Grapevine Quote of the Day ~ June 22

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“Although we can borrow from religion, medicine, and psychiatry, we are not any one of them. We cannot run hospitals nor half-way houses, nor marry the group with a religious sect. We cannot send lobbyists to Congress and we don’t mix AA with banking enterprises. We aren’t educators nor counselors. We cannot lend our name to any other cause except our own. The more we mind our own business, the greater our influence becomes; medicine, religion, and psychiatry start borrowing from our experience and ideas. So do the fields of education, research, and rehabilitation. All kinds of groups based on AA’s Twelve Steps have evolved, groups that deal with gambling, eating, drug addiction, mental illness, divorce, etc. They’ve borrowed from the AA program and made their own adaptations. We didn’t have to endorse them or lend our name. This tells us strongly that the more AA sticks to its primary purpose, the greater will be its helpful influence.” 

San Antonio, Texas, June 1996
“Simplicity Works Best,”

AA Grapevine

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Independence

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And the facts seem to be these: The more we become willing to depend upon a Higher Power, the more independent we actually are. Therefore dependence, as A.A. practices it, is really a means of gaining true independence of the spirit.
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 36

Thought to Ponder . . . If faith without works is dead; then willingness without action is fantasy.

AA-related ‘Alconym’ . . . H O W = Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness.

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Grapevine Quote of the Day ~ June 20

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“For me, there is no better feeling than the one I get running into another alcoholic when I’m feeling down. We alcoholics are bonded together by the sadness of a deadly disease and the miracle of a spiritual solution.”

December 2006
“Between a Bartender and a Bad-Tempered Boss,”

AA Grapevine

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Inventory

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We did exactly the same thing with our lives. We took stock honestly. First, we searched out the flaws in our make-up which caused our failure. Being convinced that self, manifested in various ways, was what had defeated us, we considered its common manifestations.
– Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 64

Thought to Ponder . . . I must walk into darkness to find the light.

AA-related ‘Alconym’ . . . A R T  =  Always Remain Teachable.

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