Heard at Meetings

Humor

  • Believing in God is easier than coming up with bail money!
  • …give us 90 days and if you don’t like it your misery will be promptly refunded
  • In describing ones feelings prior to recovery, one said, “I had a huge gut in my hole!
  • AA is like the Mafia: if you leave, you die.
  • Adult spouse of an Alanon.
  • His hair was happy.
  • Wanted to see double and feel single.
  • Wanted in 2 states not wanted in 48.
  • Drank so much old crow she looks like one.

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Slips of the Tongue

  • Our leaders are but trusted serpents.
  • Our leaders are but twisted servants.
  • Came to believe that our wifes had become unmanageable.
  • Please help me start this meeting with a moment of violence, followed by the serenity prayer!!
  • Sought through prayer and medication to improve our conscious contact with GOD.
  • Came to believe that a powder greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  • …and c) that God could and would if he were sober
  • Thoroughly have we seen a person fail who has rarely followed our path.
  • …and the result was nil until we let go of the Absolut.
  • …lest problems of money, puberty, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  • Made a searching and fearful moral inventory of ourselves.
  • That feeling of usefulness and self-pity will disappear.
  • Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or their mothers.
  • God could and would if he wore socks!
  • Rarely have we seen a person who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do, recover!
  • We are like men who have lost their legs . . . we never have to buy a pair of shoes again.

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Insights

  • “If you can’t love everybody today, at least try not to hurt anybody.”
  • “My sobriety depends on who God is, not who I am.”
  • “Have a nice day unless you have made other plans.”
  • “You can’t direct the wind, but you can adjust your sails.”
  • “Fear knocked on my door…I opened it and there was nobody there.”
  • “Be careful what you pray for, you just might get it.”
  • “A recovering alcoholic without a sponsor is much like leaving Dracula in charge of the blood bank.”
  • “Don’t let the limits of your imagination block you from what God can do for you.”
  • “I have a very high pain threshold and a very low fear threshold.”
  • “I always look for the hardest way to do the easiest thing.”
  • “If you share your pain you cut it in half, if you don’t you double it.”
  • “AA is not for people who need it, it’s for people who want it.”
  • “Religion is for people who are afraid they’ll go to hell.
    Spirituality is for people who have been there.”
  • “If you commit suicide you’re killing the wrong person.”
  • “If you’re not moving away from a drink you’re moving closer to it.”
  • “AA is not a program to get sober…
    it’s a program to live life successfully and to be happy once you get sober.”
  • “The power behind me is greater than the problem in front of me.”
  • “Drinking gave me the illusion that I might be alive.” (Chekhov, Uncle Vanya)
  • “We’re sick people trying to get better, not bad people trying to be good.”
  • “Change only happens when the pain of holding on is greater than the fear of letting go.”
  • “An expectation is a premeditated resentment.”

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Thoughts

  • “Acceptance without gratitude is bullshit.”
  • “You’re not responsible for your disease, but you are responsible for your behavior.”
  • “If you don’t want what we have, we will cheerfully refund your misery.”
  • “The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own.” (Disraeli)
  • “The worst of all deceptions is self-deception.” (Plato)
  • The most important word in the Steps is the first one… “WE”
  • The secret to long-term sobriety: Don’t drink, don’t die.
  • “There’s no elevator, you have to take the steps.”
  • “I’m an egomaniac with an inferiority complex.”
  • “My head is like a bad neighborhood and I shouldn’t go there alone.”
  • “I’m not going to give anybody free rent in my head.”
  • “I need to put things in perspective because I have a disease of perception.”
  • “The quality of your recovery is proportional to the quality of your surrender.”
  • “I was a scream in search of a mouth.”
  • “I am one drink away from never being sober again for the rest of my life.”
  • “Courage is fear in action.”
  • “God will heal your broken heart, if you give Him all the pieces.”
  • “Bring the body and the mind follows.”
  • “Seven days without a meeting makes one weak.”
  • “Regarding hanging out in bars: ‘If you hang out at a barbershop long enough you’re bound to get a haircut.”
  • “We’re sick people trying to get better, not bad people trying to be good.”
  • “I didn’t get my life back in this program..I got my life for the first time.”
  • “My mind is out to get me.”

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