From the BlogMeet Ron

HEARD AT MEETINGS JULY 2016

HEARD AT MEETING JULY 2016

The alcoholic facade is all smoke and mirrors and lacking of substance. In the void of that meaningless despair is low-end esteem followed by grandiose thinking to mask the feelings of worthlessness. Mundane and fruitless lacking vision leading to a life of misery. We have found an easier softer way and even though undeserving of a reprieve due to wreckage we rise from the narcissistic ruin to lead amazingly blessed lives full of love, compassion and depth.
From a dear friend from after Junes comment on being mundane.Anon
P.S. copied from face book in response to last months commentary by myself.Thanks Dear Ones.

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I would take the back roads but they were
residential areas and I put everyone in danger. Anon
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I took a friend of mine to a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous.
I said I wasn’t an alcoholic and someone said why not quit
drinking for 90 days. Anon
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I’m very controlling and it’s very hard to give
my power over to my Higher Power. Anon
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You have a pretty good life my sponsor said,
you get to plan your day.
Every moment of the day you’re calling the shots. Anon
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If it wasn’t for step three I would have taken
offense by what my sponsor said to me yesterday.
It was very personal and I felt offended. Anon
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I say it’s my last sobriety date because
if I go out I will not be able to make it back again. Anon
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Are these extravagant promises,
yes,very extravagant from where I came from. Anon
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I was just thinking man, there was nothing
I couldn’t think my way out of. Anon
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I never lost a job over my drinking,
I don’t know why, but I’ve had the
same job for 37 years. Anon
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My dad gave me a drink at seven years of age
and said “don’t tell your mom”
and that sealed the deal. Anon
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I’m thinking that and I couldn’t think
my way out of this disease. Anon
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If I wasn’t drinking I was always thinking
about drinking and you could say that
I was thinking of drinking 24 hours a day. Anon
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I was at the point where I needed to have someone
tell me to go to the meeting and then I would. Anon
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This person would tell me what to do and I would
do it and the result was always catastrophic.
That person was me, so don’t listen to me. Anon
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Am I cured now? No, the answer should be obvious. Anon
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I started out as a bitter while girl, to become insane
to being the lady you see today. Anon
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My whole demeanor started to change,
I was terrified about giving up my self-image. Anon
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Once I decide that something is right, it is always right. Anon
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I was able to realize that there’s more
than my opinion in the room. Anon
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You say some really good things coming
from that beautiful package. Anon
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Somewhere there’s a switch that says
others are entitled to their own opinion. Anon
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Now I have the time to look back on the past
and realize that it was just a bunch of dumb and stupid stuff. Anon
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Women talk about the past and the poor choices they made,
I realized I was a poor choice.anon
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I walked up and took a white ship and everyone gasped.anon
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I thought I was having fun until all my friends
started to grow up and I wasn’t. Anon
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The happiness with the booze?
There wasn’t any.anon
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I would always pick excitement over Serenity. Anon
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I got drunk and someone said
“you can always get back on the horse
or you can quit and be embarrassed”. Anon
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My liver was giving me some problems
and I asked the doctor
“what could be the reason?”anon
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I wanted to be an engineer and build Bridges
because then you can get over it. Anon
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I used to swear at people under my breath
when said they had had a spiritual experience. Anon
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I had convinced my wife that I could control my drinking. Anon
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I had stopped doing my morning devotions
of reading and praying and begin to think maybe
I don’t belong in Alcoholics Anonymous. Anon
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My wife drink near beer I drink the real stuff. Anon
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I took a drink and talk to myself there goes seven years,
and I continue to drink. Anon
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I had half-halfheartedly worked the
12 steps and knew how to say but
my sponsor wanted to hear. Anon
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My sponsor said that he’d been too smart
and it thought himself out of
Alcoholics Anonymous several times. Anon
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Even though I wasn’t at a nuclear scientist,
they still didn’t want me to drink on the job. Anon
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I’m not saying I don’t get depressed,
I really cooked my melon good. Anon
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Alcoholics Anonymous is like a chess game,
every time I would make a move, sad, happy, there
was a piece of Alcoholics Anonymous there. Anon
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When I got sober I wanted to save the world,
today I do it one person at a time.anon
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Service is getting on the phone and calling the newcomer. Anon
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I also get voluntold by my sponsor. Anon
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My sponsor told me to get into service and
the only reason I did was that he was the
only person talking to me. Anon
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I got a ticket for speeding and the cop asked
me where at where was I going so fast.
I said to an AA meeting.
