12 STEPS OF AA

STEP 1 “We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol-that our lives had become unmanageable.”

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Step 2 “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”

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Step 3 “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives to the care of God as we understood God.”

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Step 4 “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.”

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Step 5 “Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.”

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Step 6 “Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.”

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Step 7 “Humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings”

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Step 8 “Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.”

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Step 9 “Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.”

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Step 10 “Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it”

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Step 11 “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out”

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Step 12 “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs”

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BY THE GRACE OF GOD WE ARE UNSHACKLED

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http://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/twelve-steps-and-twelve-traditions

contentment: Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu

“Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.”    Lao Tzu

 

Lao Tzu, a mystic philosopher of ancient China, is best known as the author of the Tao Te Ching, or simply Laozi.  He is traditionally considered the founder of Taoism (pronounced “Daoism”), was born in the 6th century BCE

rainy days

We tend to pack our days with yard chores, outdoor activity, social events, volunteering, etc.  Seldom do we get up in the morning and plan nothing.  Zilch, nada, nothing.  Then, checking in with our weather source, we see the spreading green blob of precipitation heading our way.  What now?

The most pleasant days can be spent relaxing under the tin roofed porch, curled up with a great book, listening to that rain softly beating rhythmically on the roof.  We reflect, we meditate, we lounge, we create emptiness in our overworked minds.  The planned activity slips away into oblivion as we take a tour of what’s happening within.  Sometimes we actually connect with moments of clarity and insight.  What a perfect way to spend a rainy day!

Life can be a continuum of well spent rainy days or it can be a rush of forced activity.  It’s our choice.

recovery basics

  1. Don’t drink and you won’t get drunk
  2. One drink is too many, ten are never enough
  3. K.I.S.S  (keep it simple stupid)
  4. God aka g.o.d.  (good orderly direction)
  5. People, places, things.  Sobriety demands change.
  6. “GOD IS”.  Yep, that’s it.  God simply is.  There is no need for further definition or description.

 

a day in the park

Life is like a day in the park on a beautiful sunny day.  Sitting on our favorite bench under a spreading oak tree, we enter a world where everything is perfect.  The fresh air, the visual delight of blooming daisies in the nearby field, the chatter of squirrels working up the courage to come begging for a handout, the soft murmur of an airplane flying high in the sky; yes, we say, life is just about perfect.

Ahhhhh, smell the fragrances of nature, hear the sounds of silence, see the majestic mountains in the distance, relish the peace of the moment.  it doesn’t get any better than this. Then, as if reality says, “whoa, hang on while I burst your bubble,” one of nature’s beauties drops a load of poop on our shoulder.  Reality wings away noisily from its perch above our head.  And we have learned another of life’s lessons.

Enjoy and appreciate the great moments because there is always someone just waiting to drop a load on our perfect day.  But, that’s life, isn’t it?  It’s the dropped loads that give us opportunities to become better people.

 

The Principles of Etiquette – The Emily Post Institute, Inc.

(Remember the days of our youth when Emily Post was ridiculed by some of us for her “stuffy, old fogey” writings?  Wow, if only we had listened, larrypaulbrown)

This is the single most important thing we hope you read about etiquette. It’s that important. It’s the single most important thing to all of us who work here. And it was hugely important to Emily Post.

Source: The Principles of Etiquette – The Emily Post Institute, Inc.

me, a philosopher? tsk

It is often too easy to get mired in the realms of religious philosophy.  No credible source whom we know or about whom we have read has physically sat down with God and discussed the kingdom, heaven and hell, salvation, etc.  Some claim to have special insight and it is these whom we should distrust the most.  When there appears video and audio of this personal God meeting on YouTube, then maybe, we could agree with the philosophy which a religionist proclaims as truth.  The preceding words are, of course, somewhat facetious and tongue-in-cheek.  But, truly, nobody knows with certainty what awaits in eternity.

Therefore, we must rest on the assumption that maybe your theory on things eternal is valid and maybe another’s theory is valid.  Maybe your interpretation of scriptures is true, maybe another’s interpretation is spot on.  Certainly we can agree that of all the creations attributable to mankind, religion has probably been the most devastating in numbers of human lives murdered and in souls lost.  When any religion or any religionist lays claim to having the inerrant, infallible, indisputable word of God, then that religion’s adherent must surrender his innate God-given ability to figure things out for himself, i.e., THINK.

Recently, a fellow blogger posed the question, “Why are you here?”

In spite of all suppositions set forth by theologians, religionists, your theory, and my theory, it all boils down to this:

what am I willing to contribute in forwarding  the evolution of mankind to the intelligence and compassion which the universe demands as a condition for continuation of the human race?