From the BlogMeet Ron

MAY, 2016 HEARD AT MEETINGS

My sponsor told me that I had to quit saying “I think.” anon   
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 I figured if I drink a pitcher of water with every pitcher
 of beer I would feel really good.
 Then I became a bed-wetter.anon    
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 Is it good for me in my sobriety?        
 If it’s good I go that route.anon
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 Alcohol works really good for me till I turn 15.anon
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 He came into the room with my big book and asked me
 “what the hell is this?
 I said “what the hell do you think it is?”anon 
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I ask the lady “what the hell does 
Hewlett-Packard have to do with AA?”  anon 
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It never occurred to me even once that I drink too much.anon 
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I had not wanted a child but it doesn’t take long
 to love your own baby.anon 
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When I came into the program my future opened up.anon 
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Today I can walk down the street without looking over my shoulder.anon
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My uncle and grandfather both died back in the thirties from alcoholism.anon
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 I have I have one Uncle who died with 36 years in the fellowship.anon
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 I had no idea that’s just going to meetings with save my life.anon
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 Two of those frogs made a decision, just like you, said my sponsor, then he said  “they made a decision, they didn’t jump off.”anon
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 It doesn’t matter how you got here, the important thing is to stay.anon 
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This old guy, sort of like Ron here, said ” you have a chance for a good life if yo don’t f*** it up.anon 
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I’ve been here two days now and when I don’t go to meetings I treat my wife lousy, the waiters, etcetera,.anon
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 My good friend with 30 years went out, he came back because he felt it was only going to get worse.anon
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I get to be my Father’s son again, thanks to you.anon 
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It always stymies me when I see people in the
 booze isle trying to make a decision.anon 
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I had a sister who didn’t speak to me for 24 years. 
After I came into the fellowship she became one
 of my best friends and we have a wonderful life today.anon 
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Everything is a lesson or a blessing and all lessons are blessings. Anon 
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I was looking in park and saw all the family’s doing
 barbecue and I thought” where’s mine?” and today 
I have the most random family anyone can possibly have.anon
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 If you’re confused about the God thing don’t worry
 the steps will lead you into it.anon 
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Sewing machine oil fish beautiful to be asked to come
 somewhere because there was a time when no one wanted me.anon
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 This is me, you get a cup of coffee and a slice of
 Heaven for one hour.anon
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 I also know that those doors are always open and
 they don’t do it by themselves, there is always
 someone here to love us when we’ve never been
 Loved Before.anon
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I came to Oahu from the big island in a blackout.anon
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 I went to Vietnam and there you had to have a hard
 heart in order to survive. I came home with that same
 hard hard and didn’t eight years in prison.anon
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 I had a lot of chances but a hard heart and alcohol got the best of me.anon 
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I was on my way back to prison and some guys came
 and got me and took me to my first meeting.anon
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 I sat there in that first meeting well I was detoxing 
from alcohol white-knuckling it.anon
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 Little by little I got less meaner and started becoming more loving.anon
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 My sponsor told me not to go out there and spread the gospel, 
you will scare them away.anon
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We will make friends that we have for our lives around here. Meet the people we want to spend our lives with, have children with, grow old with.
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I woke up one morning with a woman shoe. 
I have no idea where it came from.
 I still have that shoe.anon
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 I didn’t want to dig up the past, I had no idea how
 my perspective would change.anon 
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I went to meetings and you folks wouldn’t defects 
of character in my mind. Again, awareness.anon 
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My sponsor said “I’m not sure I’m doing the right thing.
 My sponsor said” how can you do the right thing wrong.?”anon 
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This program is the best investment on Wall Street.anon
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 I’m still in the adolescence of meditation.anon 
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I have to remember that little hot air or dissipate a pink cloud.anon 
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This is a program of days.anon 
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They told me to get in line, take a number, 
and follow the guy in front of me.anon 
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“He said go to page 89,”I did, and “I said wow how
 did you do at that? And he said” I just picked a number.
