Definition of Different:
Not the same as another or each other; unlike in nature, form, or quality.

Synonyms of Different:

Dissimilar, unalike, non-identical, contrasting, divergent, disparate, etc.

These notes are from recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs.
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We hope you find them helpful.

Love in fellowship.


We know for sure–we are different from others. Everyone’s unique. We need to feel good about the ways we’re different from others too.

We think a little different, act a little different, and look a little different from anyone else. We each have our own way to make life better for others. –Keep It Simple | More…


We all are different. Differences can cause us fear and set us apart from others, and we have no idea why.

Addiction closes us down, recovery opens us up.
In the program, we learn that we are all more alike than we are different.

We learn to look for what we share. We learn that we know so little about ourselves (let alone others) and that judgments are not helpful. —Day By Day


Coming to believe that we all have valid perspectives on every experience is akin to coming to believe that there is a Higher Power in charge of our lives. It takes willingness to suspend our assumptions and adopt the principles of this program.

It’s liberating, even exhilarating, to realize that we all see situations a bit differently.
How I see my experiences today is up to me; how my friends see theirs is up to them.
My view may complement theirs, but it’s mine, solely. –A Woman’s Spirit/Karen Casey | More…

Religion describes the social, public, and organized means by which people relate to the sacred and divine, spirituality describes such relations when they occur in private, personally, and in ways.


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