Member: Charlie Darling
Location: Key West FL
Remote Name: 68.154.99.64
Date: 18 Apr 2004
Time: 06:38 AM -0400

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Good Morning Family Charlie Darling a very GRATEFUL recovering Alcholic. When I got up this morning and hit my knees I asked my HP to keep me free from resentments today, as I know where they can take me, and today I choose to have a peaceful life. Got up early still feel not to good, but at least I don't try to numb myself with booze, as I only felt worse with alchol or nyquil in me. Today I choose a healthy way to feel better plenty of rest, asprin and lots of vitamin C. Also I give myself alot of TLC. Thank you AA and all who have helped to Think Think Think. God Bless you all. I Love you. Peace and Love Charlie kwduke_1999@yahoo.com


Member: Charlie Darling
Location: Key West FL
Remote Name: 68.154.99.64
Date: 18 Apr 2004
Time: 07:14 AM -0400

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Wow I guess I started this week, and I guess the topic is THINK THINK THINK.God Bless you all. Charlie


Member: Kathleen
Location: Florida
Remote Name: 165.247.74.153
Date: 18 Apr 2004
Time: 08:56 AM -0400

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Good morning (((All)))) Kathleen here alcoholic. Thanks for the topic (((Charlie))) good one. I was just thinking of this "Think, Think, Think" the other day. I was discussing with someone how I used to be very impulsive, not giving thought to whatever it was that I wanted to get into, without regards to the outcome. Today, thanks to AA and ya'll and my HP....I can USUALLY, think things through before I act. There has been a couple times in sobriety I have made impulsive decisions on major purchases and let me tell ya, that is not the way to do it...lol You also mentioned resentments. I'm so very grateful to be rid of resentments that was eating me up and stopping the sunlight of the spirit into my life. I heard a little story about resentments one time. Can't remember it exactly but it goes something like this. There were two monks, who were on a long foot journey and they had taken a vow of silence for one year. They were new into the journey of this vow of silence and had all year to go. After walking a few days, they came upon a big river, shallow enough to walk across, up to about their waists. At the edge of the river was an old old lady, sitting down crying. The one monk decided to break his vow of silence and ask the woman what was wrong. She cried that she is blind and trying to get to the other side of the river to find her family. Well the monk put the woman on her back and carried her across the river. The two monks then went on about their journey and their vow of silence. The monk that didn't break his vow, had this aggrevated look on his face the rest of the journey...he kept stewing and stewing.... When the year of silence was up and the monks were alowed to speak..the monk that did not break his vow of silence said to the other monk..."I am soooooo angry, how could you break your vow of silence and talk to that old woman and carry her across the river???"...the monk that carried the woman across said "my son, I only carried that woman across the river, and let her go, you have carried her for a whole year.."..... Well it goes something like that but you get the drift.... resentments hurt me more than the person I am, was resentful against.... Anyway..thanks for the topic...very grateful to be alive and sober today.. Peace Kathleen


Member: Shirleyann.D
Location: Montreal, Canada
Remote Name: 64.228.176.57
Date: 18 Apr 2004
Time: 10:18 AM -0400

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Good morning everyone, Today's topic Think,Think,Think is not so easy to do at the best of times. Then again if I do think too much it is not so safe in my head! I take this slogan along side with easy does it & first things first. When keeping these slogans in mind, I then can put some order to my thinking. Thank God for AA. Love ShirleyAnn


Member: Thomas
Location: New York City
Remote Name: 24.185.55.10
Date: 18 Apr 2004
Time: 10:52 AM -0400

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Good morning all. Tom, alcoholic. Thanks Charlie for the great topic. Good to hear from you and I hope you feel better. AA has helped me moderate my thinking. I now find a balance between thinking too much and thinking rationally. While drinking I would dwell on resentments and desires. These desires often were borne out of resentments as well. Problem was that I could never follow through on my desires, my hopes and dreams, because I was too busy mulling over the past, what should or could have been. Today I am still able to go to that place in my head, however, with sobriety I have a rational voice in there that tells me to pray, get to a meeting, pick up the phone. That voice is pretty clear and always there as long as I stay sober.


