … Continue reading

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‘Tis the season …

As we approach the holiday season of Solstice, Christmas, Passover and Kwanzaa, many of us feel sad. That has definitely been true for me. What has often made me feel sad is loss: loss of people who had passed on, … Continue reading

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Step 7: It’s All About Letting Go

The 7th step of the A.A. program is: “Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.” “Humbly asked” – that might sound simple. But to be truly humble, I had to let go of pride. My drinking and drugging was in … Continue reading

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