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Old 03-04-2016, 09:12 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Hmm, reminds me of nightly review from the big book:

"When we retire at night, we constructively review our day. Were we resentful, selfish, dishonest or afraid? Do we owe an apology? Have we kept something to ourselves which should be discussed with another person at once? Were we kind and loving toward all? What could we have done better? Were we thinking of ourselves most of the time? Or were we thinking of what we could do for others, of what we could pack into the stream of life? But we must be careful not to drift into worry, remorse or morbid reflection, for that would diminish our usefulness to others. After making our review we ask God's
forgiveness and inquire what corrective measures should be taken." PG 86

Some people say it's 10th step, some say 11th. We do 10th step a little differently (write it out, extended 4th step style) but a review at the end of the day is a pretty cool tool.
Sober or otherwise, I definitely feel the Steps can be helpful to anyone... Without being aware of it, I've found out, over time, that in actually do things in the Big Book. It's fairly universal stuff, IMO, but said more plainly, in some cases, in the BB.
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Old 03-05-2016, 08:31 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Not intending to offend anyone, but, I gave up lent back in the '60's, (along with all the other accouterments of roman catholicism)


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Thanks for the replies in this thread everyone. I appreciate reading what everyone has to say, and the insights from others who have also participated.

So far my experience has been good. As far as limiting the things I consume, ( coffee after a certain time, unnourishing foods etc,) I found that these things were most difficult for the first 5-7 days, but now that time has progressed I don't seem to yearn for these treats in the same way. When I found myself craving, I thought about what Sage said about space and used it as an opportunity to fill that time with prayer.

In my reading of the book of Luke, I've discovered some things I've sort of skimmed over in the past. I feel more knowledgeable and closer to stories that have deeply impacted the collective human psyche for thousands of years.

I'm not sure whether the desire to follow my deepest interests has sprung from any of these changes, but in this time I finally got a kitten -- which I've been looking to do for some time now. The joy this little one brings into my life is incredible, and I am very thankful. (His name is Sir Oscar Wilde, I'll link a photo after this post)

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meet them at the door laughing and invite them in."
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Nor other-wrought this mass of woe;
Condition-based it comes to be
Condition-ceased it endeth, lo."
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I still try to give up something during lent although not for any religious reasons. It builds character. This year I quit drinking.
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