Random Thoughts

My sponsee’s are always asking me… “What was that you said about….?”, so I thought I create a space to share some of my random thoughts (and thoughts I’ve heard that really resonate with me from other members of the Fellowship).  DISCLAIMER: Please remember I’m just one member of the Fellowship and certainly don’t speak for A.A. as a whole.  😉

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My Favorite Sayings

“Old behavior isn’t old behavior if I’m still doing it.”

“There’s never an end to the help that’s needed, only an end of the willingness to help.”

“When I’m not in this moment, I simply ask myself, “Where are my feet?””

“I’ve always heard, “if ya spot it – ya got it!””

“I don’t have to like it, but I do have to accept it for being exactly as it’s supposed to be at this moment. Once I accept it, complaining about it becomes obsolete.”

“If I were any better, I’d have to be two people.”

“Experience isn’t the same thing as opinion.  You can debate my opinion but you can’t debate my experience.”
(from my sponsor)

“While all 12 are important, 6 & 7 are the meat and substance of my program.”

“3 Steps to freedom and enlightenment:

“I don’t WORK the Steps (I WORK a program).  I TAKE the Steps.”

“I’m not IN the program – I’m IN the Fellowship.”

Trust in God is not a sliding scale – it’s a toggle switch.  Either it’s ON or it’s OFF.”

“I’m not addicted to alcohol – I’m addicted to MORE.”

“The biggest enemy I have is the noise that lives between my
left ear and my right ear.”

“Read the 1st 164 Pages of the Big Book in 1st Person – It Will Rock Your World!”

Other's Sayings I Love

“Never go upstairs without adult supervision.”

“I gotta stop having conversations with people who aren’t in the room.”

“Loitering with the intent to recover.”

“TRYING implies the possibility of failure.  Don’t try – do!”

“People who matter don’t judge and people who judge don’t matter.”

“Denial is not a river in Egypt, but you can drown in it.”

“My level of serenity is directly proportionate to the level of realistic expectations I place on those around me.”

“Nothing changes if nothing changes.”

“Trust in God removes all fear instantly.  I can’t be “in” fear and faith at the exact same time.”

“Labels are for file folders – not people.”

“Sobriety delivers everything alcohol promised.”

“Humility elicits my greatness much more than my big mouth ever will.”

“If faith without works is dead; then willingness without action is fantasy.”

“When the power of love overrides the love of power – peace begins.”

“I can’t stay drunk today on yesterday’s alcohol any easier than I can stay sober today on yesterday’s actions.”

“Going to meetings doesn’t make you sober any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.”

“Sobriety is never owned – it’s rented.  And rent is due every day.”

“They’re not doin’ it TO me – they’re just doin’ it.”

“Serenity isn’t the absence of conflict but the ability to cope with it.”

“How many people you sponsorin’ right now? Oh, about half of em’!!”

“Alcoholism is an equal opportunity destroyer.”

“A.A. has a wrench to fit almost every nut that walks in the door.”

“I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me.”

“What other people think of you has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them.”

“In early sobriety I did everything right in AA except 12 things.”

“I’m not an alcoholic like you – but like you, I’m an alcoholic.”