He gave me the ticket and said
“now you have something to share about.” Anon
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I really don’t remember why I was a
blackout drinker but I was. Anon
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I came out of church putting on my game face
and I knew I was done drinking. Anon
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I never drink for the taste of alcohol only for the effect. Anon
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I did martial arts, lifting weights, and it was
all for looking good on the outside. Anon
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I looked and felt like a tiny little rat. Anon
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My mother was murdered when I was six months
sober and the people in Alcoholics Anonymous
reached out to me. That was when the obsession left. Anon
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I became the person I hated in Alcoholics Anonymous.
I wanted to punch all those smiley faces.Anon
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My home looks like a crime scene. Anon
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People ask me why I have moved to Hawaii
and I say have you ever been to New Jersey?
It’s like dropping acid when you get off the plane here. Anon
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I went to prison at 49 and it was something very different,
“white boy goes to prison.” Anon
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During the meetings that I was out smoking
by the dumpster with the other dumpster divers
and then I would walk back into the room and
give you my opinion. Anon
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The First 3 steps are not so bad but in the fourth
you had to start giving up some s***. Anon
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Something happened as a result of steps
4 and 5 and it was just there I begin to forgive myself. Anon
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I said what I got from steps four and five was that
I have a right to be on this planet. Anon
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Now that I’ve been sober a while there’s
always more that I can do with the
steps, traditions, and Concepts. Anon
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I had no idea how many things went
into having a meeting. Anon
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15 years sober I still want to people please. Anon
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The first time I came to this meeting I
Found You Folks by accident. Anon
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Not all of us are grouchy old timers. Anon
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I would spin around and around in the
parking lot until I threw up. Anon
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I was totally dependent upon other people. Anon
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I never wanted to hang out with anyone I
thought I was better than me. Anon
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I Drank Alone a lot. Anon
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I hung with a lot of burnouts, that way
I could feel better about myself. Anon
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Had my first meeting there are a lot of Old-Timers,
and there are I was sitting in denial isle Anon
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I never drank for the taste I always
drink for the effect. Anon
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My counselor told me that I wasn’t going
to stay sober and I thought to myself,
” I’ll show him.” Anon
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As time goes by I get better but I’m
not a finished product. Anon
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Learning that everyone doesn’t see me
the way I see them has been one of the
biggest lessons in my life!
Unrealistic expectations can swallow you up! anon
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Believe in miracles. They are all around you. anon
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I was going to show this guy how much
I loved him and I gave him the black eye.anon
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When I came too the next morning I
asked him what happened to his eye
and he said that I said I loved him
and then I had slugged him.
That’s what comes from having five brothers
and being the only girl in the family. Anon
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I tried to be all the things you guys wanted me to be. Anon
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I went all over Canada creating wreckage. Anon
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I was working in the oil fields and
this old guy was always very nice to me very kind. Anon
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I was caught drinking on the job and
he said I needed to get help.
I was ordered into treatment. Anon
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I don’t know what kind of bullshitters you
guys are a when I push it I like to cry. It works. Anon
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I Heard a Voice say you don’t have to do this.
I left and it was snowing and it was coming down
really slow and I thought wow!
I had a Moment of clarity. Anon
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A girl I was trying to help died and my sponsor
said that she died so that I could stay sober. Anon
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I felt like I was in the vortex in my life
is going down down down. Anon
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Happy anniversary you and I have a bond
out there on the line,waiting for the next wave. Anon
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I talked about the 13th Step which
means you get a new Harley. Anon
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My family fights always ended up on the front lawn. Anon
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I told people we were doing community theater. Anon
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I was very unhappy as as child but and
everything I did everything with a smile.Anon
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He told me he was absent from school
when life lessons were passed out. Anon
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I thought God hated me because he
didn’t give me what I wanted. Anon
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At the meeting they told me to just ask God for guidance. Anon
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I’m just a drunk, liar and a thief,
just like the rest of you. Don’t laugh. Anon
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I was stealing sugar long before I drank.
I was on a sugar high. Anon
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At 13 and got kicked out of the bank for
forging that $5,000 check. Anon
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I remember getting drunk and the puka
( hole) went away. Anon
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My mind would have killed my body a
long time ago but it needed it for transportation.anon
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You guys were describing how you felt
when you weren’t drinking. Anon
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At my first meeting I sat there and
thought to myself, oh my God they know.
And if you had asked me what they know
I would have said I don’t know but they know.anon
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I didn’t go to prison but I wasn’t a prison to myself. Anon
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Normal people don’t hide bottles from themselves. Anon

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I was a special Aids teacher and my mind said it’s okay to drink. Anon
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Today I’m highly respected as a teacher. Anon
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I still have to deal with my own head. Anon
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I’m still trying to establish on my Higher Power in my life. Anon
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I’m able to enjoy life today. I’m able to enjoy people
and I don’t have to drink or worry about taking a drink. Anon
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I lived in my car with my two dogs.