Member: Joe B.
Location: Charleston,W.V.
Remote Name: 205.188.117.14
Date: 18 Apr 2004
Time: 12:20 PM -0400

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Hi gang, good sharing. I would add the serenity prayer. It seems to slow down my thinking. Love yah!Joe B.


Member: Rarely
Location: rontherocket@hotmail.com
Remote Name: 142.161.179.160
Date: 18 Apr 2004
Time: 02:09 PM -0400

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When I came to A.A. I was told " when thinking negative think positive.... when thinking destructive think constructive." When I sobered up I had no power of control over the way I thought. If I resented, hated,and had vulgar and immoral thoughts, thats just the way it was.(insane) Slowly thanks to the program I gained control with the help of the serenity prayer and a power greater than myself. To me getting control of my thinking was a result of doing step two. Sponsor told me thinking proceeds the drinking. If Im thinking about drinking and don't do anything about that kind of thinking I will drink. To avoid that kind of thinking when it sets in I went to a meeting, read the big book, went for coffee with another member, said a prayer, gave myself a shake and changed my thoughts to some thing different. And you know what " for a guy with next to no education it worked," and has been workng for a long time. Love and Hugs Ron.


Member: Adam H.
Location: New York, NY
Remote Name: 172.135.32.157
Date: 18 Apr 2004
Time: 02:53 PM -0400

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Adam, alcoholic. Anyone else have an oldtimer who pointed to the sign that said "Think, Think, Think" when you were new and say something about that sign not being for you? Gawd, I felt so trounced upon when an oldtimer at my group said that! However, I have to admit I am really glad in retrospect that someone said that today because when I was new, my thinking was really getting me into trouble. My sponsor and a lot of other people told me that I had faith in the worst possible outcome and that my reaction to the kind of thinking that came along with that attitude and outlook upon life had often been to find someone weaker to hurt or to hurt myself if no one else was around. They said, I needed to learn to act my way into better thinking because I could not think my way into acting better. That's what I have done in sobriety...I've learned to reach for the phone and ask for help, perspective and guidance from another AA member when I am positive that my life is about to come undone. I have learned to practice pausing, going into the bathroom and having five minutes of quiet prayer and meditation in the john when I feel like I just HAVE TO to write a nasty letter or get on the phone and tell that person who pissed me off just who I think I am (heh heh). I've learned to reach my hand out to someone new to AA and ttry to help them when I start thinking that no one at my homegroup cares about me or my problems. In other words, I've learned to take action contrary to how I feel and think...and my thinking and feelings have changed. It works--it really does. Thanks for letting me share...and Thomas from New York City enjoy the beautiful weather we're having out here and maybe I'll run into you at a meeting somewhere!


Member: jules h.
Location: Iowa
Remote Name: 199.120.66.119
Date: 18 Apr 2004
Time: 03:13 PM -0400

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Hi everyone, I'm Jules and I'm an alcoholic... I've never really understood Think, Think, Think so I'm learning alot here, I guess it can mean different things to different people.. what I've gotten out of it so far is, think before you act don't be compulsive, think before you take that first drink. At a meeting here in town I asked an older member what it meant, and she wrote out for me this way, think, THINK, think, mean- ing think less about past, THINK more about the now, and think less about the future. And that made sense to me.........Have a good day sober and sane. Sincerely, Jules. I know we don't give feedback here, but if anyone want's to explain Think, Think, Think, please do so for me Thanks!


Member: LeeLee F.
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
Remote Name: 67.21.153.187
Date: 18 Apr 2004
Time: 06:03 PM -0400

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Hello, My name is Lee Lee and I am an alcoholic. I am new to the discussion page and wanted to log- on and try it out. Think, think, think is a good topic. We often talk about "stinkin-thinkin" in our home meetings and about how it can get you into trouble. But thinking things through is a useful tool and can help prevent a slip. I personally need to use this tool often, because this is my third try at this program and I THINK, THINK, THINK, I need to GET, GET, GET IT! :) Thanks for letting me share.


