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by Tom S
Sun May 11, 2014 11:56 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Sponsorship Difficulties w/ Step 4
Replies: 42
Views: 6279

Re: Sponsorship Difficulties w/ Step 4

...wish you the best fortune, however you choose to go forward. If you ever decide you want what we have AND are willing to go to any lengths to get it, we'll be here for you. We don't claim a monopoly, simply a shared experience that has worked for literally millions of people. But not all alcoholi...
by Tom S
Sat May 10, 2014 1:04 pm
Forum: A.A. Birthdays!
Topic: May 10. Nothing changes if. . .
Replies: 14
Views: 9867

Re: May 10. Nothing changes if. . .

Very nice indeed. It does work, if we work it. Another fellow on the road of happy destiny.
Warms my heart.
Thanks for letting us know.
Grateful for the Gift
by Tom S
Fri May 09, 2014 2:10 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Sponsorship Difficulties w/ Step 4
Replies: 42
Views: 6279

Re: Sponsorship Difficulties w/ Step 4

When I came into AA I heard the term " doing a geographical". I was pretty sure I had never done one. Then in AA I found out I might actually be an Egyptian because I lived in denial. ( okay, forgiveness opportunity) I didn't know what I didn't know. Still don't, but I do know more about things of w...
by Tom S
Thu May 08, 2014 11:48 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: A tragic, cautionary, true story
Replies: 33
Views: 33909

Re: A tragic, cautionary, true story

Just my take, humbly submitted. I have received an undeserved gift through AA- my life has been recovered. I have been shown I can keep this gift, contingent upon maintaining fit spiritual condition. A condition of this maintenance is practising a code of love and tolerance of others. An element of ...
by Tom S
Thu May 08, 2014 11:12 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: spirituality
Replies: 22
Views: 3712

Re: spirituality

Absolutely love it!
Just cause it says God on it, doesn't mean I won't use it. A great line for my sponsee...much lay appreciated, I will give acknowledgement.
Blessings upon us
by Tom S
Wed May 07, 2014 12:11 pm
Forum: If It Doesn't Fit Anywhere Else
Topic: just confused...
Replies: 17
Views: 5339

Re: just confused...

Sorry, just gotta say it...FTW...half measures availed us nothing. It's a program that requires taking the steps, whether inside or outside, single or in a relationship, straight, gay, moving to China or to Childress. I haven't seen anyone get sober, stay sober, and be at peace without taking the st...
by Tom S
Sat May 03, 2014 1:06 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: How long do people have to stay at aa
Replies: 25
Views: 6691

Re: How long do people have to stay at aa

This is an extraordinary email string to read from top to bottom. Wow, what healthy, dispassionately compassionate (is there such a thing?) sharing. Some really nuanced, subtle and powerful views of basic metaphysical principles operating here. I am most grateful to be learning from you this morning...
by Tom S
Fri May 02, 2014 12:17 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: this might be a little controversial/ hmm maybe not
Replies: 28
Views: 5520

Re: this might be a little controversial/ hmm maybe not

What a marvelous and nicely presented comment; you sure helped me get connected this morning.
Thank you.
by Tom S
Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:47 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: First Time poster
Replies: 2
Views: 1871

Re: First Time poster

Hi Chuck. Glad to hear your story; some wise, helpful folks here. Occasionally the nuances of the internet intrude but many of us find this a great part of our program. I have made it a piece of my morning routine; it helps me get grounded and connected to something outside of myself. Personally, as...
by Tom S
Tue Apr 29, 2014 12:05 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: prosaic steel girder
Replies: 16
Views: 10328

Re: prosaic steel girder

I just love the ancient primordial issues revealing themselves to us wanderers. I take comfort in the BB suggestion P164, "We realize we only know a little". Feels like each day I learn more about how little I know, how that perspective helps me take my rightful place amongst my fellows in this mome...
by Tom S
Sun Apr 27, 2014 12:13 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: 30 Days! 30th Day the Toughest
Replies: 21
Views: 3568

Re: 30 Days! 30th Day the Toughest

I find occasionally rereading Appendix II helpful in getting my head, and eventually my heart, around this Higher Power thing. I came to believe a lot of my so called "searching" was a good motive ( seeking spiritual awareness) hiding a bad motive or two (fear and laziness). For me, the important co...
by Tom S
Sun Apr 27, 2014 11:44 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Day One. Again.
Replies: 6
Views: 1371

Re: Day One. Again.

Good one! As you've heard, it's one day, hour, moment at a time. A thought might be to breathe, relax, wiggle your toes and experience the sensation of being alive. Maybe accept your reticence for now, show up at some meetings and be patient. It's fine to pass, and it's fine to gain a little familia...
by Tom S
Sat Apr 26, 2014 11:47 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Day One. Again.
Replies: 6
Views: 1371

Re: Day One. Again.

Glad you posted. Sounds like perhaps you are ready to quit drinking. If so, this program is here for you; if not, this program will still be here when you are ready. Hopefully it won't be too late. Whilst you suggested you are perhaps too shy to go to a meeting, you may wish to reconsider. I, for on...
by Tom S
Sat Apr 26, 2014 11:36 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: 30 Days! 30th Day the Toughest
Replies: 21
Views: 3568

Re: 30 Days! 30th Day the Toughest

We can't do this alone, not for very long. As has been so clearly stated here- This is a step program. What that means is exactly what it says. We have to take the steps, in order. We have to take the steps seriously; that means we need to actually read and think and embrace each one as we take it. ...
by Tom S
Sat Apr 26, 2014 11:24 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: I've Relapsed
Replies: 11
Views: 2320

Re: I've Relapsed

So, overnight, in like 12 hours, maybe eight people have cared enough to offer not useless and distracting pity but actual counsel and suggestions. Eight presumably sober people have identified, empathised and shown what has worked for them and countless others. Stating the obvious: this is the Prog...