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From the March 2013 magazine.

March 2013: Heads Up

AA tools help her stand up straight, face her life and see the light of day

I had some down time at work today. Instead of getting on the internet and doing some online shopping or going over to a co-workers cubicle and engaging in idle chatter, I decided to do some organizing work on a lower priority task that has sat undone for several months. In so doing, I began thinking of how that act can also be applied to my AA program.

Most of us have things in our lives that we think of as top priorities: upcoming criminal charges, marriages on the rocks, lost jobs, estranged families. I often get worked up and stressed out about those types of things, but then once I get through something, I start to slack off. Everyone, both in and outside of recovery, has their own avoidance habits and time wasters, such as watching too much TV, engaging in idle chatter, spending too much money, drinking, overeating, surfing the internet, chatting online. The list goes on and on.

-- Janice H.

Clayton, California

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