Member: chuckm
Location: Alberta
Remote Name: 209.197.146.133
Date: 18 Apr 2004
Time: 06:27 PM -0400

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I'm Chuck, an alcoholic. I agree with jules that is the way it was explained when I came to AA. think -THINK -think. Only think a little about the past and future and THINK a lot about today. Since I have finished step 11 the ThINK today is about God and the more I do the better off I am. To change our actions we must first change our thinking. That's why the first 9 steps is about changing our thinking and then our actions will automatically change. Step 10 says it just comes with no effort on our part. God has a hand in it. I know of no action that wasn't preceeded by a thought. Peace and Serenity.


Member: FrankD
Location: NJ
Remote Name: 68.46.173.20
Date: 18 Apr 2004
Time: 07:16 PM -0400

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Think, Think, Think.... Whenever I still think about a drink I need to THINK about the misery I lived in and caused while drinking, I need to THINK about all the blessings I now have in my sober life, and I need to THINK it through to the destruction drinking would cause to return to my life. Frank


Member: Steven062802
Location: Boston
Remote Name: 24.131.190.84
Date: 18 Apr 2004
Time: 11:38 PM -0400

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Hi there, I'm an alcoholic named Steven. About a month ago I was facing some really serious oral surgery. The nights before the surgery found me wide awake at 4:00 am, rocking back and forth in more pain than I've ever experienced. The pain would NOT STOP and nothing would touch it, no matter how much Advil (or such) that I took. There was a point where I was just rocking back and forth, crying and just praying for the pain to be removed...but it wasn't going away. There was a very long moment where I would have done anything (read: DRINK) to get out of this pain. I would have done anything...it was that bad. Now, this is where THINK THINK THINK comes in for me. I don't know where the memory came from, but I've been in this pain before (my teeth are some wreckage of my past) and, you know, booze never NEVER took any of that pain away. It just distracted me a bit, but never took away pain. I thank the program for teaching me to "think through the drink" before I did something stupid. This might not be the most dramatic experience, but I'll tell you what I leared from this...I might think the desire for a drink has been removed from me...and that I'm safe...but I'm not. Alcoholism is sneeky...just when I ASSUME that I'm safe, the thought of a drink can pop up. I only pray that I remember to always THINK THINK THINK. Here's to one more day sober.


Member: Jen B.
Location: West Coast
Remote Name: 67.171.152.90
Date: 19 Apr 2004
Time: 02:35 AM -0400

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Thanks for the topic. Jen, alcoholic. When I got here, I loved the recommendation to do very little of my own thinking. As the path narrows and I am now trying to learn to think on my feet and make good decisions, it seems like a tall order. I've been learning about internal boundaries to manage my negative and fearful thinking. Sometimes that means stopping and thinking about what I'm thinking about - catching myself in the act of 'mindless' thinking. I read that slogan, Think Think Think, and think: "dangerous." LOL. I've said "think" too many times in this share, so I'll pass. Thank you.


Member: Craig L (Dogmanor@yahoo.com)
Location: Aloha, Oregon
Remote Name: 65.102.61.160
Date: 19 Apr 2004
Time: 10:06 AM -0400

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Craig L here another “real alcoholic” (page 21). Thanks for the topic Charlie. When I was still an active alcoholic. I used to think I “needed a drink” or sometimes I thought, “a drink would help this situation”. My thinking always ended with me drinking more alcohol. Today, I have accepted I am powerless over alcohol, without the help of God so I rarely entertain thoughts of drinking again, but when I do think a glass of wine or cold beer might be a good idea, I continue thinking about where that first drink has always taken me and I think about the huge Joy I will be giving up for that minuscule second of false relief.


Member: Lise
Location: Alberta
Remote Name: 24.71.223.142
Date: 19 Apr 2004
Time: 12:34 PM -0400

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I can really relate to Craig's comments. All my thoughts were consumed by and about drink. I had to make sure my stash was protected and remember where they were, make sure I wasn't the first at the liquor store and remember which ones I had visited that week, make sure there was enough money in between cheques to keep in a steady supply. Think about what I did in a black out, who I spoke too, what promises I made. It was too much. Now I think about what I was, I think about how much better it is today and I think about all I can do and become without a drink. I am no longer tormented by my thoughts, but rather I relish in them.


