Heard At Meetings
When I was 16 my priest said to me unless I change I'll be dead or in jail by age 30. Oddly enough I am 34 and quit drinking at 29. I did not realize the strange connection until 6 months ago. God does work in strange ways.
It is simple to climb Mount Everest. Go to the bottom and climb up one step at a time! It is that simple!
But it is not easy!!!
God puts people in our path in life for a reason, wether good or bad. All people, places, and things can either teach us or destroy us. It took me a long time to realize this. With humility and wisdom, we strive in life. Good for you that you seen this, surely You have humility and wisdom.
A good day is when everything goes good for you and at the end of the day you are sober. A great day is when everything goes horribly wrong and at the end of the day you are sober.
To have a belly laugh in a meeting full of alcoholics; is to have a spiritual vacation.
How many AA's does it take to build a bridge to sober? ALL OF THEM!!!!!!!
How many sponsors are needed to change a bulb? Interesting question, but first and foremost THE BULB MUST want to change!!!
As far as the lightbulb goes let the higher power recharge it
"All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players,
They have their exits and their entrances,
and one man in his life plays many parts!
(Shakespeare's As you like it.)
During my alcoholic drinking you should have see me practising controlled drinking!!!
The following announcement pinned on the door of a room in a holiday resort.
"FRIENDS OF BILL WILSON WELCOME at 8 pm."
A young lady read the notice, entered. She was the first to arrive at the meeting, so she sat down and waited.
Soon a young man arrived, shook her hand. They introduced them selves to each other,sat down and began to talk.
At 8 pm. the young man said, "O.K. Lets start the meeting!" The young lady asked, "What meeting?" He replied, "The AA meeting!" She said, "I never drank in my life, I'm not an alcoholic. But the notice said 'Friends of Bill Wilson welcome at 8 pm. I am curious so I decided to enter and meet this Bill Wilson!"
I was on vacation early in sobriety driving down the US Pacific Coast and hit a meeting at a nice facility right next to the ocean. I knew no one in the room and was sitting quietly at a table watching the room fill with a laughing, animated crowd. Suddenly, I heard yelling erupt at a table next to me. An angry guy was standing over another guy shaking his fist and shouting at him. A couple of AA members got between the two and escorted the yeller to the door. As they opened the door and ushered the yeller out you could have heard a pin drop. All of the laughter and chatter evaporated as we watched a rare occurrence in AA; a member being tossed out of a meeting. One of the bouncers suddenly stopped, returned to the door, opened it and yelled, "Keep coming back!". The roar of laughter that erupted could have been heard across the ocean in Japan. The chatter and light heartedness returned and we had a wonderful meeting.
After the meeting, I noticed several men outside the facility talking with the yeller who seemed to have calmed down. It felt good to be a member of a society that had the ability to handle an explosive situation in such a humorous, fair and graceful manner.
nice one.. lol..
don h. nashville
LOL!!! Great one! Thanks for sharing.
The Wife asked, "Where did all these empty whiskey bottles come from?" The husband replied, "Don't look at me, I didn't bring home any empty whiskey bottles!" Alfred G.
The Wife asked, "Where did all these empty whiskey bottles come from?" The husband replied, "Don't look at me, I didn't bring home any empty whiskey bottles!"
Take what you need and leave the rest
"Take what you want and leave the rest!" I practised that axiom all my life!!!
If I did not like a job I LEFT IT AND DID NOT DO IT!!!
The above phrase is a perfect description of my drinking!
When asked what my favourite drink was,
I replied in one word. MORE!!!
" I am suffering from an acute form of inverse paranoia!!!
I think my family and friends are holding secret meetings, planning ways to make me happy!"
GRATITUDE CHANGES YOUR ATTITUDE. YOU CAN'T BE HATEFUL, IF YOU ARE GRATEFUL.
Most of my INSIGHTS are just HINDSIGHTS!
The more I know about AA and the less I do about it, THE MORE I SUFFER!!!
We don't get well in AA, WE GET BETTER!
Of course I don's always get what I want!!! Instead I get what I need!!!
7 days without a meeting makes a weak.
7 days without a meeting makes ONE weak.
:) 7 days without a meeting makes ONE weak!
Should be, "makes ONE weak!" lol
" I was never a fan of reality!"
Newcomer:"How do I know that I drink too much?"
Oldtimer;" Maybe, by asking that very question!"
No matter what I am experiencing now, a drink of alcohol cannot improve on it!!!
Gratitude chances your attitude.
You can't be grateful, if you are grateful.
I can choose to live one day at a time or one day at a whine...
At a meeting today a member shared that as he was driving, he noticed a slogan in the back window of the card ahead of him. "I AM UNABLE TO LAUGH AT MYSELF!" Some wit responded in writing and stated, "I can help here. I can laugh at you!!!
Another comment had this gem, A member saw the follwing remark on the wall in his local barber shop. "Everyday, I make a decisin to like one person. Today is not your day! And it is not looking too good for you tomorrow either!"
He said, " If I can laugh at myself I can have a life of free, endless entertainment!!!
