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[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 11, 2018 12:24:33 PM / by John D. posted in integrity, rehabilitation, recovery community, shame, guilt, acceptance

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I received my three-month medallion on October 22, 1978. I was fifteen, sober and I was thrilled. To add to my excitement - weeks earlier I had scored tickets to see Bob Dylan at the St. Paul Civic Center on October 31, 1978. This would be the first time that Bob Dylan would play a concert in Minnesota in 16 years. The concert had sold-out immediately and I had managed to get tickets. I was stoked. I was three-months sober and I was going to see Dylan.

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Seven Steps to Conflict Resolution.

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 14, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in conflict resolution, Al-anon, big book, acceptance, Love

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1.   It takes two to tango. In any situation if I respond with anger, hurt or frustration, the situation can quickly escalate. If I respond with calm and reassurance the situation can quickly defuse. If I refuse to do the dance of anger, the dance quickly ends.

 

2.   What other people think of me is none of my business. I have a sponsor and significant others to whom I turn for advice and suggestions. If I try to live my life to appease and please those around me, I become a people pleaser. And there’s an app for people pleasing – it’s called Al-Anon.

 

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Accepting the things I cannot change, trying to change the things I can’t accept.

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 9, 2017 5:00:00 AM / by John MacDougall posted in acceptance, accepting change, serenity prayer, alcoholism, getting drunk

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