Member: AZbill
Location: azbill1172@cox.net
Remote Name: 68.231.160.24
Date: 19 Apr 2004
Time: 05:32 PM -0400

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HI. Bill here. Alcoholic from Arizona. At my very first meeting one of the very first things told me by a wise old timer was. "Bill, all you are going to have to do is change the way you think about alcohol and we are going to teach you how to do that". That got my attention. Thanks for being a part of my sobriety today. Love, Bill


Member: Still Bill
Location: L.S. Missouri
Remote Name: 65.28.54.113
Date: 19 Apr 2004
Time: 07:35 PM -0400

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My best thinking is what brought me into AA in the first place! I needed to find a new way to think, primarily through asking my higher power for help. It has worked for many 24 hours in succession, and is working today. Thanks AA!


Member: Karen G.
Location: Philomath, Oregon
Remote Name: 69.59.209.201
Date: 19 Apr 2004
Time: 07:42 PM -0400

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Hi there, Karen, alcoholic... This is my first time posting - I just wanted to say that in addition to "think, think, think" regarding thinking through the drink and thinking in the now rather than yesterday or the future - I have found that I need to check my thinking with someone else in the program. Something that I think sounds like a good idea may not sound so good after I check with someone else who's opinion I value.....:-D That's why it's so important to build a support network - it's been invaluable to me in my sobriety... and you know,I still wake up amazed every morning that I don't have a hangover - sobriety is very very cool....:-)


Member: Mary O
Location: Long Island
Remote Name: 24.47.62.111
Date: 19 Apr 2004
Time: 08:21 PM -0400

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Hi! Mary, alcoholic.Lisa- that sounds very familiar! I used to have to "rotate" my stops at the stores, too. One time when i was buying my daily 18 pack of beer, the guy asked "Having a party?". I didn't go back for a week and had to find more "sources". Today, I go to the same store for my coffee everyday! lol.I like the think, THINK, think idea and I thank God everyday that all I have to think about is him.


Member: Gloria L.
Location: Evanston, Illinois
Remote Name: 205.188.117.14
Date: 19 Apr 2004
Time: 09:18 PM -0400

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Hi Everybody! I'm Gloria, an alcoholic in Illinois. Thanks for the topic Charlie. A big help for me today. I just came from a cruise and there was alcohol everywhere. The tools from the program helped me to think, think, think and guess what -- I didn't drink, drink, drink! AA has worked wonders in my life.


Member: maz
Location: melb
Remote Name: 128.250.30.156
Date: 19 Apr 2004
Time: 10:40 PM -0400

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Hi,I'm Mary Ann and an alcoholic. When first around I used to hear people share that they didn't know how sick they were until later on down the track. I used to think what are they talking about. I know I am sick. It took me ages to realise how sick my thinking was. I used to think and automatically believe it to be the truth, be real. I used to KNOW what people were thinking, what they were feeling, what was happening and why. Never once did it enter my head to check with them if my thinking was in fact real. I never once asked for a reality check about anything. Such arrogance. No wonder fear ruled my life. Thank goodness nobody said to me you are taking too long, your hopeless, you'll never get it. I was busy thinking that about myself and believing it to be true. My sponser and others in recovery encouraged me stay in the here and now and loved me back to reality. They said if I stuck around, don't pick up the first drink no matter what, go to regular meetings, get a sponser and actually ring them and talk, get a home group, work the steps and pray for honesty, openmindedness and willingness, I would stay sober. In addition if I still kept doing all the above things I'd also get real and be at peace with life. These things have worked for me and come to pass. If I start thinking I KNOW then that is the first indicator to get a reality check (just in case) from someone I can trust in AA. Can't do me any harm to ask. Might dent my ego but it won't harm me. Thanks for being there.


Member: Kat
Location: Boston
Remote Name: 24.91.174.173
Date: 19 Apr 2004
Time: 11:39 PM -0400

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Hi Everyone... I'm Kathleen and I'm an alcoholic for sure. I love the topic THINK, THINK, THINK... because I've sure been doing a lot of thinking this past week. I have been posting on the coffeepot for quite awhile and it just became too involved and overwhelming and I decided to leave for a spell. But after a week or so of thinking, I felt like I threw the baby out with the bathwater and I realized that there is so much value on this site that I never take advantage of and was getting lazy just popping into the CP and seeing what kind of issue was brewing. It became very chaotic and I needed to get out. However, I miss posting and I miss replying and trying to help other alcoholics. So here I am on the Discussion page hoping to THINK, THINK, THINK and share and offer others hope. I hope this is the start of a whole new beginning for me here. Clean slate and avoiding getting caught in the drama. Prayers for everyone here.


