I Am Doninlondon In Recovery Today

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    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    May 3, 2013

    How Step 3 Works For Me | March 19 | Alcoholics Anonymous |

    I try emphasise always I speak for myself and not for AA. I may share how AA works in my life, not how AA works for anyone else. In AA what you see is what you get on any given day. You see and hear the experience, strength and hope of many and how sobriety is working just for...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Mar 19, 2011

    April 17 | Alcoholics Anonymous Daily Video

    “Fear knocked at the door; faith answered; no one was there.” When I ask myself, am I looking for truth love and wisdom in my outlook today, fear does not come knocking on my door. I need always check I am living to my principles of truth, love and wisdom and also ask for...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Apr 17, 2011

    Alcoholics Anonymous | Step 3 | March 3 |

    At fifteen I wanted to be James Dean, a rebel, but with a cause! ~ Maya Angelou "At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice." I saw my father collapse into a dark life, I followed as drink...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Mar 3, 2011

    April 19 | Alcoholics Anonymous Daily Video

    Assets and liabilities: Our emotional and spiritual balance is based on reality and being able to cope. Assets can be courage, faith and confidence. Liabilities can be fear, brave facing and ego. Perceived assets can be liabilities if they have no foundation. Perceived...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Apr 19, 2011

    Alcoholics Anonymous Daily Video | April 8 |

    April is a review of what step 4 means to me in my videos. A return to balance in my outlook and natural instincts, my feelings and being in the moment of now. When life is at extremes of good or bad, my feelings are too. This is where step 4 and then step 10 are in action and...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Apr 8, 2011

    Alcoholics Anonymous | Step 2 | February 17 |

    The next right action is often a combination of all our personal attributes:     Alcoholics Anonymous | Step 2 | February 17 |   The next right action is often a combination of all our personal attributes: some believe in God, some do not, and some who believe God...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Feb 17, 2011

    April 20 | Alcoholics Anonymous Daily Video |

    Recovery, all about being on the happy road of desitiny, a caution? ~ G. K. Chesterton "New roads; new ruts" -/- Out of the problem and into the solution, from ego to esteem, from no choices, to choices, from nothing to something, as we are included, as reality offers, just for...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Apr 20, 2011

    Alcoholics Anonymous | Step 2 | February 19 |

    I cannot consider myself different in A.A.; if I do I isolate myself from others and from contact with my Higher Power. If I feel isolated in A.A., it is not something for which others are responsible. It is something I’ve created by feeling I’m “different” in some way...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Feb 19, 2011

    Alcoholics Anonymous | Step 3 | March 5 |

    But just how, in these circumstances, does a fellow ‘take it easy?’ That’s what I want to knowAlcoholics Anonymous | Step 3 | March 5 | Complicated by decades, simplified in one day ~ Henri Frederic Amiel "A man must be able to cut a knot, for everything cannot be untied...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Mar 5, 2011

    April 13 | Alcoholics Anonymous Daily Video |

    "AA Spiritual Twelve Pack": Acceptance, Surrender, Faith, Open Mindedness, Honesty, Willingness, Moral Inventory, Amends, Humility, Persistence, Spiritual Growth & Service.. All about progress and good for today. To be included, make choices and live in harmony as life situations...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Apr 15, 2011

    Alcoholics Anonymous | Step 2 | February 2 |

    Alcoholics Anonymous | Step 2 | February 2 |   Moving away from insanity: Courage to be ourselves ~ "That quality of mind which enables one to encounter danger and difficulties with firmness, aware of our fear, resolve of heart; valour; boldness; resolution; fortitude...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Feb 2, 2011

    September 13 2012 | AA 12 Steps In Action | Step 9 Amends In Action Alcoholics Anonymous

    September 13 2012 | AA 12 Steps In Action | Step 9 Amends In Action Alcoholics Anonymous Today's AA daily reflection: "repairing the damage, judgement, timing, courage and prudence…" First amend to make everything possible was to stop drinking and try to be sober one day at a...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Sep 13, 2012

