Thank you for your participation and sharing during our meeting this week.
The telephone conference numbers for our group are:
Telephone conference number: (712) 775-7031 Access Code: 397-681-282
Playback recording number is: (712) 775-7029 Access Code: 397-681-282#
Playback reference number: 28
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As a reminder, our group takes place on Sunday mornings at 5:30 AM EST.
Please join us as we “trudge the Road of Happy Destiny.” (AA Big Book 164:3)
THIS WEEK, we began our group with a discussion about what we are going to read after we complete the Unpopular Guide.
We agreed that we would read Steps 6 and 7 in the OA 12 & 12 together with sections from Drop the Rock. There is also a new book in this series called Drop the Rock… The Ripple Effect. Using Step 10 to Work Steps 6 and 7 Every Day by Fred H. I just brought it and I am enjoying it very much!
Correction: Two weeks ago, I posted on the blog that the original “Drop the Rock” was based on a talk by Sandy B. However, according to the authors, the book and the talk share the same imagery, but are not connected.
If anyone would like to listen to Sandy B.’s “Drop the Rock” talk, please click on the link .
This week we read and discussed the next story in the AA Big Book, “Because I Am An Alcoholic.”
It was a very raw story of transformation. I am really glad that we read this together as a group!
I reread the story and together with some of our discussion, these are some thoughts that I had:
What is Recovery?
- Finding one’s place in the world
- Attaining peace of mind
- Living life on life’s terms, rather than in the world according to ME.
- Discovering opportunities to grow.
- Finding happiness.
What is NOT Recovery?
- A cure
- Freedom from symptoms
- An end to challenges
- Elimination of relapses
- A life as originally planned
It was interesting to me that the writer shared that her therapist originally suggested that she needed to understand “why” she drank, in order to be able to stop drinking.
As I reflected upon this, I came to realize that “Why?” Is not really an answerable question. Recovery is about commitment and service.
In order to recover, we need to ask, “What do I need to do?” And then, “How can I help others?”
I loved Judy’s comment, “Instead of seeking God, I need to focus on receiving God.”
I shared that one way that I have tried to strengthen my relationship with God was to write down every day, “Where did I see God today?”
Initially, when I began to journal on that question, it was not easy to come up with a response. Over time, it has gradually become easier and easier, and now I see God in so many ways throughout my day. It has really changed my life.
Finally, I really loved the final line of the story: “I came to see that we all are really one – I am never alone.”
Next week, we will continue reading and discussing The Unpopular Guide to Step 5.
I am really enjoying this booklet and so glad that we are able to read it together and share our ideas.
Thank you all for sharing your experience, strength and hope. I am so grateful to be sharing this journey with all of you!
“Together we can do what we can never do alone.”
In love and service,