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Posted by Bill W ( on December 15, 2001 at 17:23:46:

In Reply to: 12 step program posted by anonymous on December 15, 2001 at 13:23:20:

Being Alive

STEP TWELVE: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these
we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these
principles in all our affairs.

"When a man or a woman has a spiritual awakening, the most important
of it is that he has now become able to do, feel, and believe that which
could not do before on his unaided strength and resources alone. He has
been granted a gift which amounts to a new state of consciousness and
He has been set on a path which tells him he is really going somewhere,
life is not a dead end, not something to be endured or mastered."

c. 1981, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions,
page 106-107


"The rewards of sobriety are bountiful and as progressive as the disease
they counteract. Certainly among these rewards for me are release from the
prison of uniqueness, and the realization that participation in the AA way
of life is a blessing and a privilege beyond estimate -- a blessing to
a life free from the pain and degradation of drinking and filled with the
joy of useful, sober living, and a privilege to grow in sobriety one day
a time and bring the message of hope as it was brought to me." From the
Fourth Edition of Alcoholics Anonymous
AAGrapevine, December 2001, p. 47

Thought to Ponder . . . Sobriety is a choice and a treasure.
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AA-related Acronym . . . G I F T S = Getting It From The Steps.
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