    April 15 | Alcoholics Anonymous Daily Video

    How am I feeling, why and what can I do? = Assertive How are we feeling why and what can we do? = Empathy... I like you, I feel great when you acknowledge me but not when you undermine me by...April 15 | Alcoholics Anonymous Daily Video  Anger is a feeling, feelings and...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Apr 15, 2011

    October 24 2012 | Aa 12 Steps In Action | Step 10 The Now Inventory Alcoholics Anonymous

    October 24 2012 | AA 12 Steps In Action | Step 10 The Now Inventory Alcoholics Anonymous Today's Daily Reflections: "universal human rights! Freedom of faith and self-determination are key in life." And by faith, and by works we find our path in life. The whole world is changing...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Oct 24, 2012

    Alcoholics Anonymous | Step 3 | March 23 |

    We are living "spiritual reality" in every feeling, thought and deed ~ Maya Angelou "My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return." -/- as we learn and cherish, to love, be loved and...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Mar 23, 2011

    September 3 2012 | Aa 12 Steps In Action | Step 9 Amends In Action Alcoholics Anonymous

    September 3 2012 | AA 12 Steps In Action | Step 9 Amends In Action Alcoholics Anonymous Today's AA daily reflection: "physical sobriety is not enough, we thrive as an emotional and spiritual fellowship…" When I look back at the first days in sobriety, it was all about physical...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Sep 3, 2012

    April 16 | Alcoholics Anonymous Daily Video |

    Anger, a dubious luxury? For me, anger and resentment are a dubious luxury. Anger can turn into rage, resentment into old feelings and being in the problem. As I can make other people angry, just by being me, I realise I need forgiveness of me, and and then I can forgive most...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Apr 16, 2011

    October 18 2012 | AA 12 Steps In Action | Step 10 The Now Inventory Alcoholics Anonymous

    October 18 2012 | AA 12 Steps In Action | Step 10 The Now Inventory Alcoholics Anonymous Today's Daily Reflections: "an open mind listens, and asks for help…" One of the most powerful elements we have to help us is our ability to keep learning life. If I do not know something...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Oct 18, 2012

    April 14 | Alcoholics Anonymous Daily Video |

    My emotional and spiritual condition today? How am I feeling, why and what can I do? I feel right sized, because my feelings fit my situation. When my feelings fit reality, no hangovers from the past and no false expectations or resentments under construction… April 14...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Apr 15, 2011

    Alcoholics Anonymous | Step 3 | March 27

    If we could see ourselves as others see us, if we could listen as others hear us, if we could feel the impact we have as others feel our impact. The gentle art of feedback, in fellowship we learn to be open, honest and willing, finding out who we are becoming today…Alcoholics...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Mar 27, 2011

    April 9 | Alcoholics Anonymous Daily Video |

    Stone walls do not a prison make, most often we are constrained by our own feelings of fear and putting on an act of being okay. When suggested, feel the fear and do it anyway.. we need find our truth, what is right for us and seek help from those we trust and love. And of course...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Apr 9, 2011

    Alcoholics Anonymous | Step 3 | March 30 |

    Alcoholics Anonymous | Step 3 | March 30 | Life is difficult enough, we need not make it more difficult! People are the way they are and we need find  ~ Jessica Lange "Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons" -/- So we may experience life as it...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Mar 30, 2011

    August 3 2012 | AA 12 Steps In Action | Step 8 Amends And Willing Alcoholics Anonymous

    August 3 2012 | AA 12 Steps In Action | Step 8 Amends And Willing Alcoholics Anonymous Today's AA daily reflection: "to be of service…" Three words come to mind with regard to service, "truth" "love" and "wisdom" in the fellowship and outside the fellowship. And the AA pledge...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Aug 3, 2012

