Legacy of Recovery

Dancing on the Edge… On Purpose

Dancing on the Edge… On Purpose

I was recently in a noon ZOOM meeting in Washington D.C. and the topic was insanity and all its forms (early sobriety and beyond). I heard some wonderful shares from the folks in this meeting but one woman’s share really stood out to me (likely because I could relate to it). At one point during …

Wanna Get Sober?

Wanna Get Sober?

I'm certain that many of you have had a similar experience, but since 2014 I've had a guy I met in a meeting where I used to live continually slide into my DM's with messages like (in order over the last 7 years): "Hanging by a thread" "I don't even want to be awake now. ...

Taking Suggestions

Taking Suggestions

Recently, I had a sponsee ask me the most interesting question... “When you first came into A.A., what made you start taking the suggestions your sponsor gave you?” Honestly, I had to stop and think about it! I mean, TODAY, I am 100% clear about the answer... but back then when I was in a ...

4 Thoughts on the 4th Step Fears List

4 Thoughts on the 4th Step Fears List

Hi, my name is Rick and I’m an alcoholic.  My sobriety date is 11/17/1987….  I have been working with my current sponsor since February of 2013 and when I first started working with him, I asked him if he would take me back through the Steps and teach them to me the way HE was …

The 7 Deadly – A Quick Inventory

The 7 Deadly – A Quick Inventory

I was playing around the internet this weekend and ran across and interesting website, www.thejaywalker.com. I found this on it and thought I would share it with you.  I call them my P.A.G.G.L.E.S. ……………….. These considerations were taken from pages 48, 49, 66 & 67 of the Twelve and Twelve The bold type presents definitions …

Emmet Fox and Alcoholics Anonymous

Emmet Fox and Alcoholics Anonymous

Copyright © The A.A. Grapevine, Inc., February 1996 One of the very early recovering alcoholics who worked with co-founder Bill W. was a man named Al, whose mother was secretary to Emmet Fox, a popular lecturer on New Thought philosophy. When the early groups were meeting in New York, members would frequently adjourn after a …

There Are No “Musts” in the Program

There Are No “Musts” in the Program

How many times have you heard that said in meetings of Alcoholic Anonymous? After being around the rooms for over three decades, I continue to be amazed at the amount of things bantered around A.A. meetings that have no foundation in our program of action (the first 164 pages of the book, Alcoholics Anonymous).  The …

Life On Life’s Terms

Life On Life’s Terms

Greetings family – I had a sponsee reach out to me via text this morning and asked this question… “Do you know a good reading from AA literature about dealing with life on life’s terms? Obviously the acceptance stuff, but maybe something else?”  Because I am fully aware how my thinking is my problem today …

My Four Awakenings

My Four Awakenings

Just my experience… I am grateful beyond measure that I have allowed myself to experience #teachablemoments in A.A. where I could continue to grow. My willingness to listen to those that have gone before me (and to THEIR experience) has certainly given me many awakenings on my journey. While there have been many lessons learned, …