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I have recovered from the disease of Alcoholism. I believe there is only one person really,.. everybody. And that peace of mind is everything. -So treat your neighbor as you would treat yourself, because your neighbor IS yourself. I think most of recovery is what I would call common sense, but that learning to be ordinary is a true gift very few people acquire. My ambition is to accept everything unflinchingly, with compassion, and therefore be intrinsically comfortable in my own skin, no matter what. I am comfortable being uncomfortable and am willing to go to any lengths to improve my life. I believe the Big Book was divinely inspired, and is extraordinarily powerful. Unfortunately AA's best kept secret a lot of the time. (In my opinion). I just try to do what works, no matter what it is.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Basic daily roadmap for Newcomers. Read these first.

Have you got a pamphlet called 'Now that you've stopped', and the book Living Sober?
If you do not, GET THEM.
The 'Now that you've stopped' pamphlet is VERY USEFUL and contains LOTS of suggestions of things to DO in the early days. Use it as a roadmap.

Another GREAT roadmap, is the Just for today card.
Then the book Living Sober.
REALLY get to know these ones FIRST.

Its all about Action! Action! Action!.
Meetings!, as often as is necessary.
Picking up the phone, as often as is necessary.
Asking for help, as often as is necessary.
Reading AA 'directions', as often as is necessary.
..and then trying to DO them.

That's it really !! in the early days!
Don't worry. It DOES gets better!!
Just do your lousy best! That's all I ever do.

Regarding apathy and exhaustion: I find STRONG coffee, meetings and conversation wake me up. Getting enough sleep helps too!


ArahMan7 said...

Wnoderful six posts, as usual. Love the Conflict Resolution, lol. Don't mind me. I find it funny coz I came across many "I Want" type in my lifetime including, yours truly. I can be INFLEXIBLE and damn STUBBORN sometime. I can be so ONE TRACK minded sometime.

Thank you, my friend for opening up my mind coz I've a very uneasy feeling lately.

Shannon said...

AMEN to it all. Right on. I hope someone sees this and takes these suggestions

Anonymous said...

I love the book living sober, I still read it all the time. Cant remember who gave it to me or how I came across it, but its a useful tool to have around. I always love your posts.


justme said...

Man, I thought I had an arsenal of AA lit. (the big book, daily reflections, and the 12/12) but I dont have any of the stuff you mentioned. I NEED to get that too I guess! I am trying really hard and day 11 is feeling pretty good!