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From the books  ...  Alcoholics Anonymous (Big Book) and Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (12 & 12)


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1.
View STEP SIX essay   ... trying.   12&12 Step Six, p.68  
The only urgent thing is that we make a beginning, and keep trying.


2.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... trying and the certain penalties of failing ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.74  
We are obliged to choose between the pains of trying and the certain penalties of failing to do so.


3.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... trying on our own power.   BB How It Works, p.62  
Neither could we reduce our self-centeredness much by wishing or trying on our own power.


4.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... trying to arrange life to suit ourselves.   BB Into Action, p.88  
We do not tire so easily, for we are not burning up energy foolishly as we did when we were trying to arrange life to suit ourselves.


5.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... trying to arrange the family show to ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.122  
Is not each trying to arrange the family show to his liking?


6.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... trying to arrange the lights, the ballet, ...   BB How It Works, p.60  
Each person is like an actor who wants to run the whole show; is forever trying to arrange the lights, the ballet, the scenery and the rest of the players in his own way.


7.
View INTO ACTION chapter   Trying to avoid this humbling experience, they ...   BB Into Action, p.72  
Trying to avoid this humbling experience, they have turned to easier methods.


8.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... trying to be a number one man, ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.122  
In later life he finds that real happiness is not to be found in just trying to be a number one man, or even a first-rater in the heartbreaking struggle for money, romance, or self-importance.


9.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... trying to be kind?   BB How It Works, p.61  
Is he not really a self-seeker even when trying to be kind?


10.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... trying to be, rather than for what ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.123  
But the wise family will admire him for what he is trying to be, rather than for what he is trying to get.


11.
View STEP ONE essay   ... trying to carry A.A.'s message to the ...   12&12 Step One, p.24  
Who wants to sacrifice time and energy in trying to carry A.A.'s message to the next sufferer?


12.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... trying to conceal.   12&12 Step Five, p.56  
They will tell how they tried to carry the load alone; how much they suffered of irritability, anxiety, remorse, and depression; and how, unconsciously seeking relief, they would sometimes accuse even their best friends of the very character defects they themselves were trying to conceal.


13.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... trying to conceal a number of scrapes, ...   BB To Employers, p.140  
Your man has probably been trying to conceal a number of scrapes, perhaps pretty messy ones.


14.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... trying to convert a newcomer who sat ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.163  
"I heard all this quite plainly, as I was piously trying to convert a newcomer who sat next to me.


15.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... trying to deal rightly with God by ...   12&12 Step Five, p.59  
At this stage, the difficulties of trying to deal rightly with God by ourselves are twofold.


16.
View STEP NINE essay   ... trying to do.   12&12 Step Nine, p.84  
Then we are ready to go to these people, to tell them what A.A. is, and what we are trying to do.


17.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... trying to do.   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.185  
As a rule, the average newcomer wanted his family to know immediately what he was trying to do.


18.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... trying to do something about all these ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
Can we find a new joy of living in trying to do something about all these things?


19.
View STEP THREE essay   Trying to do this is an act ...   12&12 Step Three, p.40  
Trying to do this is an act of his own will.


20.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... trying to do up to this point:   12&12 Step Twelve, p.107  
So let's consider briefly what we have been trying to do up to this point:


21.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... trying to do, we make no bones ...   BB Into Action, p.78  
Telling them what we are trying to do, we make no bones about our drinking; they usually know it anyway, whether we think so or not.


22.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... trying to employ, that is to say ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.180  
But this was a man who had experienced many years of frightful drinking, who had had most all the drunkard's experiences known to man, but who had been cured by the very means I had been trying to employ, that is to say the spiritual approach.


23.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... trying to enforce upon the rest of ...   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.176  
Others fell apart because of sheer self-righteousness while trying to enforce upon the rest of mankind some millennium of their own specification.


24.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... trying to fight this booze racket alone."   BB A Vision For You, p.158  
Then he added, "He sure didn't do much for me when I was trying to fight this booze racket alone."


25.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... trying to find emotional security by being ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.116  
We were still trying to find emotional security by being dominating or dependent upon others.


26.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... trying to find how different we were ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.123  
The doctors weren't trying to find how different we were from one another; they sought to find whatever personality traits, if any, this group of alcoholics had in common.


27.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... trying to form groups in other cities.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvii  
Besides these, there were scattered alcoholics who had picked up the basic ideas in Akron or New York who were trying to form groups in other cities.


28.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... trying to get.   BB The Family Afterward, p.123  
But the wise family will admire him for what he is trying to be, rather than for what he is trying to get.


29.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... trying to get a new attitude, a ...   BB Into Action, p.72  
We have been trying to get a new attitude, a new relationship with our Creator, and to discover the obstacles in our path.


