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February Grapevine Quote of the Day

Postby Todd M » Thu Feb 04, 2016 8:43 am

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February 4

"The Twelve Steps are not steps to take progressively in order
to arrive at a conclusion, but a code for living -- the constitution of a way of life."

Alva, Okla., January 1952
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Re: February Grapevine Quote of the Day

Postby Todd M » Fri Feb 05, 2016 8:59 am

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February 5

"If I simply let go of a character defect - release it - my Higher Power will replace it with a character asset. As I release anger, I find that I am friendlier. As I release hate, I become more loving. As I release fear, I become more secure."
Kathmandu, July 1995
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Re: February Grapevine Quote of the Day

Postby Stepchild » Sat Feb 06, 2016 4:30 pm

Todd M wrote:http://www.aagrapevine.org
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February 4

"The Twelve Steps are not steps to take progressively in order
to arrive at a conclusion, but a code for living -- the constitution of a way of life."

Alva, Okla., January 1952
From: "Spirituality"
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I find this quote to be different than my experience in AA...Also different than what the founders laid out in the book. While I do agree that steps 10 through 12 give us a nice design for living...Simple and it works. The first 9 steps....Should not only be taken progressively in order...But followed thoroughly. Do I feel when done so we arrive at a conclusion? Those 9th and 10th step promises are a conclusion.

You hear people in AA say don't leave until the miracle happens...

We will see that our new attitude toward liquor has been given us without any thought or effort on our part. It just comes! That is the miracle of it.
pg 85

That comes with working those first 9 steps.

There is a solution. Almost none of us liked the self-searching, the leveling of our pride, the confession of shortcomings which the process requires for its successful consummation.
pg 25

That successful consummation....Is a miraculous conclusion.
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Re: February Grapevine Quote of the Day

Postby Brock » Sat Feb 06, 2016 5:33 pm

"The Twelve Steps are not steps to take progressively in order to arrive at a conclusion, but a code for living -- the constitution of a way of life."

Good eye from Stepchild, I agree that this can be a bit confusing. And yes the steps should be taken progressively, but it is possible that the author of this quote might be referring to how we live the steps, when they say - “but a code for living -- the constitution of a way of life." I have seen step 10 broken down to reflect how it encompasses the other steps something like this -

This is not an overnight matter. It should continue for our lifetime. Continue to watch for selfishness, dishonesty, resentment, and fear. (step 4)When these crop up, (6) we ask God at once to remove them.(7) We discuss them with someone immediately (5) and make amends quickly if we have harmed anyone. (9) Then we resolutely turn our thoughts to someone we can help. (12).

If this is what they had in mind the quote makes more sense, they say not 'to arrive at a conclusion,' as in the work is not done, but we continue to use the steps as a code for living.
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Re: February Grapevine Quote of the Day

Postby Todd M » Tue Feb 09, 2016 7:45 am

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February 9

"The beginning of maturing for me was becoming willing
to try to face the realities of my own life, a day at a time,
and letting go of my childhood fantasies of living happily ever
after in a perfect world made up of perfect people."

New York, N.Y., April 1980
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Re: February Grapevine Quote of the Day

Postby Chelle » Tue Feb 09, 2016 9:35 am

Today's quote is a very important read for me on this day. The eve of my wedding. A couple years ago prior to my engagement,in active alcoholism,my mate asked me what I wanted in life and I replied to live happily ever after. My response was the same after the proposal. Today, I see what a childhood fantasy that was. It is an imperfect world,with imperfect people. I am so grateful to AA for showing me how to live life on life's terms, and not put ridiculous expectations on others, or the world according to chelle :lol: and instead rely on the God of my understanding. So tomorrow, on an average Wednesday in February, in an ordinary courthouse I have a new understanding of what happily ever after means. To live happy joyous and free and carry the message.
Thanks for the quote!
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Re: February Grapevine Quote of the Day

Postby Todd M » Sat Feb 13, 2016 5:10 am

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February 13

"I borrowed others' faith for a long time, and now I'm beginning to get a bit of my own."

Atlanta, Ga., August 2001
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Re: February Grapevine Quote of the Day

Postby Todd M » Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:22 am

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February 17

"Whether it was pouring coffee in my home group, or going on a Twelfth-Step call,
I entered a new pattern of thinking: I thought not only about myself, but about others."

Olympia, Wash., September 2006
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