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by Joe H
Tue May 03, 2016 8:19 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: if been given the aa ultimatum.
Replies: 15
Views: 7989

Re: if been given the aa ultimatum.

Hello Dia2011, I came into the rooms of AA court ordered with no intentions to stop drinking. Quite frankly, I hated it...but I listened. What I soon could not deflect was the fact that after a meeting, I may not have been able to connect with the speakers' shares but I kept finding myself saying - ...
by Joe H
Tue Nov 11, 2014 7:29 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: AA request??
Replies: 23
Views: 4803

Re: AA request??

Thank you, Ann

It is good to be seen and good seeing some old friends.

And warm greetings to you, Ann.

joe
by Joe H
Tue Nov 11, 2014 5:54 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: AA request??
Replies: 23
Views: 4803

Re: AA request??

I believe, we as the fellowship of AA makes only one request of ourselves and that is to please follow the Traditions. For many years I have when ever possible tried to be there when asked to share my experiences, strength and hope. It is how I repay those who shared themselves with me when I first ...
by Joe H
Mon Oct 10, 2011 6:50 pm
Forum: The Home Group
Topic: Children in meetings
Replies: 68
Views: 79246

Re: Children in meetings

if kids are allowed at Closed AA meetings. In this area they are not. The closed statement reads that the meeting is for those who have a problem with alcoholism. But there are no rules in AA and each Home Group is autonomous and can set their own guidelines. There is one exception in this area and...
by Joe H
Fri May 27, 2011 7:27 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: need help finding story in the big book
Replies: 9
Views: 1403

Re: need help finding story in the big book

The story was moved and renamed as part of a compromise. This 4th Edition is the first time the membership had a say in what stories were selected. Each Area's DCMs and GSRs brought the info back to the Districts and Home Groups. In every committee made up of the members, Doctor, Alcoholic, Addict w...
by Joe H
Wed May 25, 2011 9:03 pm
Forum: The 12 Steps
Topic: My 9th Step, so far.
Replies: 15
Views: 10431

Re: My 9th Step, so far.

Step 9: "Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others." When I had trouble making an amends I first read the Promises, meditate on them, and then do two things. I ask myself where and what is my fear, why am I not turning my will and my life o...
by Joe H
Wed May 25, 2011 10:24 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: need help finding story in the big book
Replies: 9
Views: 1403

Re: need help finding story in the big book

I believe you are looking for "Acceptance Was The Answer"
by Joe H
Sun May 22, 2011 8:34 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Fitting in hangover
Replies: 7
Views: 1320

Re: Fitting in hangover

Today when i woke i felt drained with a slight headache , this happens when i attend anything like a party, wedding ,social situation. Can't really put a finger on why, maybe being with folks who are not on any spiritual level, people who are over emotional like at the wedding, having to keep a clo...
by Joe H
Thu May 19, 2011 11:47 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Thoughts on the "Carpet Slipper" guy from Ch. 3
Replies: 19
Views: 6505

Re: Thoughts on the "Carpet Slipper" guy from Ch. 3

What if eastern scriptures are right? That we go thru several cycles of birth and death? We die and take birth because the "inner self" is still hankering for some material things? In our case more booze? Here is paragraph from "Power of Now" where it talks about conscious death/death with obsessed...
by Joe H
Wed May 18, 2011 8:48 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Doing it tough.......
Replies: 16
Views: 2476

Re: Doing it tough.......

Thank you min25, for being here and for being sober. I faced many agonizing experiences before sobriety that I tried to fix with booze, to no avail. Now in sobriety I have faced many trials that have been painful mentally, physically and spiritually. Everything from being homeless to near death, fro...
by Joe H
Tue May 17, 2011 4:50 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Doing it tough.......
Replies: 16
Views: 2476

Re: Doing it tough.......

WOW I got through that" I feel absolutely terrified that if one more bad thing happens I'm going to crumble. I stay away from setting up senerios that are given excuses to drink. There is no "good life" as there is no "bad life," there is only life. I find when I live one day at a time with a visio...
by Joe H
Mon May 16, 2011 4:19 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: How Successful is AA ??
Replies: 54
Views: 7806

Re: How Successful is AA ??

How Successful is AA?

I have not taken a drink today.

the stats are bad is it 5% or something like that,

May I suggest reading the forward to the 2nd edition.
by Joe H
Sun May 15, 2011 10:36 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Anonymity
Replies: 18
Views: 3385

Re: Anonymity

My ego tells me I am special. My ego wants a pat on the back, "look at me I am sober." Sadly the world looks back, shrugs and says "thats nice, you should be." In the rooms my ego is lured into a false sense of security, I am accepted as an equal. Outside the rooms I may encounter smiling faces but ...
by Joe H
Sat May 14, 2011 5:14 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Court-Ordered Attendees
Replies: 35
Views: 14022

Re: Court-Ordered Attendees

Interesting read. In my area many of the Closed Meetings do not sign slips. I am not a member of any of these Home Groups but I enjoy going to their meetings and respect their Group conscience. I will not offer an opinion but I will share my experience, strength, and hope. In 1995 as the result of a...
by Joe H
Sat May 14, 2011 4:33 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Is it my fault?
Replies: 57
Views: 10419

Re: Is it my fault?

What is a disease, what is alcoholism? Well, for me a quick visit to Merriam-Webster gives me a pretty good idea of what they are. Now what? In April 1996, I admitted I was powerless over alcohol, my life was unmanageable. I had diagnosed my problem. Now my question was not a detailed explanation of...