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Rule #62

Post by Dallas » Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:41 am

Rule 62: "Don't take yourself too serious!"

"We have been speaking to you of serious, sometimes
tragic things. We have been dealing with alcohol in its
worst aspect. But we aren’t a glum lot. If newcomers
could see no joy or fun in our existence, they wouldn’t
want it. We absolutely insist on enjoying life. We try not
to indulge in cynicism over the state of the nations, nor
do we carry the world’s troubles on our shoulders. When
we see a man sinking into the mire that is alcoholism, we
give him first aid and place what we have at his disposal.
For his sake, we do recount and almost relive the horrors
of our past. But those of us who have tried to shoulder
the entire burden and trouble of others find we are soon
overcome by them.

So we think cheerfulness and laughter make for usefulness.

Outsiders are sometimes shocked when we burst
into merriment over a seemingly tragic experience out of
the past. But why shouldn’t we laugh? We have recovered,
and have been given the power to help others."
~pg 132, Alcoholics Anonymous


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Re: Rule #62

Post by sunlight » Tue Apr 16, 2013 6:04 pm

The very first thing I heard at my very first meeting (and I was still drunk) was from this bright, shining, happy-face man who stated, " I don't take myself very seriously. But I take the illness of alcoholism VERY seriously."

Huh? I was just the opposite. I took myself, my opinions, my ideas, my way of doing things so seriously that they were LAW!
The problem was nobody wanted to follow my law, and I was filled with frustration, rage, self-importance, self-pity and all the rest of the rottenness that goes with self. And here were these jolly alcoholics who seemed to have let all that go! How did they do that? Were they secretly loaded? Did I really have an illness?

I was full of questions and I wanted answers. I found them by taking the steps. They didn't come immediately, but I was assured they would come. I learned patience. That was tough, but what better thing did I have to do? Drink? Oh please, no! I wanted to be sober even more than I wanted answers.

This was all so new for me, who had never thought or behaved this way, that I think it blew my mind. This is a good thing! Anything was better than the mind I had!

My mind continues to be blown as I live each new day in sobriety. And I let it blow away. Kind of a breezy brain grounded in AA.

Oh I still can get into that queen of the universe, "off with his head" mentality, but there's always an AA to let me know that I'm being an @ss. Then we can both laugh about it and see if there's someone we can help laugh too.

It's a great rule. Think I'll embroider it on a tapestry.

Thanks Dallas!

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Re: Rule #62

Post by Dallas » Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:41 am

Oh, it's so refreshing to see your bright & shiny post!
You & your message were just what I needed this morning!!!!

Thank you, and love & hugs to you Sunlight!


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