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Ray A. is a recovering alcoholic with 30 years of continuous sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous. He drank for almost as many years and, as with most drunks, alcohol touched every aspect of his life. Early on he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in languages and literature. As his disease progressed, however, he left a doctoral degree unfinished. Alcohol also exacted its toll on his marriage, his family, and a series of promising careers. In mid-life, Ray came to AA homeless, alone, and unemployable.

Once in the rooms Ray made progress on many fronts, from personal relations to the establishment of a successful business. By the time of his twelfth anniversary, however, he began to suffer an emotional relapse that would worsen over the c
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Tolerance is one of the virtues that figure in our Step 4 inventory as a corrective to anger and resentment, the others being patience, kindness, and compassion. It is also the underlying principle in Tradition 3, which makes a desire to stop drinking the only requirement for membership.

Tolerance is an antidote to anger and resentment because its opposite, intolerance, is naturally conducive to... Read more of this blog post »
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“When we look back from the vantage point of sobriety, many of us realize that when drinking we often felt like a fake, a fraud, and a phony. That’s because we were. – p. 74”
Ray A., Practice These Principles: Living the Spiritual Disciplines and Virtues in 12-Step Recovery to Achieve Spiritual Growth, Character Development, and Emotional Sobriety

“The truth is that we were so spiritually and morally bankrupt that we could not even see some of those lines: we stepped over them blindly. Other times we saw the lines alright, but we wanted to cross them. Alcohol gave us the false courage to do it and numbed our conscience as we did. Alcohol was the great enabler, and the great anesthetic. It wasn’t God who was dead. We were. – p. 116”
Ray A., Practice These Principles: Living the Spiritual Disciplines and Virtues in 12-Step Recovery to Achieve Spiritual Growth, Character Development, and Emotional Sobriety

“In AA we don’t come to God through theology but through experience, mostly of the humbling and humiliating variety, often reluctantly, and sometimes even kicking and screaming. – p. 179”
Ray A., Practice These Principles: Living the Spiritual Disciplines and Virtues in 12-Step Recovery to Achieve Spiritual Growth, Character Development, and Emotional Sobriety

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“I try hard to hold fast to the truth that a full and thankful heart cannot entertain great conceits. When brimming with gratitude, one’s heartbeat must surely result in outgoing love, the finest emotion we can ever know.”
Bill W.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”
Plato

“A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.”
Albert Einstein

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.”
Will Durant




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