 I don’t memorize it any page will do.”anon
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 I woke up with my wife, the bed was dry, 
and my money was where I left it the night before.anon
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My first meeting an old-timer said “welcome,
 get an oar start rolling.” anon
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 One guy said he had two choices,
 one is moving toward a drink, 
the other is moving toward God.anon
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 I found that the rocks in my head matched the holes in hers.anon
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 I’m a megalomaniac with an inferiority complex.anon
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 She told me that I was a project not a partner.anon
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 PhD stands for piled-high deeper.anon 
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He told me that it was my ego self fighting with my Soul Self.anon
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 I don’t take medicine anymore because I have reclaim to myself.anon
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Be a friend who can listen. Sometimes that’s all that’s needed.anon
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From my experience, people who have wondered
 if they have a drinking problem, probably do.anon 
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The idea of coming to a day was really scary,
 the big unknown.anon
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 It’s about staying sober in spite of old habits.anon
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 I Found the courage to make a commitment to myself,
 I did, and life is much better.anon 
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S*** happens, no matter what, you play in it or you clean it up.anon
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 The steps are like armor, they will protect you 
when things get rough.anon 
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I have eaten s***, so I know what s*** taste like.anon 
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If I wasn’t an alcoholic I would drink all day.anon 
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I really didn’t want to share because I’m in the middle
 of a self pity party.anon
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I came here because I loathed myself.anon
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I thought it said in the big book to just throw my bread
on the water and I’d get back a ham sandwich,
 or maybe it was peanut butter.anon 
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Hell, people at the homeless shelter didn’t want to hang with me.anon”
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My wife’s contractions were coming fast so I went
 got some booze and pot and it was a false alarm.anon
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 My wife’s contractions are coming faster and faster 
so I had to get some work booze and pot and it was 
another false alarm.anon 
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One more time and I did the same thing.anon I feel 
like I’m an analog man living in a digital age.anon
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I like to drink, I was that girl that was the last one standing.anon
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I got a second driving under the influence in my last month of drinking. 
My last one was my last drink.anon
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 The positive things that have happened to me in 
sobriety I wouldn’t trade for anything.anon 
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I couldn’t drive my kids to school, my dad had to drive them.anon
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 If I have a bad consequence, I know it’s going to 
make me a better person.anon
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 Today I tried driving just my car in traffic.anon 
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Religion is about the wouldas,shouldas and couldas .
 Spirituality is about perfection.of.anon
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People often deserve love the most 
when they deserve it the least.Chuck C.
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I was walking along and Ding! 
Jim the ass-hole popping out again.”anon 
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” Happiness is not all stimulation and orgasms.” anon
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 I can only see to the end of the block,
 but God can see around the corner.” anon
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” I have a popcorn head, it’s going off all the time.” anon
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” I’ve got momma drama all over the place.”anon
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“If your knees knock kneel” anon
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“I do not like to pray everyday,
so I’ll just pray on days that end in Y”anon
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“I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle.anon
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I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.”anon
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“You can only stop drinking by stopping drinking.”anon
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“My seventh step prayer I call my
” keep you mouth shut Ron,
keep your mouth shut.””anon
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“Obsession; the idea that overcomes all other ideas.”anon
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“I couldn’t fire my sponsor because I never paid him.”anon
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“There was a time when Gordon’s and Jim beam came
pealed off their labels and came and sat beside me.”anon
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“The old ace in the hole is to simply stop.”anon
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“The only requirement for AA is the desire to stop drinking,
not the stopping itself.”anon
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“All that expansive thinking was as airy and fluttery as
a butterflies wing.Not that I remember any of it,
it meant nothing. I wasn’t the smartest
girl in the room after all.”anon
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“I spent the night p…..ing off of the back porch.”anon
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 ” We were all in that boat of emotions
 and I thought we were sinking.”anon
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“If your knees knock kneel” anon
