for me to have respect for others i had to learn how to love others. learnin how to love others taught me how to love myself, then to accept love from others. i had to learn how to accept myself for the person i was. the personal inventory of step 4 helped me with that....

recallin the day i told my sponsor my 4th step inventory, he suggested i do as the big book suggests in the last paragraph on page 75. what i have experienced from that moment to now is what recovery says it has to offer. i wanna say today that idk if i did my 5th...

not always did i like all the feedback i received from my sponsor. he had the ability to see through the shit i talked and had made myself believe. these ideas and conceptions i had lived by for most of my life were things i truly believed in. they were things i had tried and...

now just hold up here! whatchya tryna say here? i gotta be honest? with another person! PPPFFFTTT!!! thats not how i used to live life, i mean, unless i got somethin outta it. mannn, happiness always came with a new fishin rod n reel, a new shotgun, or a jug of my fave whiskey, and...

action, on my behalf is what it takes for me to live life with peace of mind. happiness, joyousness, and freedom are gifts bestowed upon me when i get off my ass and start doin what it takes to remain sober and in recovery. thinkin bout it, intendin bout it, laughin bout it, or tellin...

i can only describe in the simplest of words, that do not even come close, to the efforts i took to not have to face my resentments, fears, or past, while out doin my dirt. and if i would say that i didnt try to do the same in my early recovery i would be...

buildin integrity came for me when i honestly told another what i had found in my personal inventory. and i need to make this clear, it was NOT somethin i wanted to do, even more than the fear of learnin how to be honest or doin the personal inventory, tellin the shit i had found...

others sharin their stories with me is how i came to believe i was an alcoholic. it wasnt what they drank, it wasnt how they did it, or necessarily the things that happened when they did. what caught my attention was how they explained to me how they felt within when they drank. surely some...

Growing Pains Page 8-9 Sooner or later we experience a particular kind of opportunity or catastrophe we haven't heard about in meetings. Sometimes even an event like a breakup, the loss of a job, or changes in our family triggers a flow of feelings, and it doesn't stop. Grief, hardship, or betrayal can make us...

Connection to Others Pages 37-38 Some days it seems really easy to identify with others, to feel welcomed and welcoming in a meeting. At other times, all we hear are things that set us apart from the group. When we start noticing the differences more than appreciating our similarities, it's usually a red flag indicating...

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