Life Starts When You Stop: Lessons From AA

Over the years I have learned a lot from the 12-step tradition about myself, others and life in general. Here are some of my favorite AA slogans.

Live and let live.

This, too, shall pass.

More will be revealed.

No pain, no gain.

You will be amazed.

Let it begin with me.

Have a good day, unless of course you have made other plans.

It takes time.

When all else fails, follow directions.

Share your happiness.

Count your blessings.

Take the cotton out of your ears and put it in your mouth.

The price for serenity and sanity is self-sacrifice.

You can’t give away what you don’t have.

Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.

Spirituality is the ability to get our minds off ourselves.

When your head begins to swell your mind stops growing.

Sorrow is looking back, worry is looking around.

Minds are like parachutes—-they won’t work unless they’re open.

If you turn it over and don’t let go of it, you will be upside down.

It isn’t the load that weighs us down——it’s the way we carry it.

You are not required to like it, you’re only required to DO it.

Time wasted in getting even can never be used in getting ahead.

You are exactly where you are supposed to be.

A drug is a drug is a drug.

Pain is the touchstone of spiritual growth.

The road to resentment is paved with expectation.

Success means getting your BUT out of the way.

Analysis is paralysis.

Life starts when you stop.

We have a living problem, not a drinking problem.

Reality is for people who can’t handle drugs.

A winner is a loser who keeps trying.

Don’t try to clear away the wreckage of the future.

Stand by the coffee pots. It’s a good way to meet people.

Always remember the insanity…Be thankful for the pain…But most of all be thankful for the days that remain.

The A.A. Paradoxes:

From weakness(adversity)comes strength.

—We forgive to be forgiven.

—We give it away to keep it.

—We suffer to get well.

—We surrender to win.

—We die to live.

—From darkness comes light.

—From dependence we found independence

AA is starting to sound Buddhist.

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