|Posted by DOKTAJAN on September 12, 2017 at 5:15 PM||comments (0)|
There are numerous references to God and spirituality that appear in Alcoholic Anonymous literature, namely in the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions. Some meetings even take the religion thing a bit further and recite the Lord’s Prayer. But for those who aren’t Christians, this rigidity can be considered too intolerant and offensive, making it a turn off for a number of recovering alcoholics looking to stay sober.
The conflicting mindsets have created tension over the years, and AA has sought to alleviate it by adopting a more diluted approach: encouraging a personal definition of “God” as any higher power the person may choose. In essence, this broadened concept of a higher power could mean a doorknob, a piece of cheese, or even your pet cat.
Unsurprisingly, this approach has attracted more people to AA, and a number of non-12-Step groups sprang up in major cities that tend to offer a secular approach to recovery. Here, fellowships modify the Steps to their own purposes, while some don’t even read the Steps at all.
Proponents of this approach argue that vigorous application of the 12 Steps is not the only way to succeed in recovery. Other factors can play an even more important role, such as whether or not the person has a sponsor, whether or not a support system that include non-drinkers is in place, and whether or not he or she is committed to helping others through community service.
Surrendering the Reins
But for whatever side of the fence you stand on with this issue, it’s important to acknowledge the necessity of relinquishing control – giving up on the notion that we can do everything ourselves. We are merely passengers in the Game of Life; only through surrendering our ego to someone or something can we find peace.
What works for one person doesn’t always work for someone else, so take what you need from AA’s language and leave the rest. This ultimately puts you in the position of being able to form a treatment program that works for you. Remember: If it doesn’t apply, let it fly.
|Posted by Mercy Jean on October 6, 2016 at 10:30 AM||comments (0)|
My name is Mercy. I have been sober a month shy of 12 years. I wanted to post again to let people know that I am still here if any women need a sponsor. I am happy to help. I normally use the phone to do step work but can facetime once in awhile if needed. Please send a message to me if you want to work together.
|Posted by Club_Epic aka Walt on August 9, 2016 at 10:40 PM||comments (0)|
GSAA Archivist Qualifications
Term of office: 1 year
Suggested sobriety: 2 or more years
Suggested previous service experience:
Service at the group level, face to face or online group. Example: Chairperson, Secretary, or Treasurer.
Other suggested qualifications: At least (18) months as a group member.
Familiar with our AA literature pertaining to groups and service, including: "Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions" (the Traditions parts), "The AA Service Manual," "Twelve Concepts for World Service" (at least the illustrated version); "AA Guidelines" (the entire set), and the pamphlet "The AA Group."
The function of the archivist can be considered therefore to be twofold: primarily, a custodial responsibility for assuring the physical integrity of the collections of records including minutes, motions, vote outcomes, group principles and group bylaws and ensure and its availability to group in a concise and sorted format.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Like the all GSAA positions, Archivists need to be good all-around group servants.
Maintain minutes of all(since GSAA's inception in 2012) prior business meetings.
Assists Vote Counter in maintaining the group membership and service rosters(WE DO NOT DO THIS CURRENTLY, only Group Chairperson has access to members of GSAA and no Private Message Function right now. ITR is aware of this.)
The Archivist can vote, introduce motions, and participate in discussion and should be preset at all business meetings.
The Archivist should keep a repository of minutes, in addition to:
1. Officer’s reports, if any were made during the meeting.
2. The exact wording of any motions introduced, and their fate (passed, defeated, referred to committee, or tabled).
3. If motions were referred to committee, make sure the group specifies the duties of the committee and when their report should be delivered to the full business meeting.
4. Develop to the best of his/her ability an archive of votes take, dates they took place and be able to access during business meetings for the group to make group conscience decisions using factual historical information.
If at any time the Archivist is unclear about something, he/she should ask Members who were responsible for the motion or the vote for clarification from the individual and the group immediately.
Taken from the AA Guidelines Archives, from GSO, Box 459, Grand Central Station, NY, NY
The archivist is the person responsible for the collection, including documents, books, recordings, and artifacts. He or she maintains the physical integrity of the collection, and also develops an index, inventory, and/or finding aid, to provide easy ways to search and access the collection. The archivist is also responsible for ensuring the protection of the anonymity of members, and the confidentiality of all A.A. records. In most cases, the archivist regularly reports to the local A.A. entity that supports the work, giving updates on current projects. It is desirable that the archivist take at least an introductory course in archival science or library science, and have a membership in a local archivists’ organization.
The function of the archivist can be considered therefore to be twofold: primarily, a custodial responsibility for assuring the physical integrity of the collection and its availability to persons with a valid reason for study; and also a parallel and critical role of information gatherer. The archivist gathers facts and documentation, from both the distant and recent past, to preserve A.A.’s message. Bill W. urged that archives are needed “so that myth doesn’t prevail over fact.” In a real sense, A.A. archivists are “keepers of the past.”