    April 21 | Alcoholics Anonymous Daily Video |

    How we respond to the truth of now helps define us and helps us make best choices ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson "This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it" -/- Truth, love and wisdom of others, constant companions if we choose, with our eyes open...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Apr 21, 2011

    Alcoholics Anonymous

    September 17 2012 | AA 12 Steps In Action | Step 9 Amends In Action Alcoholics Anonymous Today's AA daily reflection: "as part of step nine and the promises, freedom from fear…" There are many things we can do to be free from fear, deal with all matters we possibly can on a...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Sep 17, 2012

    Alcoholics Anonymous Daily Video | April 6 |

    Living in the moment, feeling life as it is, rather than willing it different, knowing what we can do, knowing what we cannot, we see our choices and know what changes we can make. Connected to reality, with choices, dreams become possibilities in the moment of now. We share...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Apr 6, 2011
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Apr 24, 2011

    Alcoholics Anonymous | Step 3 | March 7 |

    Once we have placed the key of willingness in the lock and have the door ever so slightly open, we find that we can always open it some more. TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 35 Alcoholics Anonymous | Step 3 | March 7 | Let go, let truth, good conscience and wisdom shared...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Mar 7, 2011

    April 12 | Alcoholics Anonymous Daily Video |

     April 12 | Alcoholics Anonymous Daily Video | Step Four assets and liabilities. Our emotional and spiritual programme, I found self appraisal of my assets and liabilities not easy. Spiritual, finding the truth is always a challenge. Feelings at extremes cannot be sustained and...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Apr 15, 2011

    Alcoholics Anonymous

    September 6 2012 | AA 12 Steps In Action | Step 9 Amends In Action Alcoholics Anonymous Today's AA daily reflection: the "removing threats to sobriety, making amends without further harm" is very difficult. The biggest threat in living is denial of our emotional and spiritual...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Sep 6, 2012

    Alcoholics Anonymous | Step 1 | January 30 |

    Alcoholics Anonymous | Step 1 | January 30 |   Two meetings for me yesterday. At lunchtime about tradition one, freedom of choice in recovery is paramount. And then late evening all about issues in later sobriety. Each meeting emphasised living real life as real life is, and...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    1 Response Jan 30, 2011
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    May 3, 2013

    Alcoholics Anonymous | Step 3 | March 20 |

    When we realise reality offers the best connection to spiritual we understand ~ Kurt Cobain "Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with your self esteem" -/- Alcoholics Anonymous | Step 3 | March 20 | As Bill...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Mar 20, 2011

    Alcoholics Anonymous Daily Video | April 5 |

    A fellow amongst fellows, to be ourselves and equal in our esteem of ourselves and others ~ Virginia Woolf "One of the signs of maturity is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them"-/- We all have experience, strength and hope...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Apr 5, 2011

    April 11 | Alcoholics Anonymous Daily Video |

    Steps one to nine are in an order for a reason. When I came into fellowship under my own steam, my then sponsor suggested the practice of step ten; eleven and twelve were good to practice from the outset. Step ten, what disturbed me and a gratitude list. Step eleven, pray and...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Apr 11, 2011

    April 18 | Alcoholics Anonymous Daily Video

    Needs met, wants forgotten ~ Henry David Thoreau "A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone" Experience life as it is . . just for today April 18 | Alcoholics Anonymous Daily Video | Self honesty, a journey in a day, an appraisal of our...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Apr 18, 2011

    October 26 2012 | Aa 12 Steps In Action | Step 10 The Now Inventory Alcoholics Anonymous

    October 26 2012 | AA 12 Steps In Action | Step 10 The Now Inventory Alcoholics Anonymous Today's Daily Reflections: "I need to be a trusted servant, not a leader, not a guru, not an instructor in fellowship." What I need to be is aware that the group conscience is the ultimate...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Oct 26, 2012

