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by GaryD
Mon Oct 07, 2013 5:30 pm
Forum: A.A. Birthdays!
Topic: October AA Birthdays
Replies: 18
Views: 9614

Re: October AA Birthdays

Just a drive by to announce that I celebrated 11 years October 6th, 2013.
by GaryD
Sat Sep 14, 2013 1:37 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Should someone without a sponsor sponsor?
Replies: 16
Views: 4333

Re: Should someone without a sponsor sponsor?

My sponsor does not have a sponsor. He did. His sponsor died sober after 49 years of continuous sobriety. My line of sponsorship can be traced back to Bill W. All having successfully died sober. I had my first sponsor for 8 years until he died sober. I went without a sponsor for two years but had to...
by GaryD
Fri Sep 13, 2013 2:04 pm
Forum: The Home Group
Topic: Disturbing member
Replies: 31
Views: 25658

Re: Disturbing member

Thx for all shares about this subject but I still havnt got any answer if there is much difference in spiritual sick or sick in your soul. I refrained from discussing this up to this point due to the nature of debate that usually ensues when these topics arise in groups of people on a public forum....
by GaryD
Thu Sep 12, 2013 5:37 pm
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Science & Spirituality
Replies: 67
Views: 11070

Re: Science & Spirituality

And if any of us have teenage kids (and it's perfectly normal for teenage kids to be self centred) - just look at the misery they're capable of heaping on themselves by their self centredness. :lol: Oh man I needed that today. :roll: Ann I've a 17 year old step daughter. She was 12 when I stopped d...
by GaryD
Wed Sep 11, 2013 3:16 pm
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Science & Spirituality
Replies: 67
Views: 11070

Re: Science & Spirituality

Can you share them? I would like to know where they are. off the top of my head .step 3: says our entire problem was in ability 2 align our will with that of our higher power,step 4: says our twisted relationships people were major factors.somewhere it says resentment is the number one offender, I ...
by GaryD
Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:55 pm
Forum: If It Doesn't Fit Anywhere Else
Topic: Because Ebby Carried a Message to Bill in 1934...
Replies: 4
Views: 1555

Re: Because Ebby Carried a Message to Bill in 1934...

Some people cannot be seen. We send them an honest letter....
by GaryD
Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:50 pm
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Science & Spirituality
Replies: 67
Views: 11070

Re: Science & Spirituality

hecramsey2 wrote:
Tosh wrote:Page 62 tells us what the root of an alcoholic's problem is:
I can think of half a dozen places where the root of our trouble is described.
Can you share them? I would like to know where they are.
by GaryD
Sat Sep 07, 2013 4:09 pm
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Science & Spirituality
Replies: 67
Views: 11070

Re: Science & Spirituality

AA is adamnant. The root of an alcoholic's problem is the loss of spirituality. You may have missed the following text: Whether such a person can quit upon a nonspiritual basis depends upon the extent to which he has already lost the power to choose whether he will drink or not. Long since the days...
by GaryD
Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:53 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Spiritual not religious not
Replies: 45
Views: 8122

Re: Spiritual not religious not

What I 'think' is of no importance. I used to think there was no God. I was wrong. Today I know there is. Then I thought I knew who God was. I was wrong. Today I know who he is. Wanna know? Ask him to reveal it to you. I refuse to steal the most beautiful part of the recovery process from those behi...
by GaryD
Sun Sep 01, 2013 9:59 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: white lies
Replies: 36
Views: 7579

Re: white lies

12&12 Step Eight, p.80 wrote:If we lie or cheat, we deprive others not only of their worldly goods, but of their emotional security and peace of mind.
by GaryD
Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:47 am
Forum: Sponsorship
Topic: Sponsors Giving "Willingness Tests"?
Replies: 52
Views: 25622

Re: Sponsors Giving "Willingness Tests"?

The Test:

12&12 Step Ten, p.88 wrote:Then comes the acid test: can we stay sober, keep in emotional balance, and live to good purpose under all conditions?
by GaryD
Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:18 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: The Chosen
Replies: 36
Views: 17020

Re: The Chosen

The Why We Were Chosen segment quoted by the OP is only a part of an address by Judge John T. at the 4th Anniversary of the Chicago Group October 5, 1943. The entire speech should be read to keep the context. Thanks Mitchellk, I googled it and saved it to favorites so that I can get a better idea o...
by GaryD
Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:58 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: The Chosen
Replies: 36
Views: 17020

Re: The Chosen

I believe both of these statements are equally true: 1)I chose to come to AA 2)I was chosen to be brought to AA To me it is simple. I choose to lead an ox out to work the field (I have chosen the ox) but the ox must choose to go (the ox has chosen to go). God chose to lead me to AA and I chose to fo...
by GaryD
Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:20 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: I've Had Enough Discussion Meetings
Replies: 60
Views: 13259

Re: I've Had Enough Discussion Meetings

Can I use the Twelve and Twelve only and successfully teach someone the program of recovery? Absolutely! Can I use the Big Book only and successfully teach someone the program of recovery? Absolutely! Can I ditch the literature and teach someone the program of recovery? Absolutely! I agree with all...
by GaryD
Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:02 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: I've Had Enough Discussion Meetings
Replies: 60
Views: 13259

Re: I've Had Enough Discussion Meetings

The literature provided by AA is not required to recover. Yes, the Big Book is called the 'basic text' (164 pages). Yes, the Twelve and Twelve is a commentary aimed at assisting people in understanding fuller the steps and traditions of AA. Neither of which Bill, Bob or the other successfully recove...