Member: Wee Anne
Location: Glasgow,Scotland
Remote Name: 62.252.128.10
Date: 20 Apr 2004
Time: 09:11 AM -0400

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Kathleen,you hit the nail right on the head for me pal,think,think think,coz when I drink I cannot think.love to all.


Member: AndyD
Location: Detroit
Remote Name: 68.41.155.151
Date: 20 Apr 2004
Time: 11:43 AM -0400

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Think, Think, Think....that is a very interesting topic indeed. As it's been said by many so far, "When I drink I don't think." Thus, I am now a thinking person when it comes to my decisions involving alcohol and situations where alcohol will be around. I find that just hearing yourself think can make a huge difference. When I am asked if you want a drink or see someone drinking, just hearing the thoughts that go through my head. I hear myself saying that I can have a drink or that one drink won't hurt. Before, that voice in my head controlled me, but now that I think more thouroughly when it comes to drinking, I've realized just how ridiculous those thoughts are. Now that I am using this "think, think, think" as our thread starter put it, my sobriety isn't so much of a challenge. I listen to my thoughts, then think about them, then make the decision which is best for me. That decision is to stay sober and keep my life in order. Think, think, think is a motto to live by in my case. Great topic. -Andy


Member: Jenn A.
Location: Oak Harbor, Wa
Remote Name: 66.147.199.59
Date: 20 Apr 2004
Time: 03:54 PM -0400

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Hi all Jenn here alcoholic, Think Think Think that's a good one. Some days I do have to stop and think about what I'm doing, what's going on in my life and all the good that has come out of quiting drinking. I'm so glad I stoped when I did. Thank you HP and all of you for letting me share.


Member: joe W
Location: Lufkin, TX
Remote Name: 66.76.20.235
Date: 20 Apr 2004
Time: 06:01 PM -0400

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Hello, my name is Joe. Since Dec. 13, 1968 I have been working one step or the other daily. When we think about the beginning we are faced with step two. It says, "shut up and listen, there is a train coming". It will carrying you into a new lifeif you get on. That takes a bit of thinking. It takes a bit of faith in something that you know nothing about (given this is the first time around)but if you look around you will find a bunch of people who are happy and sober and that is worth thinking about. If you want off the train that is your decision but just like jumping from any moving vehicle that will "hurt" so think about it. The problem is that the program is very simple. get on or get off. It is solely up to you. I have liked the ride and the people who have come along with me are a happy and sober so I have that to think about. Before all I thought about was me, myself and I. It was not a happy thought. Get on and lets go!


Member: Stacy
Location: West Coast
Remote Name: 216.100.72.1
Date: 20 Apr 2004
Time: 08:46 PM -0400

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Hi all. Stacy, alcoholic. Good topic. I love the think THINK think idea. Until learning that this is how I used the phrase. I used to act before thinking too much! I would have knee jerk, emotionally charged reactions to people and situations. AA and slogans such as this are now what run through my head when I feel those impulsive inclinations run through me. I say the Serenity Prayer and think before I fly off the cuff. It has really helped my relationships so much. Grateful for this day. Thanks.


Member: Tarah
Location: Wyoming
Remote Name: 69.144.236.182
Date: 20 Apr 2004
Time: 11:38 PM -0400

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tarah here.Im new at this on line meeting.Ive been sober 90 days.Think think think is somthing i try not to do so much.I belive my best thinking is why im here.I like to leave it up to my hp,and trus what ever it is he has planned for me and go with it.Faith is blind.Any time i start thinking to much i struggle with what is right and what is wrong.I become iratated,and waist to much energy on what i cannot control anyways.Its not a drinking problem its athinking problem.Hope ive toched someone thanks for helping my sobrity.


