From the BlogMeet Ron

AUGUST HEARD AT MEETINGS

I would tell my wife that I was going to the mall, 
grab a beer, go to my wife and say I couldn’t 
find any souvenirs. 
Anonymous
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 At my first meeting I had that rare and 
strange feeling that I belonged here. 
Anonymous 
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I immediately got a sponsor. 
Anonymous 
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Six months into the program I discovered 
to my amazement, that I was forgiven. 
Anonymous 
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You have a very long sobriety, 
you are not a teacher, you are a student. 
Anonymous 
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Every morning I say to myself, this is the 
best day I’ve ever lived in my life. 
Anonymous 
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Accepting God’s Will, that’s a tough one. 
Anonymous As hard as it hurts in here, in my heart, I don’t have the urge to drink. Anonymous 
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Step One is very important to me, 
all those other steps are to help 
put a chink in my armor. 
Anonymous 
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It’s a good day when I don’t let 
what’s up here come out here. 
Anonymous
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I discovered that I had the ability to solve
life’s problems, and not remember a thing. 
Anonymous 
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My boss came into my office and said it,
 we think you have a problem”, 
and I said ‘yes, Steve he broke up with me’. 
They said “not that kind of a problem”. 
Anonymous 
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It’s the unity of the program that helps
me to see my problems. 
Anonymous 
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I tried to get everything out of you folks and 
never gave anything of myself to you. 
Anonymous 
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I can still have those days where I can 
be a flaming a****** and I can now be
able to find myself through the principles of the program. 
Anonymous 
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I started smoking and drinking in middle school
 and people thought I was crazy and I thought they were. 
Anonymous 
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When my son was born I reached my emotional bottom.
Anonymous 
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I told her that I was smoking and drinking and 
wasn’t going to say that I had no days, 
and she said, never can tell, might be a small price to pay. 
Anonymous 
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I remember this guy said that there was 
50 of you guys here now, 
by the time we get through to the fourth step, 
40 will be gone and by the end of the we will
be lucky if there are 10 of you left. 
Anonymous 
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He said that you have to pray for the 
willingness to be willing. 
Anonymous 
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Pain drove me to acceptance. 
Anonymous
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When I finally surrendered not one of them judge me. ‘
They welcomed me home. 
Anonymous 
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Because of my control issues, 
the most important prayer for 
me was the Serenity Prayer. 
Anonymous 
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I’m responsible now to give away a little of what I got. 
Anonymous 
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I took up skateboarding and found myself on 
the ground with my foot turned 180 the wrong way 
anonymous 
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If you don’t know what the next right thing
is, do the next indicated thing, he said. 
Anonymous 
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There are times when humility sucks. 
I’ve had to start walking with a cane again. 
Anonymous
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That triangle is Arc Foundation of recovery. 
Anonymous 
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I’ve watched a couple hundred out alcoholics slip 
away from the meetings and found myself doing the same. 
I started to romance the idea of a drink. 
Anonymous 
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My wife remembers what it was like 
and she doesn’t want that. 
Anonymous 
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I discovered that every conflict is my 
instincts in confusion. 
Anonymous
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I found that if I could keep my focus on my my 
granddaughter rather than my daughter-in-law 
everything would be okay. 
My daughter-in-law was seething. 
Anonymous 
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For me it was the ability to learn from someone else. 
Anonymous 
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Service builds that inner strength so that I 
don’t have to go back out and try those 
Rough Waters again. 
Anonymous
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We’ve all stop drinking but still carry the disease.
Anonymous
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I was drunk everyday from 17 to 23. 
Anonymous 
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There is no way that I can repay this Fellowship fo
r what it has done for me except try and give it back. 
Anonymous
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I was raised a southern baptist and many more, 
my mother was a church addict, it’s amazing that 
I didn’t drown from all the baptisms. 
Anonymous 
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I said to my higher power, take me 
to where you want me to be.
Anonymous 
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We alcoholics take up a lot of space in 
emergency rooms, we are a real Class Act. 
Anonymous 
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I wanted to go surfing in my wife wanted to go shopping. 
She said go surfing, we can shop later. 
I decided to go shopping with my wife. 
