Question for Sober Folks

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Registered: 10-08-2002
Question for Sober Folks
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Wed, 08-07-2013 - 10:15am

What are you doing today to keep growing in sobriety?

Alcohol, Addictions & Recovery. It's a long way down, but only 12 steps UP
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Registered: 10-08-2002
Wed, 08-07-2013 - 10:19am

The very first thing I do is pray.  I thank God for the blessings I have now....starting with sobriety.  I then ask God what my God would have me do to help the alcoholic that still suffers?  Then how to help anyone anywhere that might need help today.  Then, in quiet meditation, I wait to hear an answer.  Sometimes, I dont get an inspiration (most of the times..lol) so I move on thru my day.  As I do that, I have had those times presented to me....wow...what a concept!!  I was also taught that I could not put those I love or myself in danger...like I cant give out the house payment because my family has to live too, but I can give up a saturday night movie to buy a meal for someone that does not have one.  The simple things....Do not lie, cheat, steal, or covet the possessions of others.  To the best of my ability....and hopefully, that ability will get better as I keep trying to do these things......simple...just not always easy.  

Alcohol, Addictions & Recovery. It's a long way down, but only 12 steps UP
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Registered: 08-01-2013
Thu, 08-08-2013 - 10:11am

Hi Brenda,

Being here.  I have been long absent, but after trying to move back into the village I seem to have been thwarted at every turn.  So, changed my name and got under over the fence.  I don't even have a green card,  When I find I think I can be helpful to someone I will share what I know as best I can.  Just yeasterday I was telling my wife of the three neighbors and former drinking buddies that I tried to help years ago and failed.  Two of them died as a result of alcohol.  One got hit with a car late at night and the other had cirohosis.  When I told Janck M.  that everyone I attempted to help failed his responese was, " Paul are you ddrinking."  "No of course not" I honestly replied.  "Then it's working", Jack said.  Jack helped me more than any one, save my higher power.  All this was four and a half decades ago,  I am very happy to be here today.  Our paths crossed, Brenda, and for that I am forever grateful.

In friendship,

Paul