Charlie Chaplain entered a Charlie Chaplain look alike competition.
HE CAME THIRD!!!
No matter what I am experiencing now, one drink of alcohol does not IMPROVE IT!!!
Gratitude changes your attitude!
You can't be grateful, if you are hateful!
I used to say "I COULDN'T HELP MYSELF"
Often the truth was that I DIDN'T HELP MYSELF!!!"
So two days ago I was trying to find a meeting, saw a 5:30pm listed but when I got there no one was around. So I called my good friend and he talked me through another sober night. He also told me "Hey those doors were unlocked, next time just stop for a few minutes, grab a big book, read a story or two and see what happens. So yesterday I did just that, none was there so I grabbed a big book and sat down to read. Not five minutes had passed when a car pulled up. Older gentleman walked up to me and said "looks like it's just us, I'm chuck and i have been sober 32 years." I replied" I'm mike and I've been sober for 3 days" we sat and talked for an hour or so. It was just amazing to me how that worked. I don't think there was anything random about that encounter. Keep your eyes peeled for those small miracles.
it is always true that we just share experience strength and hope with one another Some of those encounters are more benefit to me since I need to be reminded what is like in very early sobriety.
I know I have lost a lot of trust with my wife from my drinking and drugging, but what I don't understand is that she throws this up to me constantly. It is really a big hit in the heart for me. I really feel like she trust me with nothing, not just the disease I have, and it really makes me lose a lot of faith in myself. I have even starting taking depression meds. I had a wreck from alcohol, that almost took my life, and now I am sitting here with a broke neck asking for some kind of input with somebody with some length of sobriety. My sobriety date is June 1, 2013, and this is my dozen or so time battleing this drink, and this time I am lucky to be here. Look I actually need a friend, before I lose my mind. I have a sponsor, but sometimes that's just not enough.
Hi my name is Bill and I am an alcoholic.My sobriety date is Feb 19th 2010.work the steps all of them.Does your wife attend alanon meetings?Don't give up,We have caused a lot of wreckage but we can recover through working the steps.Your wife is scared and hurt and needs help,alanon can help her.become involved in service work and help other alcoholics by sharing your story.one of the most corroding threads to our existence is fear.Do not become a victim of self pity get out and help others,your wife will see a change in your behavior and just maybe she will stop belittling you.I will pray for you and your wife,your friend Bill
Trust is one of the many broken things from our past many alcoholics bring here. Through working the steps as described in the Big Book of AA and developing a reliance on a higher power you can recover from the hopeless malady of mind and spirit brought on by alcoholism and begin to repair the damage of the past. If your an alcoholic like me, then take it one day at a time (or minute as the case may be). Find a good sponsor who will walk you through the steps. Through working the steps you will develop an understanding and reliance on power greater than yourself. As it states in the Big Book. the promises, they will materialize if we work for them.
You need god! He'll work miracles through you that nobody else can;-)
Congratulations on your sobriety date. It's hard to break the thinking cycle. The best way to do that is to DO something else. Start walking. Bend over and pet a dog or pick up a wrapper. Those precious seconds will make you forget your problems (before they all flood back). Those seconds will get longer but start small. Start today. Start now. (...like right now).
i'm in the same boat . i've been in a wheelchair 12 years now . she doesn't even trust me to go to a meeting by myself !
"Alcoholism can wipe the smile from the face of a child!"
"At my first AA meeting, I did noy know whether I was animal, plant or mineral!"
"I always wanted to be somebody. I guess I shuold have been more partciular!"
An alcoholic on a vacation send a postcard greeting to her mother, "I am having a lovely time. I wish that I was here!"
My friend was sober for many years in AA. He had a serious car crash. He escaped with a few scratches but the car was a wreck. He had a miraculous escape, but his brain was affected.
He worked in a nearby hospital for mentally handicapped adults and children.
Sometimes he left the hospital and went to pray in a nearby church.
One day he told me,"Do you know what I thought while praying in the church?
I replied, "No. Tell me what you were thinking about in the church."
He answered, " I could see that AVOIDANCE was DANCING IN A VOID!!!"
Cut her some slack, as you said, she has no trust in you and why should she. Since you have a broken neck, she is or has probably had to take care of you and may be bitter about that as well. You need to let time take time. Ask your sponsor if he will bring a meeting to your home if you cannot get out. Get a list of AA men's phone numbers and call, call, call. You can have a mini meeting on the phone and us AA er's are usually more than willing to come to a home for a one on one, or better yet a two on one. Read your Big Book, "To the Wives" and "The Family Afterward"
It will get better if you work the steps and the program.
Hi: I have found that trust is something that is earned and I am sure you will earn it if you hang in there. One day at a time. A sober friend in NY State. Hugs.
trust will come..dont drink and go to lots of meetings...
trust will come..dont drink and go to lots of meetings...
I sympathise with your need for a friend to talk to ,and to understand what you are going through. It will take a while for your wife to come around as she has been burned before.give time time,know that the best ears and support will come from other people in the program who have shared the same things you are going thru.you are doing the right thing by sharing on this site.it will be your sounding board and we will be the friend you are missing for now.