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by Brock
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: The 12 Steps
Topic: Step 3 Keep it Simple
Replies: 3
Views: 1339

Re: Step 3 Keep it Simple

If I turn my life over to this higher power, how will I be sure I am perceiving or interpreting its direction correctly? Who or what is it and how does it speak? Through my sponsor? Through the Big Book? Through random coincidences that occur or people I meet? A warm fuzzy feeling? What is it exact...
by Brock
Thu Nov 14, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Looking for a female online/texting possibly, sponsor
Replies: 2
Views: 25

Re: Looking for a female online/texting possibly, sponsor

Welcome here. We don’t like outside links or email addresses, and had bad experience with these in the past, I will put a link to a section of the group where you should find what you want. Also feel free to contribute on these discussion threads if you wish. http://www.e-aa.org/form_sponsors.php
by Brock
Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: I dont want to get up in the morning.
Replies: 14
Views: 128

Re: I dont want to get up in the morning.

I'm a little familiar with things the Big Book says about self pity or resentments that are irrational or even petty. But what does it say to do about regret and shame for truly awful things? Things that can't be undone or truly amended? Is that kind of guilt really just self pity? I found that som...
by Brock
Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: How does one access the registered groups?
Replies: 4
Views: 63

Re: How does one access the registered groups?

Yes Theo described it well, the full description under ‘start here’ in the index,www.e-aa.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=23991 you will notice the information that these groups don’t have much ‘action’ these days.
by Brock
Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: I need help
Replies: 12
Views: 119

Re: I need help

Since you are not new to AA, you will know there are people here who have been through what seemed like hell, just as you are now, we came out the other side, and that terrible experience became part of our ‘story.’ Most importantly the experience gave us the sort of push we needed, to finally accep...
by Brock
Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: If It Doesn't Fit Anywhere Else
Topic: Finding a speaker
Replies: 4
Views: 89

Re: Finding a speaker

Is it okay to speak up during the business part of the meeting when they ask if there are any AA announcements? I would say yes it certainly is, and I share the sentiment about people turning down service like this, it should be considered an honor to be asked to speak, unfortunately in many areas ...
by Brock
Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: New Slogans
Replies: 32
Views: 293

Re: New Slogans

I greatly respect the stance avaneesh takes, often speaking about the fact that so many still preach about just staying away from the first drink. We have one in my area, Mr. AA they call him, because he does much service at the inter group and attends every AA meeting, organizes the Christmas party...
by Brock
Sun Nov 03, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: We have a 3 fold disease.
Replies: 41
Views: 21329

Re: We have a 3 fold disease.

Welcome here Troy. The old thread you revived bought back a few memories, I read page 355, and yes the fellow says that’s how it was explained to him, two fold. But as I wrote here before at the top of this page, surely the Big Book chapter on ‘How it Works,’ trumps anything that someone writes in a...
by Brock
Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: One day at a time
Replies: 46
Views: 648

Re: One day at a time

Paige said - I like to think that we each drink our coffee a different way and there are lots of beans to chose from. I agree with this, and have always said that however someone does their program is their right, and their own business. But each of us is a walking, talking, & forums contributing, a...
by Brock
Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: One day at a time
Replies: 46
Views: 648

Re: One day at a time

People with years under their belt share that they do it today, it makes the program not attractive. Well said, that’s the problem right there, and why the misuse of that phrase has made it a pet peeve of mine as well. We should always use these things in reference to what we do before the steps ki...
by Brock
Mon Oct 28, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: If It Doesn't Fit Anywhere Else
Topic: Depression and AA
Replies: 10
Views: 1700

Re: Depression and AA

Sometimes in meetings when I listen I feel I don’t belong although I’m sure I’m an alcoholic. Feeling that I didn't belong is something which caused me to be in and out of AA for many years, the important words you used is being sure you are an alcoholic. On page 23 of the 12 & 12 we see this - “Th...
by Brock
Mon Oct 28, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Unusual Closing Prayers
Replies: 16
Views: 5408

Re: Unusual Closing Prayers

Welcome here Farmer Jon. That’s a fine blessing, and in my opinion as good a closing for an AA meeting as any. My wife is from Ireland, and it was from her that I first heard it. Some folks these days might rail against the last line a little bit - “May God hold you in the palm of His hand.” - But f...
by Brock
Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Suggestions
Topic: How do I tell my sponsor and group I went out drinking again?
Replies: 14
Views: 490

Re: How do I tell my sponsor and group I went out drinking again?

Well done, go confidently, they will understand that these things happen even to the best of us, you will feel much better, and they will support you getting back on track.
by Brock
Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Musician Wanting to Clean Up
Replies: 2
Views: 108

Re: Musician Wanting to Clean Up

Welcome here Telemancer. Yes it’s frightening at first, we are thinking ahead about how things will be without the crutches we are used to. In my experience stopping is pretty easy, the trick is how to stay stopped, and most importantly live happily without it, so we don’t see any attraction in gett...
by Brock
Sun Oct 27, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Suggestions
Topic: How do I tell my sponsor and group I went out drinking again?
Replies: 14
Views: 490

Re: How do I tell my sponsor and group I went out drinking again?

This always seems so hard when it happens, it has happened to me and others here, I know, because we speak about this subject quite often. In my case it was the best thing that could have happened, and I learned a lot from it. If your sponsor is not absolutely supportive and sticks by your side, the...