Member: larry b.
Location: cal-ore border
Remote Name: 208.19.107.185
Date: 21 Apr 2004
Time: 12:58 AM -0400

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larry, alcoholic-hi everybody-i really liked the think Think think-just what i need to do more of-my thinking today centers around reminding myself that i have very very few good ideas-there are only 2 things i can do on my own, without checking with my H.P. first-go to a meeting whenever i think of it, and help someone else get to a meeting-but i have to talk to H.P.on the way to do both! all other thinking is suspect. I'll work a step just so i don't have to mow the lawn! even the laudable can be lamentable. i'm sober, i'm happy, and glad i found this site. thanx,larry b


Member: O.B.
Location: Austin
Remote Name: 63.246.170.233
Date: 21 Apr 2004
Time: 01:16 AM -0400

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Hey all, OB here, alcoholic. I've just had a terrible day, which ended in some crap at work. So I've been think THINK thinkin away on that subject, trying to figure out what to do about it. I just wanted to say thanks for everyone's shares; they have really helped me out. Have a great rest of the week.


Member: sahsa
Location: London
Remote Name: 213.249.149.66
Date: 22 Apr 2004
Time: 08:16 AM -0400

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Hi. I'm Sasha and I'm an alcoholic. It was my thinking that got me into the rooms, thinking I could drink for England and get away with it. Thinking nothing and no-one mattered apart from who was going to sub me for my next bottle and thinking what I was gonna do to pay for it. Then once a member of the fellowship, thinking how I was gonna stay sober. thinking and struggling, I became a legend on my own sofa.My sponser told me that nobody ever thought themselves sober,and that I couldn't think myself into good acts. I had to act myself to good thoughts. Didn't make too much sense at the time but makes loads now. If I act in a way that is less than I expect of myself then the thoughts follow. Thoughts of manipulation and deceit,thoughts of oblivion and nothingness.However when I act as I've learned, with respect and compassion for myself and others my thoughts reflect that process. Today my thoughts are of sunshine,holidays and family, perhaps I'm doing something right. Thanks for reading Sasha


Member: ladymoonstar
Location: waldport,ore
Remote Name: 64.28.63.207
Date: 22 Apr 2004
Time: 07:58 PM -0400

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ladymoonstar,recovering alcoholic "think,think,think!"befor i was sober i never thought about anything but my next drink.now i think through most everything. the program thur the 3rd step tells me that i dont have to do it alone,when in question about should i do this or that i rely on prayer it's that simple. ladymoonstar


Member: Tim G.
Location: PA
Remote Name: 24.238.76.33
Date: 23 Apr 2004
Time: 07:08 AM -0400

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Member: John O'L
Location: DFW Texas
Remote Name: 152.163.253.70
Date: 23 Apr 2004
Time: 07:26 AM -0400

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Good Morning, Everyone! I have discovered that, left to my own devices, my natural inclination is to think in the wrong direction (such as resentments and anger and the like!). When I am involved in the program of AA, my thinking is more likely to be on-the-beam, instead of off-the-beam, and I am much more likely to think thoughts of serenity and forgiveness. If I start to skip meetings, not read the Big Book or other material relating to AA (such as this magnificent and helpful website), then it follows in my life as surely as night follows day that I will tend to gravitate back to the thinking that lead me into despair. It's so amazing! I can feel bad and have negative thinking, and just one meeting has the power to help me turn it around and get my head on straight. Back in the days when I knew I had a drinking problem, but wouldn't accept that I was an alcoholic - my thinking would keep getting more and more negative, and I had no HP or help of others in recovery to guide me in turning my thinking in a positve direction. I never made it a full year dry, but always found my thinking led me back to the beer, wine, and liquor. Now, in AA, my thinking helps me stay sober and I do not get caught up in that death-spiral of negative and self-destructive thinking that came so close to killing me.