Today I’m trying to buy a house in the
San Francisco area and it’s really expensive. Anon
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I married a girl I met in sobriety and
today we’re buying a home. Anon
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Today I get to apply this program to my life
and I get to reap the rewards of the good life. Anon
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I recently lost two brothers to this disease
and I didn’t have to drink. Anon
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I got sober in prison,and these days it’s
called extended treatment. Anon
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My vicious circle is getting bigger and bigger
and I was getting smaller and smaller. Anon
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I came to Hawaii for fresh air and no traffic. Anon
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I don’t want to call you an alcoholic, but,
did you ever get up and leave the bar
after two or three drinks? Whoops! anon
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Some people call moving a geographic.
I called it “unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.”anon
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My first drink was in Mickey’s big mouth,
I was 14 felt good and started talking about girls. Anon
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My relapse lasted 3 hours and I didn’t even
know I had taken a drink after eight and a half months. Anon
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My therapist said “you think you’re smart don’t you?”
I said “I am,” and he said “where did that get you?” Anon
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I have never seen a sign in the room
that said” just figure it out”. Anon
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Because of my reputation as a thief,
no one ever wanted to loan me they’re board. Anon
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I’ve learned that my fear and ego are
the activators of my defects. Anon
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I was a lone dog kid, never enjoyed
being around friends. Anon
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I had to pick and choose my friends. Anon
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When I drink I would dance and be crazy. Anon
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Eventually I was drinking to just
before the sun rose. Anon
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Where would I be if I weren’t in fear
of people, places, and things. Anon
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I told my sponsor I was a Rebel Without a Cause
And he said “no you’re a rebel without a clue. Anon
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I was kind of a figment of my step moms imagination
and when I got pissed off I paid for it. Anon
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I heard all the stuff like if you don’t watch
out you’re going to turn out like your mom. Anon
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I thought maybe I could join the Army and get a trade. Anon
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I hit a couple of guys on motorcycles and
one guy ended up with one leg shorter than the other. Anon
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I decided I’d better join the Army. Anon
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I was working for Mobsters and  the head
saw the need to bring me into the family. Anon
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All I could see was this for me.
I couldn’t stay I had this awesome dad,
and another people who love me. anon
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Who was the bad guy,
I didn’t do alcohol like a gentleman. Anon
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I would blame my behavior on my schizophrenic
father who killed himself when I was 12. Anon
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I celebrated my first year here under
the 12 coconuts 8 years ago. Anon
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Going to a meeting with 50 men I didn’t
know I had I stood up and everything just
spilled out of me. Anon
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Fortunately we don’t do this alone. Anon
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I have integrity today, and a friend says
he lives as if somebody is always watching him. Anon
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God wanted me there at that moment,
at the right time, to identify with him
as my father had committed suicide also. Anon
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I always have a reason to get to a meeting,
giving a ride, mentoring, always have a good
reason to be here. Anon
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I remember one day waking up and
there was no fear. It was okay to be me. Anon
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God gave me a 17 year old step daughter
and my mom calls it Poetic Justice. Anon
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I’ve made a lot of empty promises, as has most of us.anon
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My sponsor told me that my thinking
doesn’t make me a sociopath. Anon
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I’m one of those people who have regrets,
I didn’t do the things that I wanted to do. Anon
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People along the way have told me to help myself,
especially if you’re going to help others. Anon
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Those people from the bar are never
there for you, it’s like shitsville,
but here it is awesome. Anon
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I have a head full of the past and
a head for a little future but the only
thing that works is being right here, now. Anon
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I really got pissed off when I had to pay all
this money for a treatment center and they
took me to an AA meeting twice a day
where everyone was going for a buck. Anon
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He hugged the life of Alcoholics Anonymous in to me. Anon
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I did a lot of two-stepping, first step into a step. Anon
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When I drink I get thirsty. anon
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There’s a space between everything
that binds me to the all of you. Anon
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I started crying and they all came and
put their arms around me. Anon
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I wasn’t a bad person, I was just in pain,
especially after I quit drinking. Anon
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I did something I thought was inappropriate.
The next day I broke my ankle. Anon
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 My life is really good, not perfect,
but very good. Anon
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I can do anything as long as I can
acknowledge that I don’t do it alone. Anon
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I’m a big fan of drunk-a-logs.