Anonymous 
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I started drinking at 13 and it’s 16 I
called my grandfather and he told 
me to come to Alcoholics Anonymous. 
Anonymous
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 I would wake up in the morning 
and say ‘po ting me’. 
Anonymous 
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My higher power has never shoved a hot dog 
Through the Keyhole of my apartment. 
Anonymous
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I never think about what I’m going to share, 
but I don’t think much anyway. 
Anonymous 
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I remember that my first drink was fine wine, 
Thunderbird, when it went down I felt fine. 
Anonymous 
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When I was out to sea I was a good sailor, 
I went in Port and looked out the window, 
the ship had left without me, again. 
Anonymous
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I lost my stripes, three days on bread and water, 
in the hole, didn’t bother me, I was used to it 
anonymous
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 I became a bartender and all I had to 
do was for drinks and duck when the 
bottles were flying. 
Anonymous
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My wife was a six foot one Hawaiian lady
and when I called her to come and pick me up, 
she picked me up. 
Anonymous 
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At some level I wanted to be a good representative for AA, 
I’m not a representative, but life has worked out well for me.
Anonymous 
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That came about from saying yes when 
asked to do something in the fellowship. 
Anonymous
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I didn’t want to be in AA but I couldn’t stop drinking. 
Anonymous 
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My sponsor could look people in the eye 
while he talked to them, I couldn’t. 
Anonymous 
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The thought of ease and comfort that I had 
when I was going to get off work and get that drink. 
Anonymous 
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I always thought the people were judging me, 
I suffered a lot of self-centeredness. 
Anonymous 
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I ended up pissing in the booth and all the guys 
that I came with shook their hits and left. 
Anonymous 
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I wasn’t mangled from alcohol but it affected
me and every other way. 
Anonymous 
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Even when I would take one drink, 
the question would come up, 
why did I do it again. 
Anonymous
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I believed that if I quit drinking the fun in my life would be over. Anonymous
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 I knew that these guys knew what they were talking about and if I did what they did I would find happiness. 
Anonymous 
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After the meeting we would get in the car and talk s*** about others. But it did keep me from it going to meetings. Anonymous 
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I have found it if I don’t go to meetings I go back into self-centeredness. 
Anonymous 
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Faith, is the result of prayers answered for me. 
Anonymous 
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I said that the drivers can’t cut you out if you let them in. Anonymous 
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If you knew my suggestion was don’t make your boss your sponsor, you’ll have no one to complain to about the son of a b****. 
Anonymous 
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There is no cure but the big book says that there is a solution. Anonymous
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As an alcoholic I can get very, very down, 
life’s a b**** and then you die. 
Anonymous 
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I am who I am around Step 2. 
Anonymous 
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Sometimes I’m a beautiful person all right, 
and then I go and do what I want. 
Anonymous 
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It’s up to me to find out what I need to 
do to be happy, or possibly turn it over
 and then go do it. 
Anonymous 
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If I have a resentment, that,brothers and sisters
 is my higher power. 
Anonymous 
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I have to take the steps in order to restore myself to sanity. 
Anonymous 
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Maybe if I let God restore me, maybe, 
just maybe I’ll be better off. 
Anonymous 
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I get so caught up in my perception 
of the world around me, so I have 
to come here in here what you folks have to say. 
Anonymous
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I thought it, drinking, was normal growing 
up in an Indian family, then we moved to London. 
Anonymous 
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Today I’m not worried about the destination, 
I’m just enjoying the trip. 
Anonymous 
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tActually I got clean at the Dana Point, California 
men’s stag but I live in England now. 
Anonymous 
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Wow! There’s three different families here 
putting the children into the University of Hawaii Today. 
Anonymous 
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For me this is about learning about who I am. 
Anonymous 
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This last surrender this time was rough, 
I had a girlfriend who said I was okay. 
Anonymous 
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I said 21 coconuts, but it’s okay, I’m dyslexic as well. 
Anonymous
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My definition of an alcoholic was everything I wasn’t.
Anonymous 
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He asked me if I ever did anything that I was 
embarrassed about, ashamed of,
 and was alcohol involved, I had to admit that it was. 