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” I turned my best thinking over to a HP.”anon
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“I do not like to pray everyday,
so I’ll just pray on days that end in Y”anon
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I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.”anon
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“You can only stop drinking by stopping drinking.”anon
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“My inability to stop began to outweigh
the pleasure of drinking.”anon
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“My seventh step prayer I call my
” keep you mouth shut Ron,
keep your mouth shut.””anon
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“We made the reversal and saved our lives.”anon
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“I couldn’t fire my sponsor because I never paid him.”anon
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“There was a time when Gordon’s and Jim beam came,
pealed off their labels and came and sat beside me.”anon
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“The old ace in the hole is to simply stop.”anon
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“The only requirement for AA is the desire to stop drinking,
not the stopping itself.”anon
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“All that expansive thinking was as airy and fluttery as
a butterflies wing.Not that I remember any of it,
it meant nothing. I wasn’t the smartest
girl in the room after all.”anon
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“I spent the night p…..ing off of the back porch.”anon
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 ” We were all in that boat of emotions
 and I thought we were sinking.”anon
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“It’s amazing how long you can look through a cocktail glass
before you realize it’s a watery definition.”anon
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“I saw that the dust on the floor was last nights furniture.”anon
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“Once I decide to have a drink,
all my neurons put on party hats.”anon
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“I had blown out the neurons in my brain.”anon
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“I have no rights, I have no expectations,
nobody owes me anything everything I do is for free,
for fun, I love you all and I know that you love me.”anon
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“I believe in God Almighty and the Golden Rule.
Everything else is just crowd control.” anon
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“Recovery is not something you get,
it’s something you work for.” anon
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” Recovery is about discovery. “anon
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“I was leaning against one of the 12 Coconuts trees
and counted only eleven,then I realized that
I was leaning against number twelve..”anon
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“For an alcoholic, one martini
is a contradiction in terms.”anon
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“I am not guilty; I am accountable.” anon
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“Being humble isn’t that we think less of ourselves,
it’s that we think of ourselves less.” anon
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“My life is my gift from “GOD”.
What I do with my life is my gift to “GOD”anon
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“It’s amazing how long you can look through a cocktail glass
before you realize it’s a watery definition.”anon
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“That saw that the dust on the floor was last nights furniture.”anon
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“Once I decide to have a drink,
all my neurons put on party hats.”anon
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“I have no rights, I have no expectations,
nobody owes me anything everything I do is for free,
for fun, I love you all and I know that you love me.”anon
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“Recovery is not something you get,
it’s something you work for.” anon
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” Recovery is about discovery. “anon
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“For an alcoholic, one martini
is a contradiction in terms.”anon
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“I had a blond bimbo act going when I got here
and the group almost laughed at me.”anon
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“I am not guilty; I am accountable.” anon
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“Stick with the winners, don’t drink, and go to meetings.
This is a keep it simple principle.”anon
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“It’s the opening day of Boozeball season, and the bartender
gets ready to throw out the traditional first drunk!” –anon
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My experience is that life is a
hell of a lot better without alcohol.anon 
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AA, it’s been a lot better to me than I have been to it.anon 
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The phenomena of craving,
 it can only happen if you take that first drink.anon 
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My sponsor said to me, 
“how can you handle life if you have
 no experience being sober.”anon 
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All I know is that I don’t know and that’s when I call my sponsor.
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 I can’t do this thing alone.anon
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I have a problem, I’m a knee-jerk alcoholic.anon
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 But I just like to drink, I didn’t know I was an alcoholic.anon
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 In Ireland I started drinking at 11 or 12.anon
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 I didn’t stop until I was 29, until I got sober.anon
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 I would get into fights after two or three beers. 
It didn’t take much to get me drunk.anon
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 I had no idea I had lost the Power of Choice.anon
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The Pope looked me in the eye and I thought to myself 
“things are going to get better.” 
They didn’t it got worse.anon
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 I had this Epiphany that God could
 do for me what I couldn’t do for myself.
