Definition of Problem:
A matter or situation regarded as unwelcome or harmful and needing to be dealt with and overcome.

of Problem:
Difficulty, issue, complication, muddle, snag, hitch, drawback, obstacle, hurdle, hiccup, setback, predicament, 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 cannot solve life’s problems except by solving them. –Unknown

All problems can be reduced to one problem;  Conscious separation from God.
All solutions can be reduced to one solution; Conscious contact with God. –Chuck C. | More…

Most problems are dispensed with by seeing them as opportunities for creative response, calmly seeking guidance and then moving ahead slowly, being aware of the effects of our actions. –Each Day A New Beginning | More…
The reality of God’s presence is not dependent on any place, but only dependent upon the determination to set the Lord always before us. Our problems come when we refuse to bank on the reality of His presence. –My Utmost for His Highest | More…


Ultimately this is not about solving your problems. It is about realizing that there are no problems. Problems are mind-made and need Time to survive. They cannot survive on the actuality of Now. Focus your attention on the Now and tell me what problem you have at this moment. I am not getting any answer because it is impossible to have a problem when your attention is fully in the Now. A situation that needs to be either dealt with or accepted – yes. Why make it into a problem. Problem means that you are dwelling on a situation mentally without there being a true intention of possibility of taking action now and that you are unconsciously making it part of your present self. Or you are carrying in your mind the insane burden of a hundred things that you will or may have to do in the future instead of focusing your attention on the one thing that you can do now. When you create a problem you create pain. All it takes is a simple choice, a simple decision: no matter what happens, I will create no more pain for myself. I will create no more problems. You won’t be able to go through with it unless you access the power of Now. If you create no more pain for yourself, then you create no more pain for others. You are no longer contaminating the beautiful Earth, your inner space, and the collective human psyche with the negativity of problem-making. In any life-or-death emergency situation, either you survive or you don’t. Either way it is not a problem. Problems are illusions. As there are no problems in the Now, there is no fear either. Should a situation arise that you need to deal with now, your action will be clear and incisive if it arises out of present-moment awareness. It is also more likely to be effective. It will be an intuitive response to the situation. –The Power of Now p.53-55.


Mountain-sized problems happen sometimes, but we don’t need to create them. Trust in a loving God of our understanding will put most of our problems in their proper perspective. We no longer need to create chaos to feel excited about our lives. Our recovery gives us countless real-life opportunities for excitement and drama. –Just For Today | More…

Some of us seem to make mountains out of molehills with our problems. When we find ourselves obsessed with a complication in our lives, we will do well to sharply remind ourselves of all that is going right. We remind ourselves that as long as we are doing the footwork, a loving Higher Power will care for our lives. Mountain-sized problems happen sometimes, but we don’t need to create them. Trust in a loving God of our understanding will put most of our problems in their proper perspective. –Just for today | More…


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