Anonymous 
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I’m also here to drop my children off at the University of Hawaii. 
It’s good to know you’re here if they have a problem. 
Anonymous 
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My son told me that I was an asshole
 when I didn’t go to meetings. 
I was glad to hear that. 
He said you still have your moments. 
Anonymous 
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I’ve learned that when I have poo poo 
on my mustache to get to a meeting and get it off. 
Anonymous 
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For me, I had to get away from home 
because my family pulled all my triggers. 
Anonymous 
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My buddy couldn’t accept the program and 
on the 19th we will have his funeral. 
Anonymous 
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I call that committed committee my Kf*** radio. 
Anonymous 
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I laugh at what’s going on in my head sometimes, 
God’s having a good laugh also. 
Anonymous 
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I heard the word serenity floating around AA and I said what? 
There wasn’t much of that in my neighborhood. 
Anonymous 
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I have to remember that I came out of a nightmare 11 years ago. 
Anonymous 
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I even tattoo patience on my upper arm. 
Anonymous 
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I also have to get my daughter off to University of Hawaii Today.
Anonymous 
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There are at least three families today, maybe more, 
that are taking our children to the University of Hawaii Today. 
Anonymous
It took me two years for the obsession to drink left me. Anonymous 
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Today I can actually go outside and see things. Before, I was chained to the bottle. Did you know that there’s an ocean out there? 
Anonymous
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I guess you heard about the atheist who was all dressed up at his funeral but no place to go. 
Anonymous 
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A group of drunks, you are my higher power and I could live with that thought. 
Anonymous
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I know when I’m off, usually when my meeting schedule is off. Anonymous 
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I had everything I always wanted and remember saying to myself after graduation, ‘now I can drink anytime I want to’. Anonymous
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It never occurred to me that alcohol is a depressant. Anonymous 
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I was always trying to fix myself and today I feel okay. Long-time sobriety does that for you. 
Anonymous 
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I thought when I came into the room that my life was over and that The Jig was up. 
Anonymous 
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I had enough Clarity that day to hear something and relate. Anonymous
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I actually stole from the last restaurant that I was fired from. Anonymous 
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When I drink it’s all about me. 
Anonymous 
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Take alcohol away from me and I get worse. Every single nerve in my body is screaming. 
Anonymous
When I went to court for my DUI, there was 
always someone from Alcoholics Anonymous 
saying, ‘I’ll take him’. 
Anonymous 
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I got to my command and before 
I had even been checked in, I got a DUI. 
Anonymous 
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They called it 29 Palms, I took one out and came too in ER. 
Anonymous 
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I left the program and all I was was just a drunk without a drink. 
Anonymous 
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I am so thankful I didn’t get what I deserved. 
Anonymous 
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My dad was a certified drunk in the house, 
I had to sleep in cars at night to get away 
from all the drama and fighting. 
Anonymous 
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I grew up in a dry county in North Carolina, 
which meant that there was no booze in the stores.
Anonymous 
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I was 24 when I came here and not looking to live to 30. 
Anonymous 
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When I got here my plans for my life were dropping like flies. 
Anonymous 
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My boyfriend died in the Illikai Hotel, 
they dragged his body to the stairwell, 
because they didn’t want a dead body in the rooms. 
Anonymous 
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I didn’t go to treatment I came to AA. 
Anonymous 
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We’ve both been married twice and 
if it ain’t broke don’t marry it.
Anonymous 
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I have the best boss in the world, it’s me. 
Anonymous
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Fear had drilled a hole into my heart. 
Anonymous 
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I looked at the beer in the fridge, 
said this is the last time I’m going to drink, 
and went on another binge. 
Anonymous 
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At my first meeting I said I’m an alcoholic, and the desire to drink left me. 
Anonymous 
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That’s where my drinking ended and my journey and began. Anonymous
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Five days I was in denial thinking I knew all the answers, God showed me differently, I had a near-death experience and when I came out of the water I was trying to figure out what the hell it was all about. 
Anonymous 
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I’m responsible for only two things one is attitude and the other is willingness. 
Anonymous
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I didn’t come here because I wanted to stop drinking, I just didn’t want to feel like that anymore. 
