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October Grapevine Quote of the Day

Postby Todd M » Sun Oct 09, 2016 6:57 am

October 9

"The slogans are simple things ... these AA tranquilizers do not solve our problems,
but they can calm us down, remind us of a better way to proceed, and perhaps
even put us in a mood to make better decisions."

"Using the Slogans," New York, N.Y., November 1958
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Re: October Grapevine Quote of the Day

Postby Barbara D. » Sun Oct 09, 2016 8:38 am

Who knew an old cliche like "One Day At A Time" was really a powerful spiritual principle? I had to surrender something in my belief system every time I worked a Step and usually that meant I had to explore yet another cliche for it's real meaning. The abbreviation words became important spiritual tools, too (KISS, HALT, etcetera).

Early on, my atheism prevented me from doing a lot of things I associated with religion (like prayer). So I never formed a routine of asking for guidance in the morning, and even daily inventories struck of their own volition. In hindsight, I conclude that it was important for me not to develop a set habit in these areas because I would mumble mindlessly and it wouldn't actually mean anything. Every day, something causes conflict and I automatically look inside to see what I'm up to! :lol: I have discovered a God of My Understanding, and it has quite a sense of humor. Thank Recovery for the gift of perspective!
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Re: October Grapevine Quote of the Day

Postby PaigeB » Sun Oct 09, 2016 10:39 am

Memorizing and using short slogans that interrupted long ingrained routes of thinking was necessary to get me to Pause long before I knew how to work Step 11 !! My brain was a bit addled and I was also very anxious. Prayer was also something I did not do until long after I trained myself to meditate - there again, I had to meditate on one word "Love" until I could calm my brain down.

Who knew I was so short circuited? LOL probably everybody but me!
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Re: October Grapevine Quote of the Day

Postby Todd M » Mon Oct 10, 2016 8:41 am

October 10

"With the clock ticking like it is, I do not have time for anger,
resentment, or self-pity. Time is far too precious."

"Just an Attitude," Durham, N.C., April 2002
Dealing with Adversity in Sobriety
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Re: October Grapevine Quote of the Day

Postby Todd M » Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:20 am

October 13

Step by Step Book

"Seeing my defects is not enough to make them improve or go away
-- the solution seems to be following awareness with action."

"Daily Reminder," Coldwater, Michigan, December 2006

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Re: October Grapevine Quote of the Day

Postby Todd M » Thu Oct 20, 2016 9:06 am

October 20

"First Things First. That's a real gem."

"Using the Slogans," New York, New York, November 1958

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Re: October Grapevine Quote of the Day

Postby avaneesh912 » Thu Oct 20, 2016 9:17 am

"First Things First. That's a real gem."


So what is First things first?

I heard Dr Bob used this, I hear its about putting GOD first. Keeping it simple is another I believe he used. Again its about working the steps and staying close to the HP.
Show him, from your own experience, how the peculiar mental condition surrounding that first drink prevents normal functioning of the will power (Alcoholics Anonymous, Page 92)
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Re: October Grapevine Quote of the Day

Postby PaigeB » Thu Oct 20, 2016 10:46 am

I have heard it referring in two situations... "The Steps are in order for a reason. First things First" and also in the broader sense while living in the solution, living in Steps 10, 11 & 12... "First things first. Don't get the cart before the horse. Do what you can today."
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Re: October Grapevine Quote of the Day

Postby Barbara D. » Fri Oct 21, 2016 9:18 am

Right on, Paige! :D
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Re: October Grapevine Quote of the Day

Postby Todd M » Fri Oct 21, 2016 9:18 am

October 21

"Only by accepting my powerlessness over alcohol did I begin to
discover the powers that alcohol had obliterated: God, health, truth,
love, nature, fellowship, humor, creativity, and even simple daily kindness."

"In Your Bones," Barrington, Illinois, June 2007

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Re: October Grapevine Quote of the Day

Postby Todd M » Mon Oct 31, 2016 3:27 pm

October 30

"My perception of any situation is in my control -- I have a choice about which way my mind will react. I try my best to look for positive solutions; I take my problems to my sponsor or I let my friends at a meeting know what is going on inside me."

"How the Universe Works,"
Pinellas Park, Florida, November 2006

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Re: October Grapevine Quote of the Day

Postby Todd M » Mon Oct 31, 2016 3:30 pm

October 31

"At the end of each day ... I hope that I can say a short prayer
of gratitude for another day of sobriety.
Anything else good that happens is a bonus."

"Life--It Happens,"
White Rock, British Columbia, May 2005

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Re: October Grapevine Quote of the Day

Postby Todd M » Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:19 am

My Surgery went well.
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October 19, 2017

"My greatest challenges are before me.
But my experience with the Third Step, even in the smallest matters,
gives me the courage to meet whatever lies ahead, twenty-four hours at a time."

Manhattan, N.Y., March 2001
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Re: October Grapevine Quote of the Day

Postby mule » Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:57 pm

I am beginning my third step and from what I understand it takes great effort
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Re: October Grapevine Quote of the Day

Postby Brock » Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:44 pm

I am beginning my third step and from what I understand it takes great effort.

I believe many get hung up on this step, and some stall purposely because they are looking at 4 & 5 with a little fear. In the book on page 63 we see not much is made of this step, because really we are not going to turn our life over to any higher power doing this, we will start adopting this way of life after doing the rest of the steps, here we are making a decision. You might make a decision to go on holiday, you haven't gone yet, bookings to make bags to pack etc. steps 4 – 9 are where you make your bookings and pack bags, then you are good to go for the decision to bear fruit.

In the book they have a prayer to say, then it says - “Next we launched out on a course of vigorous action,” launched out, not crawled or thought about, launch like a rocket, and the action they speak of is step 4 followed by 5, after which the book says -
Once we have taken this step, withholding nothing, we are
delighted. We can look the world in the eye. We can be
alone at perfect peace and ease. Our fears fall from us.
We begin to feel the nearness of our Creator. We may
have had certain spiritual beliefs, but now we begin to
have a spiritual experience. The feeling that the drink
problem has disappeared will often come strongly.
We
feel we are on the Broad Highway, walking hand in hand
with the Spirit of the Universe.

Walking hand in hand, what a program, go for it Mule, I hung around too long a couple times, scared about 4 & 5. But the stupid mental twist doesn’t have patience, and I nearly lost my life thanks to messing around at #3.
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