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by DaveP1951
Sun Mar 01, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: In what ways has the Fellowship of AA changed
Replies: 23
Views: 6164

Re: In what ways has the Fellowship of AA changed

Wow great stuff. Next time I am asked the question " Do you think AA is still working as well as it used too," I have an answer. It will go like this "From the people I correspond with in Iowa it certainly is." Thank you so much for your input.
by DaveP1951
Sun Mar 01, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: God/Higher Power
Replies: 82
Views: 17975

Re: God/Higher Power

Sounds like your open to what ever works for you when you need results. And, as we all know, we can argue the method but we can't argue the results. Thank you for your insight and input.
by DaveP1951
Sun Mar 01, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Sponsorship
Topic: First sponsor but not going well
Replies: 31
Views: 9808

Re: First sponsor but not going well

Hi Alibaba, I had problems with my first sponsor and I was early in my sobriety. I left it too long and it became a problem. I would terminate the arrangement kindly and quickly and think very carefully of what you want before choosing another. Nobody in AA can tell you how to achieve sobriety, eve...
by DaveP1951
Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: In what ways has the Fellowship of AA changed
Replies: 23
Views: 6164

In what ways has the Fellowship of AA changed

This is my second post { re: topic selection] on this forum since I joined a short time ago. Just to clarify, I joined this forum, because it offered me an opportunity to ask questions that are important to me regarding my sobriety as well as questions that would give my-self a better concept of AA ...
by DaveP1951
Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: God/Higher Power
Replies: 82
Views: 17975

Re: God/Higher Power

"And it's hard to think outside the box when the culture I was raised in provides all my ideas and vocabulary! " So true. What I was taught as a child in the society I was born into didn't serve me much purpose in my adult life. So upon entering AA and being confronted with new informatio...
by DaveP1951
Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: God/Higher Power
Replies: 82
Views: 17975

Re: God/Higher Power

D'oh wrote: Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:09 pm Basically!

I Can't

AA Can!

Members carry the Message.

Then I found their Message is from a Higher Power than them
"Most Good ideas are simple" The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. And, that idea of yours fits into that philosophy. Thanks for your input.
by DaveP1951
Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: God/Higher Power
Replies: 82
Views: 17975

Re: God/Higher Power

I believe my higher power provides a road map but the legwork is up to me. That sounds like an interesting analogy Layne. Does each person have a different road map and if so how does one know how too read and navigate it? I have no idea about anyone else and their map, but I navigate mine through ...
by DaveP1951
Sat Feb 29, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: God/Higher Power
Replies: 82
Views: 17975

Re: God/Higher Power

"And it's hard to think outside the box when the culture I was raised in provides all my ideas and vocabulary! " So true. What I was taught as a child in the society I was born into didn't serve me much purpose in my adult life. So upon entering AA and being confronted with new informatio...
by DaveP1951
Sat Feb 29, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: God/Higher Power
Replies: 82
Views: 17975

Re: God/Higher Power

Layne wrote: Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:52 am I believe my higher power provides a road map but the legwork is up to me.
That sounds like an interesting analogy Layne. Does each person have a different road map and if so how does one know how too read and navigate it?
by DaveP1951
Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Sponsorship
Topic: Sponsorship question
Replies: 6
Views: 2199

Re: Sponsorship qjestion

Good question sobeguy27. I signed on to this forum for the purpose of getting some food for thought regarding my sobriety. I get up every morning at 7 am and spend 3 or so hours studying AA and related literature asking myself “What does that mean and how does it pertain to me in terms of my sobriet...
by DaveP1951
Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: God/Higher Power
Replies: 82
Views: 17975

Re: God/Higher Power

And yet here I am, sober. And thousands more atheists and agnostics with no "god", still sober through AA. Either that means (1) us agnostics are all doomed to fail, or (2) that the Big Book was written by one guy with three years sobriety who thought God was his answer, and maybe we shou...
by DaveP1951
Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: God/Higher Power
Replies: 82
Views: 17975

Re: God/Higher Power

This is from power of NOW: The word God has become empty of meaning through thousands of years of misuse. I use it sometimes, but I do so sparingly. By misuse, I mean that people who have never even glimpsed the realm of the sacred, the infinite vastness behind that word, use it with great convicti...
by DaveP1951
Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Sponsorship
Topic: First sponsor but not going well
Replies: 31
Views: 9808

Re: First sponsor but not going well

Alibaba33 wrote: Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:24 pm Thank you all for your advice. A temporary sponsor would be great if that is an option on here please.
May I suggest if no one offers to sponsor you on-line on this thread in the next while try starting a new thread with that specific question and request. Good luck ,
by DaveP1951
Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Big Book Study
Topic: Mental Obsession
Replies: 19
Views: 5754

Re: Mental Obsession

When you said “Sometimes I think I haven't been totally beaten by this disease and need to go back out and be totally beaten into surrendering to this” you just described the mental obsession perfectly. Well done.
by DaveP1951
Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Sponsorship
Topic: First sponsor but not going well
Replies: 31
Views: 9808

Re: First sponsor but not going well

You sure do sound like you have a solid foundation for your sobriety and a good head on your shoulders. I have read all the responses to your post and everyone of the sounds solid. They all basically point to the fact that you should most definitely relieve her of her "ASSUMED" duties. As ...