I need to know that I wasn’t the only fool out there. Anon
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When I stopped having three martinis for after lunch,
I started producing.Everyone else was drunk. Anon
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We’re not special at all, I just got into
emission from this disease that was trying to kill me. Anon
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Sometimes I Cry and have no idea why. Anon
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I have this black eye, it wasn’t very dramatic,
I fell out of bed. Anon
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When I heard that term, terminal uniqueness,
I knew I was home. anon
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I never thought I had a drug or alcohol problem.
I always thought I had a police problem.anon
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Being the mental defect I am,
I have to come here to learn how to live life. Anon
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I’m like a bull in a china shop,
my mouth goes off before my brain. Anon
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Someone with a sick mind can’t
get a sick mind sober,
I just agree, that’s why I’m here. Anon
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He said “do you know the difference
between a high bottom and drunk
and a little bottom?”
I said no, he said “six feet.” Anon
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My sponsor said I had to separate my
thinking problem from my drinking problem. Anon
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My home group is called something happens. Anon
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I’m a real alcoholic so I don’t have a problem with alcohol. Anon
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I would come to Alcoholics Anonymous and say that I was a drug addict in the beginning, hoping that you would kick me out, but you didn’t.
Anon
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Did I Drink Alone? Of course I did.
I didn’t have enough for anyone else. Anon
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My mind is sick and that tells me
I can’t think my way sober. Anonymous
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I need that since of awe, Wonder and love. Anonymous
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We all have the same last name, Anonymous. Anonymous
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I was afraid I was going to get brainwashed
and she said maybe your brain needs washing. Anonymous
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I thought you were going to teach me how to drink. Anonymous
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I can’t afford to isolate. anonymous
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There were people at that meeting to
talk about the feelings I was feeling. Anonymous
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I have no learning curve around alcoholism. Anonymous
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I have a fatal form of insanity. Anonymous
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When are am I going to drink, what am I going to drink,
when are we going to drink, what am I going to drink all day
long, that’s the pop quiz in my mind. Anonymous
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When I read the agnostic papers I’m
always looking for a third choice. Anonymous
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I would miss behave in public, fight in public,
but me praying in public was embarrassing. Anonymous
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Are you have useful to anyone?
These are the problems I have to work out. Anonymous
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I hate the words calm down. Anonymous
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I see people in the fellowship walking through
the aisles looking at the prices on the bottles
touching your bottles and that’s petting the monster to me. Anonymous
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Watching the lights come on with people is
the great Catalyst for me. Anonymous
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In regards to the big picture I would
still try to negotiate it. Anonymous
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I know that there was something outside
of me that brought me here. Anonymous
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I opened a book and it said you have already
found what you’ve been looking for. Anonymous
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My sponsor said “maybe there is something
outside of you that has a more important job
for you than sitting in prison.” Anonymous
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Sometimes they fall off the beam but
Harry L, the founder of The Malia group,
said that’s why we come to meetings
to get back on the beam. Anonymous
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The group is still bigger than I am.
It’s not about control. Anonymous
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The greatest gift I’ve been given since I got sober,
is not the good life I live,
but a Higher Power in my life today. Anonymous
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I don’t have to worry about money
, money is not my master, it’s my service. Anonymous
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I came to believe that He has always
had his hand on my shoulder. Anonymous
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When I Was Here seven years ago I was a mess.
My family was totally distressed. Anonymous
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I didn’t realize that this is a life-or-death thing. Anonymous
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They wanted to test me in the treatment center,
and I said 6 days a week. I was proud. Anonymous
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For the first two years I sometimes
went to five meetings today. Anonymous
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My mind gives me a disease to perception
and my mind can go to really strange places. Anonymous
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When I take that first drink it’s like
putting Miracle Grow on my defects. Anonymous
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I didn’t have a healthy relationship with God at all. Anonymous
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Tell me I’ve had enough and I’m gone. Anonymous
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I had never known what A.A. was about,
I never got in the middle. Anonymous
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Working with others use gratitude in action. Anonymous
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I’m as willing as the living can be. Anonymous
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God never got me drunk, I got me drunk.
God only gives me love. Anonymous
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My sponsor said
“let go and the universe has you.” Anonymous
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I was bitter about the custody deal
but when his father died,
I was grateful that my son spent
his last two years with him. Anonymous
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Some of the negatives are a
blessings disguise. Anonymous
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I said screw it because my ego
was starting to repair itself. Anonymous
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I can think I know how things
are going to turn out. Anonymous
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I go into a spiritual make-believe and all
of a sudden God lives in my life. Anonymous
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I didn’t know I was an alcoholic
until I got here. Anonymous
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Today I do this program to the
best of my ability. Anonymous
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He told me that all I have to do is go to a meeting
for 90 days and if I didn’t want what they had,
they would refund my misery. Anonymous
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I know I didn’t need a gin Kamikaze because I had
stolen some of yours when you were drinking. Anonymous
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I was so disconnected from my family that I
would look for adoption papers.
