Acceptance - Recovered 1020
Release Date: 08/07/2019
Joe and Charlie giving their "Big Book Comes Alive" presentation - July 25th 2013 Premium Membership Information Sustaining Partner Information Episode Partner Donationinfo_outline Step 10 - Recovered 1267
Continuing to do anything in our daily lives usually means getting better at it. And so it goes with Step Ten of AA Alcoholics Anonymous. Nobody ever really enjoys admitting to being wrong, it’s much easier to blame others. Admitting when we are wrong and promptly being accountable for our side of the street is absolutely necessary in order for us to maintain our spiritual progress in recovery. The best part about practicing the Tenth Step of AA in our daily lives is that the more we exercise self-discovery, honesty, humility, and reflection, the fewer apologies, and amends we have to make!...info_outline Joe and Charlie Part 7 - Recovered 1266
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“Every A.A. has found that he can make little headway in this new adventure of living until he first backtracks and really makes an accurate and unsparing survey of the human wreckage he has left in his wake.” Remember, you have acted with courage working all of your previous steps in AA and staying sober! With Step Eight you have the opportunity to translate your experience of courage into developing a compassionate spirit. The exact wording of step 8 is: Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. “The readiness to take the full consequences...info_outline Joe and Charlie Part 6 - Recovered 1264
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Step Seven of AA’s Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve Step recovery program is about getting rid of character defects and replacing them by practicing humility and spiritual principles. Working on the seventh step requires frequent thoughtfulness and commitment to being honest, courageous, and humble. We discovered our assets and shortcomings when working on steps four and five. With Step 7 we became prepared to deal with these qualities so that in Step 7 we could be ready to act. The exact wording of step 7 is: Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings. Tonight, we talk about Step 7 3:25 To...info_outline Joe and Charlie Part 4 - Recovered 1262
Step Six of AA’s Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve Step program of recovery is all about the removal of what doesn’t work in our lives anymore. Since you have completed Step Four and Five you surely have plenty of things that were revealed to you about what you need to get rid of! So now it’s time to allow a Higher Power to cut out these attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors at the source. You get to partner up with your Higher Power and make a firm decision to let go of the character defects and flaws that have been ruling your life and leading to self-destruction. The exact wording of step 6 is:...info_outline
When your life has been impacted by addiction, it’s easy to beat yourself up and feel excessive shame. But that kind of behavior will never drive you to commit to the life-long process of beating your addiction. Instead, you need to master the art of personal acceptance.
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Tonight, the topic is
By accepting who you are, the nature of your alcoholism, and the ways in which you can beat it, you are giving yourself the power and confidence to defeat the stranglehold of addiction. Acceptance gives you the strength to pry back the choking fingers of alcoholism away from your throat and give your lungs access to the glorious and life-giving air of sobriety.
I did an open talk for Anne-Marie’s home group a couple of Fridays ago and they gave this
A coffee cup with the Acceptance cup
Guess they knew something..
Going to you first, ????,
What are your first thoughts on this topic?
What does acceptance mean to you?
Here is what my coffee mug says...
Page 417 of the big book:
"And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today.
When I am disturbed,
It is because I find some person, place, thing, situation --
Some fact of my life -- unacceptable to me,
And I can find no serenity until I accept
That person, place, thing, or situation
As being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.
Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God's world by mistake.
Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober;
Unless I accept life completely on life's terms,
I cannot be happy.
I need to concentrate not so much
On what needs to be changed in the world
As on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes."
When did you first read the Acceptance statement?
What was your reaction to it?
When you were new,
what kinds of loss and disappointments were you experiencing?
How did the spiritual tool of Acceptance help?
In early sobriety, did you try to force certain outcomes
were there some consequences you were trying to avoid?
Did you get the outcome you desired?
In early sobriety, did you struggle against reality?
How does acceptance and reality relate?
What is the serenity prayer?
How does the acceptance statement and the serenity prayer relate?
What is your experience with the prayer?
We asked our listeners about this topic.
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We asked our listeners,
"What prevents you from gaining acceptance?”
Did you take the survey?
What would be your answer?
What gets in the way of acceptance?
Why does acceptance help you?
How are forgiveness and acceptance related?
What does acceptance look like today?
What are you trying to accept today?
What tools, steps, prayers, slogans, traditions, are you using?
What is the opposite of acceptance?
In the end, it's important to remember that disease acceptance does not mean that you have to like it, condone it, or even ignore it.
What does accepting what you don’t like mean to you?
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What would you say to the new guy about Acceptance?
In the 12 and 12, it reads:
It is a spiritual axiom that every time I am disturbed there is something wrong with Me
Your thoughts on this form of acceptance?
So Remember; abandon yourself to God and admit your faults. Clear away the wreckage of your past and give freely. God bless and see you next time.