 I stopped praying to the Pope and prayed to God.anon
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 I was on the window Ledge in
 my friend grabbed me by my hair.anon
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 I used to dance with my Character defects,
 I used to take them out to dinner.anon
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 Today those same defects have to wait
 in line and by the time they get to the front of th line
 I’ve already talked to my Higher Power.anon
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 Finally the only branch of military that
 would take me was the Marine Corps.anon 
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I ended up in Psychoclusion.anon 
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I realized, somewhere along the line, 
that as I planned my life,
I was adding alcohol in the mix.anon 
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My sobriety date is October 1979.anon
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 I was walking along the ocean going
 through the steps and I looked over 
and saw you here and I thought
 “there are my people.”anon 
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In the material world seeing is believing but in
 the spiritual World believing is seeing.anon
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 I have a lot of time but it’s only valuable
because I have a lot of experience.anon 
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My sponsor told me I had one minute to tell
him what the problem was and the only answer
 I got from him was “what is your reaction to that?”anon
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I thought that I had been angry all my life. 
Turns out I was afraid.anon
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The Big Book says, ‘Our stories disclose in a general way…
‘ My sponsor told me that this means that when I share at a meeting, 
it should be a TWELFTH step, not a FIFTH step.
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I used Alcoholics Anonymous has a higher bottom.anon 
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Instead of running away from alcohol
 I ran toward the promises.anon
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 I saw that bedevilments and then the promises 
and I said to myself “f*** that, I’m going for the promises.”anon
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 When we come here the water is dark and 
then after a period of time, the water is blue.anon 
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When I understand the problem things get a lot better.anon 
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Sometimes my head gets up long before I do.anon
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 I find it incredibly stupid when someone tries to
 prove something that they say doesn’t exist.anon
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 One day I said to my sponsor, I don’t know if I can
 keep coming back tothese smoking meetings. 
He said” “you went went into those smoky bars didn’t you?”anon
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I waited 7 years to get even with a co-worker 
and then I had to go back and clean it up.anon
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 At four years old I could tell time,
 at eight and a half I still couldn’t tie my shoes.anon
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 I find it if I bring my body and my mind will follow.anon
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 The universe knows the size of your heart,
 even though you try to hide it.anon 
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When Bill and Dr. Bob met AA member 3,
 it was the first successful hospitals and
 institutions meeting.anon 
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God didn’t shut the door on me, 
I shut the door on God.anon
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 When I tried to do the Serenity Prayer
 I ended up yodeling it.anon 
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As a kid I made pineapple mash and 
when the Cockroaches died I knew it was ready.anon
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 I go by the name I gave you,
 but when I got arrested I gave them another name.anon
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 An old timer told me that my name was on one of the chairs.
 When no one was looking I would turn the chairs over trying
 to find it. How long does stupid last?anon
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I said my life is like a soap opera.And she said 
“you have to ask yourself who wrote the script.”anon
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 This program is hard when you know it all.anon 
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A transformation is a shift or a change.anon
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 It is better to ride a horse in the direction it’s going.anon
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 So I quit doing everything but drinking at the age of 12.anon 
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I don’t have to pay the bartender to get sick anymore.anon
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 Wow! Has my attitude changed.anon
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 My sponsor was an ex-monk, we called him the drunk monk.
 He had gotten drunk and beat up another monk.anon 
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My girlfriend who I have known since the seventh grade ,
is drunk and that reminds me of “can’t Stop.”anon
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 I saw all the liquor in my friends cabinet and it
 brought back all the Nostalgia.anon
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 My father dragged me to meetings.
 I went to my first meeting in 1951.anon
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 This very moment I’m grateful for because 
I made it to a meeting.anon 
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Thank God for the stories I hear in the fellowship.anon 
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They used to say Here Comes as#@$%^ when 
I walked into meetings.
 Now that I’ve been there a long while and changed
 I’ve gained their respect and been given my own first name back.anon 
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I have no experience with control drinking.anon 
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I just wanted to come here and check it out and go back out. 
But! Light bulbs started coming on.anon
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 In the treatment center they started raising my bottom.anon
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 I realize that if I stayed with you guys everything would be o.k. 
