Legacy of Recovery

Surrender Through the Steps

Surrender Through the Steps

Hello family… A few nights ago I was sitting in a book study with my sponsor and sponsor brothers – and my sponsor, Chris D., said something I’d heard before but loved hearing again…. “Each of our 12 Steps is designed to have us surrender something.” Now, I’ve heard that said before and have heard …

Recovered vs. Cured

Recovered vs. Cured

As I’ve shared before, I’m  part of a morning text conversation with about 15 men in the Fellowship, and this morning, one of the men shared this: “Good morning y’all ☀️ Reading in How It Works this morning this sentence struck me, “He provided what we needed, if we kept close to Him and performed …

Growing in Understanding and Effectiveness

Growing in Understanding and Effectiveness

I was sitting in a speaker meeting a few nights ago and heard the speaker say this phrase (the title of this post).  I’ve heard it a million times and know that it’s where Step Ten starts in the chapter “Into Action” in the Big Book.  When I got home that night, I opened my …

CHANGE? No, Thank You!

CHANGE? No, Thank You!

It’s a well-known fact that alcoholics, generally, are resistant to change. If your experience is anything like mine, when a new idea is presented to you, and IF it’s a drastic departure from what you’ve become comfortable with or are used to… as it says in our literature, “rebellion dogs our every step.” Why is …

Do Words Matter?

Do Words Matter?

A friend of mine in the Fellowship who loves our literature often says, “Thank God they wrote it down.” Truer words could not have been spoken. I continue to be grateful that A.A. co-founders (and others) wrote down their experience of our action-based program in the beginning days of Alcoholics Anonymous. In 1942, our co-founder …

The Most Boring Story I’ve Ever Read

The Most Boring Story I’ve Ever Read

When I first came into the Fellowship and finally made the decision to get a sponsor (cuz’ ya’ll kept talking about that ad nasueum…LOL), I asked a man to be my “temporary sponsor” (which I loved because in my addled brain, there was very little commitment there). His name was Benny. I know you don’t …

What’s My Intention?

What’s My Intention?

In November of 2020, I posted this question on Facebook… “If I’m sitting in a left turn only lane, why do I need to turn on my left blinker?” At the time, it didn’t seemed logical to me to use my left turn blinker when I’m sitting in a lane that the only thing you …

My 12 Step Action Plan

My 12 Step Action Plan

When I first came into A.A., I had no idea there was going to be be work I was gonna have to do (that’s how delusional and self-centered I was). In the beginning, I just thought it was about putting down the bottle. Little did I know that there would be much work I would …

Think Think Think

Think Think Think

If you’ve been around A.A. for a minute, you’ve probably heard the many slogans we use in meeting rooms (and that hang on meeting room walls). There are only three official slogans in our program (found in the first 164 pages) and they are, “First Things First”, “Live and Let Live”, and “Easy Does It” …