SHARING

Definition of Share: use or enjoy something with others / sharing is caring.
Synonyms of Share: assist, encourage, join-in, taking-part, transmitting, etc

These notes are from recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs.
Readers are encouraged to click external links for more detail.
We hope you find them helpful.
Love in fellowship.

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To share what you have eliminates complexity. Whatever you share will be returned to you in an amount equal or greater. –Elders | More…

The gift of recovery grows when I share it. I will find someone with whom to share it. –Just for Today | More…

It is no accident that each of us brings a unique contribution and personal viewpoint to the table. God’s design has gathered us together to learn from one another. –A Life of My Own/Karen Casey | More…

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We are only as sick as the secrets we keep. Sharing our fears, our hurts, our anger, keeps open our channel to God.

Every secret we have and tell someone, frees that person also to be him/herself and to grow. Sharing experiences relieves us of our shame and invites the forgiveness we must allow ourselves.

Steps Four and Five facilitate the process of sharing those secrets that block our path to
God and to one another. Self-revelation cleanses the soul and offers us life. –Each Day a New Beginning/Karen Casey | More…

It’s not easy to share the intimate details of our lives. The magic in sharing our experience, strength, and hope with others is hard to define.

We simply know that when we do it, we feel relieved of our burden and we help
someone else feel less isolated. We have come together because we want to get well. –A Woman’s Spirit/Karen Casey | More…

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I was different from everybody and needed to keep my life — my true life — a secret.
I was living a life of quiet desperation!

I saw people as being different from myself, and so I remained the lonely and isolated victim. Then I went to a meeting for recovering alcoholics and heard somebody share my pain, my loneliness, my confusion, my addiction — my life. Strange how similar we are when we begin to share. –Father Leo | More…

Staying isolated with our joys isn’t helpful.
It minimizes them, thus cheating us out of feeling their full thrill.

We deserve joy in our lives – lots of it – because we will have our full measure of pain.
Perhaps we fear others will criticize us for being braggarts if we sing forth our joy.

But our real friends will sing right along with us. Our joys are deserved; they offset our trials. Telling others about both will let all our experiences count for something. –A Life of My Own/Karen Casey. | More…

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Those times when we grow disgusted with meetings and find ourselves complaining that “they don’t know how to share” or “it was another whining session” are probably indications that we need to take a good, hard look at how we share.

What we share about how we got into recovery and how we stayed here through practicing the Twelve Steps is the real message of recovery.

That’s what we are all looking for when we go to a meeting. Our primary purpose is to carry the message to the still-suffering alcoholic, and what we share at meetings can either contribute significantly to this effort or detract greatly. The choice, and the responsibility, is ours –Just for today | More…

If we fail to or refuse to recognize the value of our knowledge, in sharing, we force ourselves into a sort of isolation and — worse still — deprive others of our insights. –One More Day | More…

The strength of Alcoholics Anonymous lies in the desire of each member and of each
group around the world to share with other alcoholics their suffering and the steps taken to gain, and maintain, recovery. –Daily Reflections | More…

We should never consider meeting attendance a form of bondage.
There are many activities in life that are required for our peace and freedom.

Meeting attendance is one of these things. We can be grateful for the opportunities meetings provide for sharing our personal experiences. No criticism should be allowed to intrude on this. –Walk In Dry Places/Mel B. | More…

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We did not come into this world alone. Our voyage through this life is in concert with many others: some who directly aid us, while others seem to hinder our paths

Our presence is helping to pave the way for both the friends and the strangers we will encounter today. We have all been charged, in this life, to help one another fulfil our destinies.

Our impatience with one another, our wavering love and acceptance of each other, at times our disavowal of our brothers and sisters comes because we fail to understand the necessary part we each play in the drama of one another’s life. –Each Day A New Beginning/Karen Casey | More…

To share what you have eliminates complexity. The Elders say, live a simple life. One of the principles in the Unseen World is, the more you give, the more you get. You can become a channel for abundance for your family, tribe, or community. –Elders | More…

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A giving person sets up flow or replacement. Whatever you share will be returned to you in an amount equal or greater. The Indian way is for everyone to give to another, thus the community wins. –Elders | More…

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