Member: Tracy
Location: Little ole England
Remote Name: 62.255.64.7
Date: 23 Apr 2004
Time: 07:40 AM -0400

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When I first saw the slogan "Think Think Think" I read it and internalised it in more of a "Quick Quick Think" tone...then I stopped and thought...no it's more a "T-h-i-n-k. T-h-i-n-k, T-h-i-n-k" in a mellow tone...that made a whole world of difference for me...when drinking I rushed everywhere and made rushed choices ...but I am now trying to practice it in a relaxed manner...its hard I am working constantly at this but having made the change from quick quick, to slow slow it helping. Trace


Member: roze
Location: Penna.
Remote Name: 64.12.117.14
Date: 23 Apr 2004
Time: 04:16 PM -0400

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think-think-think,great topic! like alot of you have shared i was impulsive & wanted everything done yesterday! now with soberity i can stop take a breath,say the serenity prayer, & actually make rational decisions now. i'm far from perfect,but when i do mess up step 10 let's me take care of problems. thanks for letting me share. love,roze


Member: Jessica L.
Location: albany, Or
Remote Name: 65.116.67.1
Date: 23 Apr 2004
Time: 04:17 PM -0400

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Hi All. Jessica here! Well I know I feel much better now that I am sober. I am glad to be clean. I just wish that I was free.Free from the impact that my lifestyle has caused me. Now I am working on cleaning up my life as well as my body mind and spirit. Have a great sober week everyone!!!


Member: Jim B
Location: Seattle
Remote Name: 172.203.243.81
Date: 23 Apr 2004
Time: 11:39 PM -0400

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THINK, THINK, THINK At the beginning of today's meeting, someone noted that the CDC had issued a warning yesterday that anyone who has ever had heart problems should totally avoid second hand smoke, because as little as thirty minutes of exposure could be lethal. Thus, the smokers were asked not to smoke for the hour a meeting lasts, as several of our older memebers have had heart surgery. You would think they had been asked to amputate their private parts. Some cussed, some left, some pulled the "outside issue" card (when you don't want to face the truth, just yell outside issue), you name it. It was the perfect example of the immature, irrational, self centered behavior of an active drug addict. Many of these people have been in AA for ten or twenty years, but because they are still hooked on nicotine and refuse to make an effort to actually get clean and sober, they lack the ability to THINK of anyone but themselves. A sad example of what AA could be.


Member: jimr
Location: chicago
Remote Name: 68.164.230.197
Date: 24 Apr 2004
Time: 01:13 AM -0400

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Don't think, act. You can literally love yourself to death in this disease. I used to think I needed a drink. It was time to let my sponsor think for me, literally. Thank God I fell into a group of loving men that cared enough about me to discourage any thoughts of myself (my true enemy). I guess I had had enough of thinking myself into the ultimate corner, the street corner. Surrender, trust God and your sponsor if you got a good one... if you don't know what a good one is... it's the type of person that won't let you get away with anything, the type that can help you escape from you. MAKE you do things you DON'T want to do. Do the work, clean house, and think think think of others first.


Member: chris h.
Location: fla.
Remote Name: 205.188.117.14
Date: 24 Apr 2004
Time: 12:30 PM -0400

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I'm Chris, I'm an alcoholic, addict. And very greatful to be sober today. It is great to be able to read the posts today and to be able to share. Think..think...think...That has been a hard one for me, because I would much rather act without thinking. But as we say in the program , my best thinking got me in here, so it's not a very good thing for me to do. I , like others, don't do too much of importance, until I run it by my sponsor. I thank God for her , because she is such a "level headed " thinker...which I am NOT.!!!:-)..I am so greatful for this program and all of the "Level headed thinking" it has provided me with. I was reading the BIG BOOK the other day and it wa talking about God wants our heads in the clouds with Him, but our feet on the ground helping others who need our help(paraphrase) ...That was so good for me , because left to my own "thinking" I will wonder around with my head in the clouds and not be helping others or myself///I am glad to be bakc shjaring on this sight...Thanks for letting me share.


Member: Julie S
Location: Nova Scotia
Remote Name: 142.176.146.80
Date: 25 Apr 2004
Time: 12:13 AM -0400

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Hi Everyone! As I was reading all the thoughts on this topic I kept remembering how someone once explained this one to me... The Honest I Never Knew vrs The Honest I Now Know. I have been trying to think of a third one for a while now! Hugs to all, Julie


Member: Julie S
Location: Nova Scotia
Remote Name: 142.176.146.80
Date: 25 Apr 2004
Time: 12:14 AM -0400

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Oops - Those should be Honesty! Sorry - J