Brother Ken
I love the word 'apology' in the classic sense of:

apologia n : a formal written defense of something you believe in strongly [syn: apology]

There is a powerful writing by Sam Shoemaker, written in the early 20th century. Sam is one of the founding spiritual voices of Alcoholics Anonymous. This poem has always resonated within me and something th... read more
Leigh Anne
Character Defects
Posted January 14, 2012 by Leigh Anne in 12 Step Spirituality
As a 12-stepper, I have often "fought" my character defects...many times with little success. Recently, I realized that part of the reason I was losing the battle, was the "battle" itself. Some character defects cannot be fought, at times fighting them only makes it worse....sometimes they simply need to be healed.

Why do I constantly seek to ... read more
Henry Robert Kimball
It is important and freeing to know the difference between a problem and a complaint. It is only if you can turn a complaint into a problem that the complaint can be removed. If you find that your complaint cannot be classified as a problem than you have no solution. Problems always suggest solutions. Complaints only want an ear.
I don't believe th... read more
Henry Robert Kimball
"Assuming we are spiritually fit, we can do all sorts of things alcoholics are not supposed to do. People have said we must not go where liquor is served; we must not have it in our homes; we must shun friends who drink; we must avoid moving pictures which show drinking scenes; we must not go into bars; our friends must hide their bottles if we go ... read more
Henry Robert Kimball
Step 12 is; "Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs."
The text breaks this step into to parts. The first part is out-dated is many respects. That is the part concerned with carrying the message to the next alcoholic. It goes int... read more
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