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by Joe H
Sun May 16, 2010 7:07 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Would you consider this Strength and Hope??
Replies: 70
Views: 11981

Re: Would you consider this Strength and Hope??

A clear statement of the task and goal is often helpful.

Something to ponder, does God have a goal? I somehow do not believe God is interested in "my" goal, only with the path and actions taken towards that goal.
by Joe H
Sun May 16, 2010 6:43 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Expectations
Replies: 36
Views: 6986

Re: Expectations

I heard at a meeting many years ago that expectations were premeditated resentments. The story about acceptance has meant very little to me, but it was one drunk's ESH. For me I rely on what is printed at the bottom of page 42. "Quite as important was the discovery that spiritual principles would so...
by Joe H
Tue Apr 27, 2010 8:27 am
Forum: A.A. Birthdays!
Topic: April
Replies: 37
Views: 15588

Re: April

Thanks to God and the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous, I have been gifted with one more year of continuous sobriety.

14 years as of April 12.

Thanks to everyone here for your support and love.

God Bless,

joe
by Joe H
Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:09 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Success in sobriety
Replies: 42
Views: 6607

Re: Success in sobriety

It is good to be seen, Karl, thank you.

As you can imagine, my visits will be sparadic (lol your good fortune) but hopefully they will be more and more frequent.

God Bless,

joe
by Joe H
Sat Apr 24, 2010 2:56 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Success in sobriety
Replies: 42
Views: 6607

Re: Success in sobriety

I think for me success in sobriey is the awareness of knowing that my success is a gift of God's and not one I can lay claim to. I could not achieve sobriety, He could and would if sought. I bebieve I am successful in sobriety today because I have not taken a drink today. Thanks for letting me share...
by Joe H
Tue Jan 19, 2010 2:34 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Hi again
Replies: 28
Views: 8284

Re: Hi again

I had the honor of taking care of my father the last couple years of his life. So I know it is not easy but then it was not easy for him and my mother when early in my life I was totally dependent on them. I know today that they sacrificed more than I could ever repay. One thing I learned was when I...
by Joe H
Tue Jan 19, 2010 1:58 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Hi again
Replies: 28
Views: 8284

Re: Hi again

My life has moved on since then, all sadly for the worse.

I does not have to be that way ever again, today can be the day life gets joyfully better.

Welcome back,

joe
by Joe H
Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:01 am
Forum: Sponsorship
Topic: Should I get a sponsor?
Replies: 23
Views: 12280

Re: Should I get a sponsor?

And if that don't work the Big Book suggests asking HIM meaning God (not an outside sponsor) in your morning meditation for guidance it works if one is not easily diverted My Big Book suggests that I seek the suggestions of my priest, minister or rabbi on matters of my spiritual health and growth. ...
by Joe H
Tue Jan 19, 2010 7:33 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Unmanageable?
Replies: 65
Views: 38526

Re: Unmanageable?

Times i ask myself If i really want to stay sober for the next half of my life. Joey, I do not worry about staying sober for the rest of my life, however long that may be, I do not even think about how I will or if I will be sober tomorrow, today is the only day I have to keep my recovery my number...
by Joe H
Sun Jan 17, 2010 9:17 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Unmanageable?
Replies: 65
Views: 38526

Re: Unmanageable?

I just wanted to open a topic for discussion is all, Joe. You seem to have taken offence - I certainly meant none. Mike, you have not offended me at all. Given my experiences in life I am not offended easily, live and let live. I believe the defect in Internet discussions is the fact that we cannot...
by Joe H
Fri Jan 15, 2010 5:27 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Unmanageable?
Replies: 65
Views: 38526

Re: Unmanageable?

Well, my feeling is that they were talking very simply about everyday life being unmanageable due to excessive alcohol use - nothing deeper or more complicated than that. What is everyday life? I had nothing and my life was perfectly manageable, I mangaed to get drunk everyday. I do not believe we ...
by Joe H
Thu Jan 14, 2010 7:30 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Unmanageable?
Replies: 65
Views: 38526

Re: Unmanageable?

I had a hard time for a long time both before and after I got sober because I could not identify with so many in my area who had not "lost" anything, or been arrested. I had very little left when I got sober and lost that in my first year of sobriety. I was a street drunk. To me I was functioning be...
by Joe H
Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:29 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Unmanageable?
Replies: 65
Views: 38526

Re: Unmanageable?

or how many, like me, were functioning ok but could see "unmanageability" up ahead, and still had it together enough to get a grip on things in time. Question, Mike, after you picked up that first drink and could not stop there or stop in the "high" stage or even stop drinking when drunk, was your ...
by Joe H
Wed Jan 06, 2010 7:38 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: 10th Traditon Question
Replies: 18
Views: 3755

Re: 10th Traditon Question

Very good points, Kim. I have noticed that many of those who bristle at the mention of religion never get upset when something derogatory is said about religion. There are times when I share that I mention that my journey in AA has taken me back to the faith of my childhood, I do not elaborate. I al...
by Joe H
Mon Jan 04, 2010 3:14 pm
Forum: If It Doesn't Fit Anywhere Else
Topic: Help for a sponsee's sponsee
Replies: 8
Views: 2068

Re: Help for a sponsee's sponsee

Its a sticky situation. You will have to work with the group conscious. We make ass out of ourselves while drinking but when we are in recovery we want to be anonymous. The book tells us we are like actors. So true isn't it? I see it more as the director, I wanted to rearrange everything to suit wh...