I was under 10 years of age. anonymous
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I drove drunk in a blackout with the
very people I loved. Anonymous
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My relationship with my family and
friends was totally disconnected. Anonymous
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I totally believe in my heart that acceptance
is the way I have to live, good or bad,
I have to live as God wants me to. Anonymous
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Alcohol was my lover until it quit working. Anonymous
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Today It is okay to be me. Anonymous
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When I got here I had three identities,
have gotten over that now with a little
help and realize that we are all one. anonymous
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We all need one friend who understands
what we are not saying.anon
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You know I’m an alcoholic I’ll promise
anything. Anonymous
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It wasn’t until I got into the center of the
vortex at my life begin to change. Anonymous
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This old-timer told me to just sit on my hands. Anonymous
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She told me that my light was too bright
to be a victim anymore anonymous. Anonymous
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This program is giving me instructions
on how not to be in pain anymore. Anonymous
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After my first meeting I immediately
started to inventory myself. Anonymous.
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At 60 days I was drowning and had
what I call a euphoric spiritual experience. Anonymous
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I have learned that my will is congruent
the suffering. Anonymous
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I had what facilitates this abandonment to a
spiritual experience and is it that this is always on me.
How God uses me is what facilitates this abandonment
to a spiritual experience is always on me.
How God uses me today is for my Liberation. Anonymous
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When I plan I know the outcome,
leave it to God and it’s anything. Anonymous
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She wants to go to Disneyland,
happy wife, happy life. Anonymous
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Before Alcoholics Anonymous I always
carried my history on my back. Anonymous
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I’m a teacher at an elementary school,
my father was a teacher and my grandfather 
was a teacher.In Japan they tell us we have to be a teacher. Anonymous
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When I was drinking I could not accept myself
and after the fourth and fifth steps,
I accepted myself and who I am. Anonymous
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By sharing with you I have this feeling of accountability. Anonymous
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I’ve also learned that life is not a
resting place it’s a testing place. Anonymous
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I consider it an honor to stand up here and
speak at a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. Anonymous
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There was a lot of fellowshipping in the
fellowship and I found myself a fellow. Anonymous
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I look for what was wrong with me in
the hopes of finding that I wasn’t an Alcoholic. Anonymous
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I didn’t get in trouble every time I drink
but every time I got in trouble I had been drinking. Anonymous
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The subject is love and love trumps fear. Anonymous
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It’s funny I called it a party but I
ended up in the closet with a gun. Anonymous
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If you’re afraid; try doing the third step
prayer over and over. Anonymous
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Had a hard time reading and I saw
the chapter to the wives and I said
well I can have two wives.
My sponsor said it was to their wives. Anonymous
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I had that Misty mobile self-esteem. Anonymous
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I don’t have a problem with drinking today.
The obsession has been lifted and so have I. Anonymous
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I don’t know why,but I kept coming back,
maybe it’s the robotics of the thing,
I’m not too bright. Anonymous
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I put money in the basket because
I’m investing in a quality of life. Anonymous
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There were a lot of fears that I didn’t
know were there. Anonymous
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I checked into detox and wanted my
own room and a television. Anonymous
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I remember this guy who had flatlined
and they had an IV in his arm, he snuck out,
got some heroin, and put it in his IV.
I thought to myself, wow! That was so cool. Anonymous
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I know how to drive a car, I had watched my mom drive,
but when I first drove a car, I was amazed at the power.
It’s sort of like the fellowship. Anonymous
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I believe that fear is an insult to God. Anonymous
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Fear is there but still you keep doing the doing. Anonymous
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Whenever you get sober that’s the
best time to get sober. Anonymous
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When I got sober they said that there
was a lack of faith. Anonymous
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I’m really a very satisfied customer of
Alcoholics Anonymous. Anonymous
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I still have some left over cocaine, for God sake,
who has leftover cocaine. Anonymous
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When I was 4 years old I was arrested by my dad.
He was a military police. Anonymous
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I rarely share, because I like sharing from the heart. Anonymous
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My first sponsor and I never worked out,
he had never called me. Anonymous
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What I heard at that meeting was the
lady driving home on the rims of her car.
That got my attention. Anonymous
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I didn’t know that I had to deal with feelings. Anonymous
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Everyday I ask God for just one day, today.
I know I have to stay in an hour. Anonymous
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
439 Nahua Street #2
Honolulu, Hi 96815
iamronrichey@gmail.com
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