From the BlogMeet Ron


We are each so much more than what some reduce to measuring. 
–Karen Kaiser Clark
Our society places great emphasis on how well each person is doing. It makes us judgmental and competitive. As children we may have thought that our real value was measured by the grades we got in school or the scores of our baseball games. As grown men we continue measuring our worth by things like the size of our wages, the model of the car we drive, or even how many months or years we have in recovery.
We can’t stop the measuring, but we are in a program that helps us step outside this system. We seek to know and do the will of our Higher Power, which is beyond the limitations of such measurements. Submitting our own will to our Higher Power releases us from the competition and the judgments in these games of measurement. Our loyalties are to values like honesty, respect, peace, and wholeness.
  Today, I will remember that my value as a man isn’t measured on a man-made scale .
AA-The extra strength allergy relief medication 
Important information pertaining to the use of AA:
· AA is an allergy relief program commonly used to treat and inhibit the use of alcohol and the common defects caused by alcoholism.
· AA is designed to reduce the symptoms commonly associated with alcoholism.
       · When taken as directed AA is known to substantially reduce the negative side effects associated with alcoholism
           such as : 
misery, depression, despair, remorse, guilt, shame, physical, mental, and spiritual maladies,  a mental obsession and a  physical allergy commonly known as alcoholism.
· We do not recommend that you use AA unless you are capable of being  honest and completely willing to give yourself to this simple program. AA is available for use by those who have a sincere desire to stop drinking.
· CAUTION: AA will impair your ability to consume alcohol. If you are on any other medications such as alcohol or any other mind altering substance we suggest that you discontinue use  immediately  as this will cause a substantial reduction in the effect caused by AA.
· Some of the most common side effects  associated with AA are:
       Honesty, Hope, Faith, Courage, Integrity, Willingness, Humility, Brotherly love, Justice, Perseverance, Spirituality, and Service. A spiritual awakening and a psychic change have been reported in most cases.
· If you are experiencing a resurrection lasting more than four hours, you needn’t seek medical
      attention, as  you may be experiencing the initial effects of AA.
· AA has no negative side effects on pregnant women or women who are nursing.
      · To reduce your risk of chronic relapse, a lifestyle change maybe recommended. In 9 out of 10 cases practical    
           experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics.
· An increased risk of recovery and long term spiritual affects have been associated with AA. Consult your sponsor   immediately when changes do occur.
      · AA should be taken with plenty of open-mindedness and willingness. Do not take AA alone. Independent  studies   
             have shown that AA is most effective when working with others.
· Always remember it is important that you use AA only as prescribed:
1. Trust in God
2. Clean House
3. Help others
· WARNING: Do not skip doses or discontinue use as severe reoccurrence of fatal allergy symptoms may occur.
· AA is recommended for long term  daily use. Prodigious results have been found in those who continue long term use of AA. As with all allergy relief medications some results may vary, sometimes quickly sometimes slowly.
· For more information and to learn more about the AA 12 step program of recovery and alcoholism we suggest you contact your local AA community directly ,retain a sponsor, and read the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Gordon R.
If you’re not enjoying your Sobriety it’s your own damn fault

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear not absence of fear. 
–Mark Twain
 It is not unusual to feel afraid. It is unusual, however, to hear anyone admit to feeling afraid. Sometimes we think there are some people who are so cool and calm that they never feel afraid. This may make us think we’re not as good because we know how often we feel afraid. This is why it is important to think about what courage really is. It is not the absence of fear. Courage is not letting fear stop us from doing what we need to do.
We might have to get up in front of a group to give a speech. We could give in to our fear and not give the speech, or we could admit our fear to those who love us, and then go ahead and do the best we can. To go ahead in the face of fear is courage.
What am I afraid of?
Editorial On the 12th Step 
“Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”
Very few of us know the exact hour and date we had our spiritual experience, and some of us are not conscious of ever having had one at all. However, our changed personalities and perspectives are definite proof that “something” happened to us somewhere along the line as those who knew us “when” will attest.
A.A.s refer to the 12th Step as “working with others,” and this means we try to help the other person work out his or her problem. From our vast fund of knowledge on the subject, gained from our own actual experiences and often under similar conditions, we are peculiarly qualified to exercise that sympathetic understanding that only another alcoholic can have and which is so important in talking to a person who, like ourselves, is allergic to alcohol. This is the crux of the success obtained by groups throughout the country. This A.A. program, which is responsible for our own sobriety, and for giving us a new lease on life, was handed to us on a silver platter and without monetary cost. It is our bounden duty, therefore, to pass it on in the same manner to those who want it. It was not intended for us to keep to ourselves.
We are admonished to, “Go ye and spread the gospel,” and Webster defines gospel as: “Any doctrine concerning human welfare that is agitated as of great importance.” Surely, to us alcoholics it is of the utmost importance. We carry out the 12th Step when we share our gift by telling others of the help we have found, by lending encouragement to those who find the way difficult, by making calls when requested to, and by attending meetings to show to the sensitive newcomer that he or she is not alone.
Sobriety, however, is not enough and length of sobriety is not so important as quality of sobriety. The A.A. program is a design for living normal, happy lives, and it is necessary that we practice the principles of tolerance, patience, unselfishness, humility, and that we curb our all too human desire to criticize and bear resentment.
It is sometimes discouraging to talk to a person who does not immediately respond to our “pearls of wisdom,” but right there is where we exercise patience and realize that once the seed has been sown, John Barleycorn is our best salesman. Two years ago O.L. was called upon in New York City and after three or four meetings considered himself “cured,” and in no further need of association with the A.A. group. Last week I was called to a hospital here in Atlanta, to interview a patient who turned out to be my old friend O.L. who had sense enough to scream for A.A. and was now “ready” for the entire program. None of us can let our defenses down, for unless we keep everlastingly at it we are doomed.
Persons thank us for showing them the way, and relatives are inclined to credit one or another of us with the recovery of their loved one. It is then that we realize that “Of myself I am nothing” –and we thank the Power greater than ourselves for making us an instrument of His ways.
T. B. Atlanta, Georgia

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