Recovery is not where we "end up," but where we start over!
Source Unknown but kindly shared by ~Emory
12 Signs of a Spiritual Awakening
1. An increased tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.
2. Frequent attacks of smiling.
3. Feelings of being connected with others and nature.
4. Frequent overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
5. A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than from fears based on past experience.
6. An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
7. A loss of ability to worry.
8. A loss of interest in conflict.
9. A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
10. A loss of interest in judging others.
11. A loss of interest in judging self.
12. Gaining the ability to love without expecting anything in return.
Source Unknown but kindly shared by Dubious from AASoberLiving.com
I have a teflon brain. Nothing sticks. That's why I need lots and lots of meetings. I
need to hear the same things over and over because I forget. I need the repetition
to grow and change.
Jack, Worcester, MA
Who's Addicted to What?
It's really a shock for us co-alcoholics to come to understand that while the alcoholic is addicted to the substance; we are addicted to them. When some of us come rolling
through the door, Hell bent on their recovery so we'll be okay,
that reality is hard to take!
There have been unwritten contracts too. You, the generic alcoholic, get to drink and be absent in body sometimes, and in mind almost always - and I, the generic co-alcoholic, get to scream, raise Hell and feel superior. It is not uncommon, when one or the other gets into
some kind of program, for the relationship to come apart because it's not based on what used
to be: symbiotic suicide. When health peeks its pretty head in the door, things change - usually for the better.
Jane H., Vienna, VA
Happiness begins where expectations end.
4th Step ...?
When I first started to take a look inside me, it felt sort of like
opening the door of a refrigerator that hadn't been opened in a long,
long time. After years of active alcoholism, there was a lot of yuchy
stuff in there. Much, much later I realized there was good stuff in there
too. It was just frozen. The 12 Steps have helped me thaw it out and
build on it.
Anonymous, Marlboro, MA
Misery may love company, but fear walks alone.
On the Road
Give me an inch and I'll take the interstate!