Anonymous
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If I want to connect with people I have to be around people. Anonymous 
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The book is just a pointer common it’s not the truth, 
it’s a pointer to the truth. 
Anonymous
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I’m an alcoholic and love being on the dark side. 
Anonymous 
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I’m trying to be better than I was yesterday. 
Anonymous 
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I had a lot of f*** you’s in my head, 
I would listen to you, and say f*** you “
in my head. 
Anonymous 
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I couldn’t stop drinking, I would walk around the neighborhood with the f*** you’s in my head, well on the way to becoming the neighborhood crazy lady. 
Anonymous 
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I was standing in the kitchen and 
said to my wife ‘we’ll go out if you want me to 
stop drinking, it’s up to you’.
Anonymous
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I knew that this was not the life that I wanted, lying under the dining room table, feeling sorry for myself. Anonymous
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It never occurred to me that if I would just let go, 
I would have Serenity. 
Anonymous 
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My sponsor can teach me how to 
eat crow in a heartbeat. 
Anonymous 
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If I have a brilliant idea I better get on the 
phone and share it with my sponsor. 
Anonymous 
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I can’t take your inventory, but I can’t take mine, 
that’s where the growth begins. 
Anonymous 
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I tried to kill myself and was worried about 
my jeans when they try to cut them off. 
Anonymous 
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I may not know much about honesty but
 I don’t want to lie anymore. 
Anonymous 
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The road to recovery is still under construction. 
Anonymous 
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When I heard to thine own self be true, 
I had not a clue what it meant. Anonymous
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After 17 and a half years I came up with another good idea. 
They called my chief and said, your captain is in jail. 
Anonymous 
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I thought you were an alcoholic if you s*** in your pants, 
I never did that, that I know of. 
Anonymous 
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I was a Lutheran, I call it Catholicism light. 
Anonymous 
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My goal was to become a Captain by my 40th birthday. 
Anonymous 
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When you lose your folks you’re the Next Generation to go, 
so I have to get my s*** together. 
Anonymous 
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The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous his not perfect 
but it does create Perfect People. 
Anonymous 
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Welcome to the 12 coconuts, you have a homegroup in Paradise. 
Anonymous
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 The s***storm in my head pushes me to a meeting. 
Anonymous 
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He said, “where have you been?” and I said
,”you know that beer you gave me six months ago, 
I just finished it”. 
Anonymous
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No one is asking me to use my bar voice today./
No one ever asked me to do that in a meeting. 
Anonymous 
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Hell, I always used my bar voice.
Anonymous
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I was just ashamed to ask for help, I thought you guys were all losers. Anonymous 
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Today I can holler out I’m an alcoholic!, 
and be glad in it. 
Anonymous
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I was such a revolutionary pain in the ass. 
Today have made amends to my brother. 
He brought me over here for a vacation with him. 
Anonymous 
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I moved into the sober house as suggested by
my sponsor and no one did what I wanted them to do. 
This is where the step 3 came into play. 
Anonymous 
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He said to be the hole in the doughnut, 
donuts come and go but the hole is there forever. 
Anonymous 
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I hear about bad childhoods and I think, get in line,
but I’m not going to stay there. 
Anonymous 
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Doing the third step has opened the door to freedom for me. 
Anonymous 
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My sponsor said, look in the mirror, and I did, 
and he said, if there’s no power greater than that then your f****d.
Anonymous
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I went to treatment for 95 days, 
I went because I thought they 
would give me medicine so I could drink. 
Anonymous 
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At 40 I thought they would just throw me 
into the ground and bury me because 
no one knew me. 
Anonymous 
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My first drink was white lightning and it was good! 
Anonymous
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I didn’t want to come to Hawaii because 
I had seen Don Ho and on those posters 
and behind him were all these grass Huts. 
I didn’t want to live in a grass Hut. 
Anonymous 
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I was a redneck and just couldn’t put things together. 
Anonymous
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My happiness was elusive, I would be sitting on a ;
Bar-stool saying, ‘this is where I’m going to go, 
this is where I’m going to go, I’m going to go there,.’
I never left the bar stool until I got sober. 
Anonymous
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I lost the power of choice, 
I lived in places that were gross and disgusting. 
