This is one of my favourites! An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, worry, …∞
A Spiritual Agnostic “We used to amuse ourselves by cynically dissecting spiritual beliefs and practices when we might have observed that many spiritually-minded persons of all races, colours, and creeds were demonstrating a degree of stability, happiness and usefulness which we should have sought ourselves. “Instead, we looked at the human defects of these people, …∞
The Dark Side of Goal-Setting. It’s worth bearing in mind the dark side of goal-setting so that you don’t stray from your overall aims. Goals can be useful, but they shouldn’t be too inflexible. Too specific: It’s easy to get stuck on a goal that’s too specific and lose sight of the overall aim. Goals …∞
Sister Ignatia epitomized the spirit of love, service, and honesty that today are the hallmarks of Alcoholics Anonymous.
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Humility – the most misunderstood virtue in the Fellowship of AA. To many AA’s the humble invoke a picture of a plainly dressed self-deprecating person, admitting to the possession of no particular talent’ usually taking the last inconspicuous place and being a doormat for everyone. This certainly is not a true picture of a humble …∞
Will power, will and higher power are terms discussed in 12-Step programs of recovery. I for one did not understand the differences between the various attitudes and actions I adopted. Then I came across something similar to the following and I was able to tell the difference between them – at least in theory. I …∞
Spirituality is a word used in an abundance of contexts that means different things for different people at different times in different cultures. Although expressed through religions, art, nature and the built environment for centuries, recent expressions of spirituality have become more varied and diffuse. This is reflected in the range of language used to …∞
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People in 12 Step recovery can aim at these ideals. For the most part, we just try to think and act like decent human beings concerned for the wellbeing of our fellows. We can;- become patient with ourselves and others. be kind even towards people who are nasty towards us. be generous with our time …∞
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Just for Today – Stay on the Beam “Today most commercial flying is done on a radio beam. A directional beam is produced to guide the pilot to his destination, and as long as he keeps on this beam he knows that he is safe, even if he cannot see around him for fog, or …∞
Most alcoholics, addicts, gamblers and co-dependents know the frustration of repetitive failure to reach their recovery goals. Consider one man who lived through various setbacks in life over 30 years: Failed in business in 1831 Defeated for the legislature in 1832 Again failed in business in 1834 Sweetheart died in 1835 Had a nervous breakdown …∞
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