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by Tommy-S
Wed May 06, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Sometimes Quickly, Sometimes Slowly
Replies: 39
Views: 3919

Re: Sometimes Quickly, Sometimes Slowly

... I think of the higher power as nothing more than a placebo... Maybe so, but here's something to mull over. Appendix II defines the Spiritual Experience as a connection with an unsuspected inner resource.... Step 12 Promises a Spiritual Awakening ...as the result of these Steps... It seems the o...
by Tommy-S
Tue May 05, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Sometimes Quickly, Sometimes Slowly
Replies: 39
Views: 3919

Re: Sometimes Quickly, Sometimes Slowly

... I have decided not to continue with the steps. I am just not able to muster the will to continue and the continual state of limbo that comes with that is emotionally draining.... Hi There, Yep, there is No Microwave Sobriety. I was always of that Credit Card Mentality. I wanted it now and will ...
by Tommy-S
Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Big Book Study
Topic: Big Book hard to follow
Replies: 20
Views: 3503

Re: Big Book hard to follow

HI Folks, Never heard of anyone being kicked out of AA meeting for Not sharing. (In fact, I usually encounter the opposite... those who think they are waxing philosophically when its all too plain they ran out of wax some time ago) "Two ears, one mouth" meant a lot to me back at the start... It was ...
by Tommy-S
Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: A.A. Birthdays!
Topic: April 12, 1996
Replies: 8
Views: 1024

Re: April 12, 1996

Congrats, Joe

Keep doing what you're doing, and getting what you're getting. It's a good life.

Tommy
by Tommy-S
Thu Apr 23, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Unmanageability of step 1
Replies: 16
Views: 1915

Re: Unmanageability of step 1

Hi Folks, It was suggested to me, and I continue to do so to those I sponsor, to take the examples listed on pg 31, BB, "Here are some of the methods we tried...." as examples of Powerlessness. (I don't try to control something I am NOT having difficulties with) And then the '9 Bedevilments' (BB, pg...
by Tommy-S
Thu Apr 23, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Not at rock bottom ..but asking questions
Replies: 44
Views: 3890

Re: Not at rock bottom ..but asking questions

Hello Lillibet, Your share reminder me of my early days. I was uncertain, also. Then one fellow approached me, and asked me "Did you ever wonder if your skin was green?" At first, I thought he was just crazy, but then I got the point. I don't 'wonder' about things that have NO basis in fact. I had b...
by Tommy-S
Fri Apr 17, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: The great obsession of every abnormal drinker
Replies: 26
Views: 4410

Re: The great obsession of every abnormal drinker

... if I controlled it, I didn't enjoy it. If I enjoyed it, I didn't control it.
Well put! That says it all for me.

Thanks... Tommy
by Tommy-S
Fri Apr 17, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: The Jack Alexander Article
Replies: 5
Views: 720

Re: The Jack Alexander Article

Thanks for the history. Bill was a promoter, and fortunately very concerned about the survival of AA. Whether by effort or accident, they did an amazing job to ensure AA would last, now approaching 85 years ... the Traditions were first printed in the AA Grapevine, Nov 1946, which as Paige said, cam...
by Tommy-S
Tue Apr 14, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Is the BB the only AA way?
Replies: 25
Views: 2446

Re: Is the BB the only AA way?

I have a reprint of the 1st Edition Big Book, sometimes called the "Circus Edition' because of the bright Yellow & Red Cover they published it with. The title page states "The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men Have Recovered from Alcoholism" It was after our Founders took a Body Count and reali...
by Tommy-S
Tue Apr 14, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: 7 years sober
Replies: 8
Views: 1029

Re: 7 years sober

Congrats!

Keep stacking up those 24 hours, friend.... It pays off big time

Tommy
by Tommy-S
Sun Apr 05, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Sponsorship
Topic: Putting in more work than the sponsee
Replies: 18
Views: 2470

Re: Putting in more work than the sponsee

Hello there, While sponsorship helps the sponsors, its primary focus is to help whomever they are sponsoring. And I beg to differ... "WE give it away to keep it" is the Paradox I was taught. Step 1 very clearly states I'm powerless over Alcohol... That's mine or anyone else's. When I begin to sponso...
by Tommy-S
Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Sponsorship
Topic: Sponsorship after long time sobriety
Replies: 13
Views: 1871

Re: Sponsorship after long time sobriety

Hello folks, I'm reminded when I read these replies of a live meeting I attended some ten years back. The topic became "How many meetings do I need?'" with the replies ranging from everyday to once a week. I had finished up some time in Iraq prior to this, and meetings were sometime few and far betw...
by Tommy-S
Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: The 12 Traditions of AA
Topic: Tradition 3 & Checklist
Replies: 11
Views: 14200

Re: Tradition 3 & Checklist

Hello Randall & welcome to the site. My current home group reads a Group Conscience Decision at the beginning of each meeting asking attendees to refrain from profanity, but this isn't about ruling the meeting or singling out individuals... We meet at a Church, and our rental agreement includes a li...
by Tommy-S
Thu Jul 07, 2016 2:43 pm
Forum: The 12 Steps
Topic: The 12 steps and 12 promises
Replies: 27
Views: 18239

Re: The 12 steps and 12 promises

Hi Dan

Didn't mean to start anything, brother.

And regardless of what any one says, IF it keeps you from drinking, use it!

Peace... Tommy
by Tommy-S
Mon Jul 04, 2016 11:26 am
Forum: The 12 Steps
Topic: The 12 steps and 12 promises
Replies: 27
Views: 18239

Re: The 12 steps and 12 promises

Hello Dan, It is my understanding that these "Promises' are as a result of the 1st Nine Steps, hence I'm confused by any attempt to reconcile them with each of the 12 Steps. Through out the Big Book, one can find (or claim to find) promised results of a particular Step. There is a an share that was ...