None of my old friends have been calling.anon
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 The front the first part of 1 and the second part 12 is 
worth a call to stepping.anon
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 I can miss the first part of Step 12 having had a 
spiritual experience as a result of these steps.anon
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 I grabbed onto gratitude, a home group and a 
sponsor who was nothing like me.anon
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 I finally got through the steps and get to know myself.anon
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 I thought of giving my 5th step to someone on the beach.anon
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 My sponsor could see where I was going
 and how I was doing it.anon 
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You don’t get an award for not drinking, 
you get normal.anon
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 I like to say that Alcoholics Anonymous takes a
bunch of broken people, losers, and put them 
back together.anon 
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If we stay in our head we can implode.anon
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Feelings are like visitors,
 they come and they go.anon
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I was a scientist and I wanted to see the 
effect of alcoholism so I became the subject.anon
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 I felt really bad, I thought I was failing the
 experiment and thought I was going die.anon
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 Talk about the family afterwards,
 I get to be a father to my children.anon
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 Alcoholics Anonymous is a good way to spend time, 
you carry your own prison with you anyway.anon
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 I thought if I can lay down the other stuff I could drink. 
It was like a screen door on a submarine.anon
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I know I have one more chance to go out,
 I don’t know if I can make it back again.anon
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 I got thrown out of San Quentin for
 being a bad influence.anon 
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Whenever I said I was an atheist, 
I was waiting for a strike of lightning to hit me.anon
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My mind was like a full cup of coffee, 
I couldn’t get any more in.anon
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 I remember this one guy said he was an agnostic or an atheist and every morning he gets up and he says “whatever.”anon
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 The gift was that I felt comfortable at my very first meeting, I identified with them.anon 
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Self-seeking will slip away, that was really hard for me.anon 
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I met my wife in on a Alcoholics Anonymous hiking trip, 
if you look at me I’m not a hiker.anon 
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I’m grateful for all that God shots I get in the fellowship.anon
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I’m reminded that it’s my job to carry
 the message not the alcoholic.anon
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 I’m a loophole kind of guy and the 5th tradition kind of closes the loopholes. Anon 
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When you begin to value your life you will be free.anon
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My sponsor reminds me that although I want to be the star of every show, more often my part is a walk-on non-speaking role.anon
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I passed out in the kitchen and my wife
 was passed out in the living room.anon
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 I was born an alcoholic and I did a lot
 to nurture that nasty disposition.anon
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 I wasn’t a very good drinker but then again,
 I did persist.anon
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 Drinking helps me be more social,
 it gave me wings to fly.anon
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 I felt like I wasn’t worthy of a higher power.anon
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 I needed someone who was a gentle to me, 
I was already full of self-condemnation.anon
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 I’m trying to learn how to trust my intuition again.anon
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 Actually I didn’t drink because I liked to alcohol.anon
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 I met a guy who had gone to Alcoholics Anonymous
 and there was really something very different about him.anon
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 You can hear a million little things and then
 one tiny thing grabs you and won’t let it go.anon
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If you drink every day out there then 
go to a meeting every day in here.anon
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 Even if you don’t get something out of someone’s
 share try and realize that someone else will.anon
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 I just made 15 years of sobriety and I realize
that I need to do more participation in my own sobriety.anon
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 I was always too drunk to deal with my own life.anon
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 There was a man with at the 12 coconuts this morning,
 he had had 30 years.anon
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 A man came to a meeting and said 
“I can’t do this I’m a Loner”, 
my sponsor said
 “we are all loners sit down and join us.”anon 
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Which today I realized that all my ups and
 downs are up in my head.anon 
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Change the word alcohol to thinking.
 Do you find yourself thinking first thing in the morning?anon
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 After 30 days into Treatment Center against
 the advice of the staff I checked out.anon 
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The world record for sobriety is 24 hours.anon
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 A guy came to visit me while I was in a
 Thai prison and I looked into his eyes 
and realized that I wanted what he had.anon 
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I bought a big Cadillac,
 my wife calls it a lead sled.anon
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 I got to know my mother better by drinking with her.anon 
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As long as there’s a power greater than
yourself there’s no argument from me.anon 
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While in combat I passed out from drinking
 and the next morning someone said
” wow! that was one hell of an bombardment wasn’t it last night?”
 and I said “what bombardment?”anon
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