30.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... trying to glimpse.   12&12 Step Eleven, p.101  
It ought to be followed by a good look at where we stand now, and a further look at what might happen in our lives were we able to move closer to the ideal we have been trying to glimpse.


31.
View STEP SIX essay   ... trying to grow in the image and ...   12&12 Step Six, p.63  
He goes on to explain that any person capable of enough willingness and honesty to try repeatedly Step Six on all his faults -- without any reservations whatever -- has indeed come a long way spiritually, and is therefore entitled to be called a man who is sincerely trying to grow in the image and likeness of his own Creator.


32.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... trying to help one another.   12&12 Tradition Ten, p.178  
At first, the society was composed entirely of alcoholics trying to help one another.


33.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... trying to help serious drinkers who should ...   BB To Employers, p.147  
They often jeopardize their own positions by trying to help serious drinkers who should have been fired long ago, or else given an opportunity to get well.


34.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... trying to help the next alcoholic who ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.96  
We A.A.'s are active folk, enjoying the satisfactions of dealing with the realities of life, usually for the first time in our lives, and strenuously trying to help the next alcoholic who comes along.


35.
View STEP SIX essay   ... trying to help those we criticize; we ...   12&12 Step Six, p.67  
Here we are not trying to help those we criticize; we are trying to proclaim our own righteousness.


36.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... trying to hold their faces up to ...   12&12 Tradition Three, p.141  
In that time nothing could be seen but two struggling, nameless groups of alcoholics trying to hold their faces up to the light.


37.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... trying to impose upon you for money, ...   BB Working With Others, p.96  
Be certain he will be welcomed by your family, and that he is not trying to impose upon you for money, connections, or shelter.


38.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... trying to live.   BB The Family Afterward, p.130  
One more suggestion: Whether the family has spiritual convictions or not, they may do well to examine the principles by which the alcoholic member is trying to live.


39.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... trying to live by this formula than ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.71  
But we are sure that no class of people in the world ever made a worse mess of trying to live by this formula than alcoholics.


40.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... trying to live on a spiritual basis, ...   BB To Wives, p.118  
If your husband is trying to live on a spiritual basis, he will also be doing everything in his power to avoid disagreement or contention.


41.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... trying to make these arrangements our actor ...   BB How It Works, p.61  
In trying to make these arrangements our actor may sometimes be quite virtuous.


42.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... trying to persuade him.   BB Working With Others, p.90  
If he does not want to stop drinking, don't waste time trying to persuade him.


43.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... trying to play God ourselves.   12&12 Step Seven, p.72  
We could actually have earnest religious beliefs which remained barren because we were still trying to play God ourselves.


44.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... trying to practice A.A.'s Twelve Steps.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
We know this because we see monotony, pain, and even calamity turned to good use by those who keep on trying to practice A.A.'s Twelve Steps.


45.
View STEP SIX essay   ... trying to proclaim our own righteousness.   12&12 Step Six, p.67  
Here we are not trying to help those we criticize; we are trying to proclaim our own righteousness.


46.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... trying to produce some such emotional rearrangement ...   BB There Is A Solution, p.27  
In fact, I have been trying to produce some such emotional rearrangement within you.


47.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... trying to pull us down.   BB To Employers, p.145  
Sometimes we alcoholics have an idea that people are trying to pull us down.


48.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... trying to put our lives in order.   BB Into Action, p.77  
At the moment we are trying to put our lives in order.


49.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... trying to recover, he will tell you ...   BB To Employers, p.146  
If he is, and is still trying to recover, he will tell you about it even if it means the loss of his job.


50.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... trying to run his life so he ...   BB To Employers, pp.146-147  
He will appreciate knowing you are not bothering your head about him, that you are not suspicious nor are you trying to run his life so he will be shielded from temptation to drink.


51.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... trying to see what he can take ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.122  
Is he not unconsciously trying to see what he can take from the family life rather than give?


52.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... trying to stay sober, it can be ...   12&12 Tradition Seven, p.160  
When you add to this the habitual supposition that people ought to give money to alcoholics trying to stay sober, it can be understood why we thought we deserved a pile of folding money.


53.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... trying to take in the deep meaning ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.99  
As beginners in meditation, we might now reread this prayer several times very slowly, savoring every word and trying to take in the deep meaning of each phrase and idea.


54.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... trying to tell him what he should ...   BB Into Action, pp.77-78  
We are there to sweep off our side of the street, realizing that nothing worth while can be accomplished until we do so, never trying to tell him what he should do.


55.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... trying to turn everybody -- friends, wives, husbands, ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.115  
We had failed to see that though adult in years we were still behaving childishly, trying to turn everybody -- friends, wives, husbands, even the world itself -- into protective parents.


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