    Alcoholics Anonymous | Step 3 | March 25 |

    Alcoholics Anonymous | Step 3 | March 25 |   Wisdom gained from open, honest and willing actions improves our daily courage, faith and confidence ~ Thomas Jefferson "Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom" ~ Closed, unwilling and isolated we remain fearful...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Mar 25, 2011

    Alcoholics Anonymous | Step 2 | February 27 |

    Into the fabric of recovery from alcoholism are woven the Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions, steps to be open honest and willing to learn, traditions to live unity service and recovery...  Alcoholics Anonymous | Step 2 | February 27 | Let go fantasy, live in reality has...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Feb 27, 2011

    Alcoholics Anonymous Daily Video | April 7 |

    Emotional and Spiritual ~ How am I feeling? Why? What can I do? This is Assertive ~ How are we feeling? Why? What can we do? This is Empathy. I need to be assertive about being sober and knowing how I feel and what is good for me. And I need empathy to be included, find the truth...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Apr 7, 2011

    Alcoholics Anonymous | Step 3 | March 24 |

    With challenge and support we can develop courage, faith and confidence [enough stress] , distress then fear, brave facing and ego may pull us down.. Inspired by Marilu Henner ~ "having realistic expectations helps identify where we have stress and distress, important in finding...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Mar 24, 2011

    Alcoholics Anonymous | Step 3 | March 8 |

    Every man and woman who has joined A.A. and intends to stick has, without realizing it, made a beginning on Step Three. Isn't it true that in all matters touching upon alcohol, each of them has decided to turn his or her life over to the care, protection, and guidance of...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Mar 8, 2011

    Alcoholics Anonymous | Step 2 | February 26 |

    By living sober I find the direction and strength. Alcoholics Anonymous | Step 2 | February 26 | What is spiritual?By living sober I find the direction and strength. With the help of everyone in fellowship, each of us unique and authentic sharing our truth, this new reality is...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Feb 26, 2011

    July 16 2012 | AA 12 Steps In Action | Step 7 Courage To Change Alcoholics Anonymous

    July 16 2012 | AA 12 Steps In Action | Step 7 Courage To Change Alcoholics Anonymous Today's AA daily reflection: "humility, the way to a new life…" In my world humility is about openness and willingness to learn how to feel life in the moment of now. Our fellowship is founded...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Jul 16, 2012

    Alcoholics Anonymous | Step 3 | March 29 |

    Unity Service & Recovery, we give support, sharing experience, strength and hope. We look to what we can do to help in fellowship, greet, make tea, organise meetings. We may sponsor newcomers and explain how fellowship works. We suggest we never control, we encourage freedom in...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Mar 29, 2011

    April 10 | Alcoholics Anonymous Daily Video |

    Fear and suspicion in early days kept me looking for the cracks in fellowship, or that there was something more than what I saw on a daily basis. I realised there was nothing but what I saw was what there was, a huge diversity of people with one similarity, to be unique and...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Apr 10, 2011

    Alcoholics Anonymous | Step 3 | March 11|

    Alcoholics Anonymous | Step 3 | March 11 |"After Eights" last night. Lovely chair and sharing about issues of later sobriety. Several AA birthdays and newcomers too. All about sharing honestly, be it women’s issues or men’s issues... We all have hormones or we would have no...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Mar 11, 2011

    Alcoholics Anonymous | Step 2 | February 16 |

    Understanding is the key to right principles and attitudes, and right action is the key to good living.Alcoholics Anonymous | Step 2 | February 16 |Embracing all our feelings we learn to know them ~ Rollo May "Courage is not the absence of despair; it is, rather, the capacity to...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    Feb 16, 2011

    Alcoholics Anonymous | May 25 | Doninlondon | Step 5 "share Your Truth"

    May 25 2013: step five in mind… "From powerless and unmanageable: being restored to sanity, let go of what I cannot do, embrace what I can do…" And then a self-assessment, and then sharing the truth of what I found in my assets and liabilities. Sharing the truth, with...
    DonInLondon DonInLondon
    51-55, M
    May 27, 2013
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