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MORNING HELPERS 30/04

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The great paradox of A.A. is that I know I cannot keep the precious gift of sobriety
unless I give it away.  My primary purpose is to stay sober. –Daily Reflections | More…

When I am truly honest about what I think and feel, it may unite me with the true identity of others. My involvement with my fellow man revolves around my honesty. –Father Leo | More…

If we are impatient, we cannot work a daily program. By exercising patience, we learn it is worth waiting for, striving for, and working to develop a relationship with our Higher Power. –Day by Day

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There is a time to let things happen and a time to make things happen. I can take
the action by doing the step work, and leave the outcome in my Higher Power’s hands. —One Day At A Time

There is always a three-part process in any reaction; first, the other person’s behavior;  second, a moment of choosing a response; and third, our reaction. There is liberation in noticing the choice stage. —Touchstones

Although thoughts are things, they are not actions; although feelings are real, they are not facts. They only have the power we give them through our actions. –Pocket Sponsor

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MORNING HELPERS 19/04

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You are what you think
Not what you think you are.

Having made our personal inventory, what shall we do about it? We will have admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being, the exact nature of our defects. –Big Book p.72 | More…

We recovered alcoholics are not so much brothers in virtue as we are brothers in our defects. The Fellowship of A.A., and God, are teaching me how to care about others. –Daily Reflections | More…

Since I’ve been putting sobriety into my life, I’ve been taking out a lot of good things.
The satisfaction you get out of living a sober life is made up of a lot of little things. –24Hours | More…

Faith is complete surrender to the will of God and acceptance of His plan for us.
Learn to be peaceful in all situations and trust that through all stages of our lives, God has a plan.

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Good things keep happening to us. We are sober.
What a difference from the days before we entered our program! –Father Leo

God has taken up residence within us as our guide and in the world as our companion.
We can harbour no thoughts or desires or prayers in secret. –Karen Casey | More…

Discipline
It is no accident that the words discipline and disciple come from the same root.
To be a disciple of any path, one must be disciplined.
Life works best when we learn to discipline ourselves.
Discipline is your ticket to freedom and path to excellence,
and becoming the master of yourself and your life. –Listening to Your Inner Voice | More…

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MORNING HELPERS 18/04

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Each day, somewhere in the world, recovery begins when one alcoholic talks with another alcoholic, sharing experience, strength, and hope. –Big Book p. xxii

Whether we get what we want or not, what we need is to accept ourselves, our illness, a desire to become well, and the guidance of our Higher Power. –Mark Allen Zabawa | More…

Let us love you until you can learn to love yourself The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well. –One Day At A Time | More…

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He who conceals his disease cannot expect to be cured. –Ethiopian Proverb
Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. –Mark Twain

Quotes
AA works if you believe in God
AA works if you don’t believe in God
AA doesn’t work if you believe you are God

Honesty The deception of others is nearly always rooted in the deception of ourselves…
I need to remember each day that deceiving myself about myself is setting myself up for failure or disappointment in life and in Alcoholics Anonymous. –Daily Reflections | More…

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MORNING HELPERS 17/04

The only person you can ever be better than is the person you were yesterday.

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‘Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic.’ Commencing to drink after a period of sobriety,
we are in a short time as bad as ever. –Big Book p.33 | More…

We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection. Our description of the alcoholic, the chapter to the agnostic, and our personal adventures before and after make clear three pertinent ideas:

(a) That we were alcoholic and could not manage our own lives.
(b) That probably no human power could have relieved our alcoholism.
(c) That God could and would if He were sought.”  | More…

Fear of the unknown, often referred to as free-floating anxiety, catches up to us on occasion. Shifting our focus, from self-centered fears to another person’s needs, offers us a perspective on our own life. –Karen Casey | More…

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When you enter this timeless dimension of the present, change often comes about in strange ways without the need for a great deal of doing on your part. Life becomes helpful and cooperative. –The Power of Now | More…

Bring any request you have to God. Asking for what we want and need is taking care of ourselves. –Melody Beattie | More…

Peace of mind comes from accepting what we can do nothing about and taking responsibility for what we can. –Wisdom to Know/Anonymous

Resentment, fear & anger are related;
Resentment is the feeling I have when I remember that I didn’t get my way in the past.
Fear is the feeling I have when I don’t think I’ll get my way in the future.
Anger is the feeling I have when I don’t get my way right now!

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MORNING HELPERS 16/04

Never let the abundance of gifts from God cause you to forget the Giver.

When we dwell on the problem, it gets bigger.
When we dwell on the solution, it gets bigger.

I don’t tell my Higher Power how big my problem is I tell my problem how big my Higher Power is –Pocket Sponsor

Follow the dictates of a Higher Power and you will presently live in a new and wonderful world, no matter what your present circumstances! –Big Book | More…

At the end of the day, the only questions I will ask myself are…
Did I love enough? Did I laugh enough? Did I make a difference? –Anon

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We do not have to work so hard at gaining our insights. Perhaps the lesson is to trust ourselves to live, and experience, life. –Melody Beattie  | More…

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. We thought we were in pain before seeking help, only to find that recovery itself was even more painful? –One Day At A Time | More…

Take Time…
Take time to think…
it is the source of power.
Take time to play…
it is the secret of perpetual youth.
Take time to read…
it is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray…
it is the greatest power on earth.
Take time to love and be loved…
it is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly…
it is the road to happiness.
Take time to laugh…
it is the music of the soul.
Take time to give…
it is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work…
it is the price of success.
Take time to do charity…
it is the key to fulfilment.

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MORNING HELPERS 15/04

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We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics.
This is the first step in recovery. –Big Book p.30 | More…

Terrible things could have happened to any one of us. But fear of these things never kept us from drinking. –24Hours 15/04 | More… 

There’s an almost endless list of conditions that are not humanly possible to change. No human power could have relieved our alcoholism, but God could and did. –Walk In Dry Places/Mel B 15/04 |More…

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A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms. –Zen Shin As long as you’re recreating yourself, why not start by simply being GLAD! to be alive? –LumpySez

What is so necessary to understand is that our wait for what’s around the corner closes our eyes to the joys of the present moment. –Each Day a New Beginning/Karen Casey | More….

Anniversary
Mel B from Toledo, Ohio got sober on April 15, 1950. He passed away in 2017 at 67 years sober.

Mel modestly referred to himself as a “casual historian” of Alcoholics Anonymous and authored some very well-known books on AA history and numerous articles on recovery including:

  • Pass It On (Mel is the principle co-author. This book is considered the official biography of Bill W. )
  • New Wine: The Spiritual Roots of the 12 Step Miracle
  • My Search for Bill W.
  • Ebby: The Man Who Sponsored Bill W.
  • Three Recovery Classics: As a Man Thinketh by James Allen, The Greatest Thing in the World by Henry Drummond, An Instrument of Peace the St. Francis Prayer.
  • The 7 Key Principles of Successful Recovery (co-authored with Hazelden editor Bill P.)
  • 101 Meeting Starters: A Guide to Better 12 Step Discussions
  • Walk in Dry Places (inspirational messages for every day of the year)
  • Authored over 50 articles for the Grapevine

Interview with Mel B. | Here…

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Listen to Mel B. at Las Vegas Round Up, 2005 | Listen here