(week 339) 12 July 2018 12 Step Study Big Book All Addictions Workshop
Call back number: 641 715 3900 pin no. 95666# (available for a week)
Open Study Buddy group on Sundays 11-12am EST.
319 527 3511 pin no. 587213#
Tuesdays 8am EST
Reading the AA literature: Living Sober & As Bill Sees It.
Everyone is encouraged to come to this awesome group.
To listen to the recording: 641 715 3900 pin no. 298913#
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If you are new to the workshop (or not receiving the questions) please
phone Sue W *HS Ruddock on: 434 987 4346 and email her at: BR8A@hscmail.mcc.virginia.edu
If you do not have a members’ list ask Sue to email it to you to enable you
to phone other members. If someone is no longer on the meeting it is an opportunity to ask if they would be interested in joining the next Big Book workshop which will start after we finish Step 12 & Tradition 12.
The next Big Book Study Group will start on Thursday 13 September 2018.
Pass this message onto anyone you think may be interested in joining.
Step 12: “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”
AA 12 x 12 Pages 113-4
Stephanie believes gratitude is the answer to all our problems. Not even acceptance which can be harder, much harder. “We can always find something to be grateful for. And then gratitude can bring acceptance. The more grateful I am the more I am able to say, with God I can get through this. And then accept what is happening.”
look up: calamity.
The best-intentioned of us can fall for the “two-step”illusion. Sooner or later the pink cloud stage wears off and things go disappointingly dull. We begin to think that A.A. doesn't pay off after all. We become puzzled and discouraged.
Q1. Do you find recovery disappointing? For example. did you think Prince Charming would come into your life, you would get the ideal job, be in good health, etc.? Are you puzzled and discouraged in your recovery about anything?
Then perhaps life, as it has a way of doing, suddenly hands us a great big lump that we can't begin to swallow, let alone digest.
Q2. How did you handle the last big lump of life, with gratitude or self-pity?
We fail to get a worked-for promotion. We lose that good job. Maybe there are serious domestic or romantic difficulties, or perhaps that boy we thought God was looking after becomes a military casualty. What then? Have we alcoholics in A.A. got, or can we get, the resources to meet these calamities which come to so many of us.
Q3. What do you consider a calamity? Write out some calamities you have been through and then ask yourself what resources did I use to meet these particular calamities.
[This will give you a really good examination of your recovery. And what areas you need to put more emphasis on.]
Listen to the Tuesday group recording on Living Sober and page 27 of As Bill Sees It. Is there a different way? Yes God’s way….We of AA obey spiritual principles.
These were problems of life which we could never face up to. Can we now, with the help of God as we understand Him, handle them as well and as bravely as our nonalcoholic friends often do? Can we transform these calamities into assets, sources of growth and comfort to ourselves and those about us? Well, we surely have a chance if we switch from “two-stepping” to “twelve-stepping,” if we are willing to receive that grace of God which can sustain and strengthen us in any catastrophe.
Q4. Are you willing to let go? To transform these assets into strengths and aspects of maturity?
Our basic troubles are the same as everyone else's, but when an honest effort is made “to practice these principles in all our affairs,” well-grounded A.A.'s seem to have the ability, by God's grace, to take these troubles in stride and turn them into demonstrations of faith. We have seen A.A.'s suffer lingering and fatal illness with little complaint, and often in good cheer. We have sometimes seen families bro- ken apart by misunderstanding, tensions, or actual infidelity, who are reunited by the A.A. way of life.
Q.5 What area of your life needs God’s power?
Q6. In Al-Anon they talk about the elephant in the room.
Is there any type of elephant in your life, something that is off?
[It could be something like un-forgiveness].
Our live phone meetings are every Tuesday at 8:00 AM EST. The phone number for these live meetings is (712) 775-7031, and the meeting ID number is 714744988#.
P O Box 531
North Pembroke MA 02358
You can listen to our recorded meetings at (641) 715-3900, pin 95666# for our Tuesday Big Book Step Study workshop. You can also hear our Thursday Big Book Study recordings at (641) 715-3900, pin 298913#. These meetings can be accessed at any time.