Anonymous
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I was in treatment for a year, I was just there for a bed. 
Anonymous
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 I didn’t know that all my actions were reactions to the world Around Me. Anonymous
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I was able to make amends to my dad and 
amend my way of life. My father died five months later.
Anonymous 
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I read page 83 through 88 everyday. 
Anonymous
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My commitment is a meeting one hour a day.
Anonymous 
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When I sobered up in Japan I thought 
that the Japanese government was 
trying to get me drunk. 
Anonymous
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At 18 and ran away from home. 
I had had a full scholarship to college. 
Talk about poor choices. 
Anonymous
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 Thank you for showing me how to not
put poison into my body everyday. 
I haven’t had the DT’s in over 4 years now. 
Anonymous
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My sponsor said when you’re coasting you’re going downhill. 
Anonymous
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The root of the word spiritual his ritual. 
Doing the same thing over and over and over. 
Anonymous
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By 20 I was sleeping on people’s couches and didn’t see the consequences of my alcoholism. 
Anonymous
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I first showed up at 17 and I qualified and they talked about God and I got the hell out of there. 
Anonymous
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At 37 I came back and the friend that had taken
me to that first meeting was still here. 
Anonymous 
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I found out from a Rastafarian on Hotel 
street that my mother had died 17 months earlier. 
Anonymous 
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Someone told me I needed to go to treatment 
and I had no place else to go so I went. 
Anonymous 
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The old liquid Choice is still available to me
but today I have multiple choices. 
Anonymous
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I found it my resentments kept me sick and away from God solution. Anonymous Today I don’t have to be spiteful or vengeful anymore. Anonymous 
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I made amends to them, 
but the amends were for me,
this is where my freedom lay. 
Anonymous 
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At least I’ve gotten rid of my don’t give a s*** er attitude. 
Anonymous
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I drank to feel wonderful until the price got too high. 
Anonymous 
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I had a choice of careers and chose alcoholism. 
Anonymous
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As a kid growing up if you looked up the word introvert, 
that was me,perfectly. 
Anonymous
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I was taken to court by my family and they 
put me on probation for 5 years. 
Anonymous 
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My decline was very gradual and
I couldn’t see myself going downhill. 
Anonymous 
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The hamsters in my head were fighting to 
see who was going to get on the wheel first. 
Anonymous 
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I quit drinking and felt like s***, 
but I heard something at a meeting 
that touched me. 
Anonymous 
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I need to come here to get spiritually fit, 
if I don’t, I’m in big trouble. 
Anonymous 
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I don’t know what you do when you leave here,
but he goes into his world and I go into mine. 
This is the way the fellowship follows me everywhere I go 
Anonymous
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I would have died if I hadn’t made it to the ER
and  there was a social worker who is finally 
able to find me a bed. 
Anonymous
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If I’m concerned with you, I’m not concerned with me. 
Anonymous 
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Concrete, Wa. doesn’t even have a stoplight 
but they know where they know where the 12 Coconut’s is at. 
Anonymous
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I didn’t know how I was going to live without 
alcohol or even if I could live without alcohol. 
Anonymous
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Everything I did included alcohol as a prerequisite. 
Anonymous 
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My home group is called NBC; 
for a nameless of this bunch of drunks. 
Anonymous
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 I believe that whatever gets you here, 
no matter what that bottom is, it’s your bottom. 
Anonymous 
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In treatment of had no clue what was going on. 
Anonymous 
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My second meeting I realized that all 
I really wanted to be was sober. 
Anonymous 
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Sometimes I call God Gus, great Universal spirit. 
anonymous.
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It’s like coming out of the cellar and saying isn’t life Grand?
Meanwhile all the people around you are hurting from your behavior.
Anonymous
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I felt like taking your inventory because
you wouldn’t listen to me.
Anonymous
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He said I could just as easily relapse
but the big book in my hand.
Anonymous
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I sat down with my children and listened
to them taking my inventory.
Anonymous
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I’m not from here but I’m grateful that you are here.
I could hide and Alcoholics
Anonymous
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I know what it’s like when the lights go out,
for me, you are the light.
Anonymous
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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