At a very basic level, archivists do four things with an archives
1. Organize it: Sort the collection somehow; chronologically, alphabetically, by subject, and/or by type of object, in a sensible manner.
2. Catalog it: Create a searchable list or inventory describing each item in the collection.
3. Preserve it: Perform preservation tasks, from the very simple to the very complicated, to prolong the life of the item.
4. Let people know about it: Create exhibits and displays, publish articles about the archives in a newsletter, provide research access, and give information to those who have questions.
|Posted by Diane on March 4, 2016 at 12:55 AM||comments (0)|
I want to thank Joe and Greg for this amazing site.....There is a lot of work here, quiet laboring behind the scenes. Thank you! Diane:):D;)
|Posted by Dayzed on December 5, 2015 at 4:45 PM||comments (0)|
Lord, give me tolerance towards those whose thoughts and ways, in the Program and life, conflict with mine. For though I would, I cannot always know what constitutes the Absolute Truth. The other person may be right, while I may be all wrong, yet unaware.
Lord, make my motives right, for only this can ease my conscience when I sometimes err.
Lord, give me tolerance, for who am I to stand in judgement on another person's mistakes? No one knows better than my inward self how many little blunders I have and can make.
Life is full of stones that somehow trip us, and meaning not, we stumble now and then.
Lord, give me tolerance, for only you are rightly fit to judge my fellow travelers.
|Posted by Dayzed on October 24, 2015 at 11:40 AM||comments (1)|
I believe we are all sober and alive for only one reason: God has a job for us to do. I have also come to believe that I must please God first, myself second, and everybody else third. When I can live and feel that way -- and it isn't all day every day -- things seem to work out. When I try to run the show, everything goes to hell.
|Posted by Dayzed on September 6, 2015 at 1:10 AM||comments (0)|
The terms “spiritual experience” and “spiritual awakening” are used many times in this book which, upon careful reading, shows that the personality change sufficient to bring about recovery from alcoholism has manifested itself among us in many different forms.
Yet it is true that our first printing gave many readers the impression that these personality changes, or religious experiences, must be in the nature of sudden and spectacular upheavals. Happily for everyone, this conclusion is erroneous.
In the first few chapters a number of sudden revolutionary changes are described. Though it was not our intention to create such an impression, many alcoholics have nevertheless concluded that in order to recover they must acquire an immediate and overwhelming “God-consciousness” followed at once by a vast change in feeling and outlook.
Among our rapidly growing membership of thousands of alcoholics such transformations, though frequent, are by no means the rule. Most of our experiences are what the psychologist William James calls the “educational variety” because they develop slowly over a period of time. Quite often friends of the newcomer are aware of the difference long before he is himself. He finally realizes that he has undergone a profound alteration in his reaction to life; that such a change could hardly have been brought about by himself alone. What often takes place in a few months could seldom have been accomplished by years of self-discipline. With few exceptions our members find that they have tapped an unsuspected inner resource which they presently identify with their own conception of a Power greater than themselves.
Most of us think this awareness of a Power greater than ourselves is the essence of spiritual experience. Our more religious members call it “God-consciousness.” Most emphatically we wish to say that any alcoholic capable of honestly facing his problems in the light of our experience can recover, provided he does not close his mind to all spiritual concepts. He can only be defeated by an attitude of intolerance or belligerent denial.
We find that no one need have difficulty with the spirituality of the program. Willingness, honesty and open mindedness are the essentials of recovery. But these are indispensable.
“There is a principle which is a bar against all information,
which is proof against all arguments and which
cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance—
that principle is contempt prior to investigation.”
|Posted by Dayzed on August 29, 2015 at 12:35 PM||comments (0)|
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.
© Max Ehrmann 1927
|Posted by Dayzed on August 22, 2015 at 12:55 PM||comments (0)|
A.A. Thought for the Day
“Those who do not recover are people who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates. They are not at fault. They seem to be born that way. They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living that demands rigorous honesty. Their changes are less than average. There are those, too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of them do recover, if they have the capacity to be honest.” Am I completely honest with myself and with other people?
Meditation for the Day
You can make use of your mistakes, failures, losses, and sufferings. It is not what happens to you so much as what use you make of it. Take your sufferings, difficulties, and hardships and make use of them to help some unfortunate soul who is faced with the same troubles. Then something good will come out of your suffering and the world will be a better place because of it. The good you do each day will live on, after the trouble and distress have gone, after the difficulty and the pain have passed away.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may make good use of my mistakes and failures. I pray that some good may result from my painful experiences.
|Posted by Dayzed on August 16, 2015 at 1:10 AM||comments (0)|
Our true home is in the present moment.
To live in the present moment is a miracle.
The miracle is not to walk on water.
The miracle is to walk on the green earth in the present moment,
To appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now.
Peace is all around us-
In the world and in nature-
And within us-
In our bodies and our spirits.
Once we learn to touch this peace,
We will be healed and transformed.
It is not a matter of faith;
It is a matter of practice.
--From, "The 12 Step Prayer Book" #145