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Unread 11-02-2009, 12:37 PM   #79
jerryg
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Frankie,

Been following this thread and I would like to encourage you to stay sober. And I am glad you are finding help here.
About the god issue and AA. Finding a "higher power" that works for you must begin with your commitment. Much has to do with finding what you want and using a higher power to remind you to stay the course. Veering off is part of the process but using course corrections are a part of the process as well.
Also, do we always find ways to "make" ourselves happy or is it more that we are receptive when happiness give us opportunities? In the effort to "make ourselves happy" we may turn to a drink or other substance to manipulate our feelings. To be receptive to happiness is to be receptive to our full range of feeling across the board. Accepting all feelings equally. That may be asking a lot given that we may harbor painful feelings!

Jerry
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