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Unread 11-19-2012, 12:44 AM   #1
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The holidays have always..been challenging for me. I'm wondering what strategies people use.
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Unread 11-19-2012, 07:12 PM   #2
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hmmmm. I usually eat to much also : )


Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
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Unread 11-22-2012, 11:19 AM   #3
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I sent a message to each of my friends, letting them know I am thankful for their friendship and thanking them for their support. As you know - this past month has been a real "witch" and I am grateful for all of my friends.

I think that is the strategy that is going to work for me this particular holiday. Sending out notes to the people I love and let me know about it

So to all of you - my cyber family . THANK YOU! I am thankful for this website and the amazing people that post here.

Love you all.

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Unread 11-29-2012, 09:32 PM   #4
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1418, You are welcome.
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Unread 11-30-2012, 12:37 AM   #5
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Most important! Have a "way out" in other words say you are at a get together and you feel really uncomfortable. Make sure you can get out of Dodge if need be. Have a car or call a taxi etc worse case is if you doubt you can handle it, bow out with grace.

Have candy to eat for cravings that may help and have a sponsor on speed dial.Use a clear glass for your drink and have maybe 7Up so you can see if by accident alcohol was put into it. You can go as far as putting a "label" on the drink like a unique stirrer for example so you know it is your drink.

Pray and if you get meloncholy, call someone or better yet, try and cheer up somebody-it helps us get out of our head which is usually "enemy" territory lol

Keep the faith and know that in sobriety, every day can be Christmas!

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Unread 11-30-2012, 01:33 AM   #6
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My plan for this holiday season is to read the posts of people smarter than me. This includes about everyone but me

In my opinion, it is the most difficult 6 weeks of the year. Bless you all.
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Unread 11-30-2012, 04:24 PM   #7
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You are a child of God worthy of respect and by no means 'not smart' I think you are pretty smart choosing to live a life without alcohol. You are smart for asking questions and you are smart because you realize you do not have all the answers-My god" The more I think of it. you are a genius sir! lol

Seriously, the dumb saying (an AA is full of em) "Cannot be too dumb to "get" AA but can be too smart" has merit insofar as knowing that you do not know and that all you attempts have failed. when "too smart" one may question too much and one may think they understand stuff that really unfolds in time. I was too smart for a while but got dumb when I hit bottom-Dumb for me turned out to be mighty wise-I gave up and allowed a bunch of folk I did not really even like guide me. In the past I'd look at the steps and think them kinda trite but today I have an inkling as to their wisdom

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Unread 12-14-2012, 05:20 PM   #8
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I am not a fan of December due to deaths of parents ( one on Christmas day) - also I dislike the stress the, commercialism however when I had my child I made it a goal to make it fun for him. Prior to that I stayed busy working and going to meetings.
I do not crave substances per se, but remember when it used to be a way of coping with stress.
Now, I do toys for tots, adopt a family and try to help those in need as it does help me to help others. It is important that my son is involved in this too. I also make a point to find gratitude in big and small things.

As I write this I am listening to the news, devastated by the senseless tragic elem. school shooting. I think Dec. 2012 may be forever a day we won't forget, nor should we. It certainly makes me want to let my loved ones know how dear they are to me and especially hold my child. I cannot even imagine what those families are going through, my heart and prayers go out to them all.
This is a good topic 1418!
Take care all , you are all such a great group ! Love, Carly
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