Ready, Set, ACTION

Breakfast of Champions?

One of the things i love most about AA is that it’s a program of action.

i’m a thinker, and not a very good one, but a thinker nonetheless. i spent my whole life trying to rationalize and intellectualize and philosophize my choices and decisions. Where did that get me?

i drowned myself in my addictions just to give myself a couple minutes of not thinking.

AA doesn’t want me to think because my thinking is flawed. AA wants action, which is perfect for someone like me who thinks “faith” is a mind game and “understanding” is for intellectuals.

My Daily Action Plan:

  1. Eat breakfast (banana and yogurt). Eating regularly and in normal quantities helps keep my mind alert
  2. Read my daily “prayer” (page 86 of the Big Book) to remind myself not to be a control freak
  3. Put my 6 month chip in my pocket when i get dressed to use as a good luck charm reminder
  4. Write about recovery during the day
  5. Do some AA step work during my day
  6. Call my sponsor regularly
  7. Attend a meeting after work
  8. Read from the Big Book before bed

My favorite thing about doing all this is that the busier i am, the less time i have to think. And my life is living proof that i really really suck at thinking.


About Al K Hall

Like a battered drinker or a punch drunk boxer, i am here for another round. For those of you who don’t know me, i’m a semi-professional writer on the rocks and a non-practicing alcoholic (if after 30 years of practicing, you still can't do something well, it's best to just give it up). For those of you who do know me, thanks for stopping by anyway and where’s the ten bucks you owe me? Welcome to my Bar None. A hole in the wall where we can hang out and trade the kind of stories you swap only when you’ve had one too many and either can’t find your way home or are afraid to. Hell, it’s cheaper than therapy and plus the pictures are prettier. Here we’ll crack open bottles and jokes and ‘last call’ are the only dirty words you’ll never hear. Pull up a stool and make yourselves at home.

Posted on September 28, 2011, in Alcoholics Anonymous, Alcoholism, Lessons in Recovery, Recovery and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Looks like a great action plan, and I can share that you have really been fantastic at sticking to it!!

  2. Hey Al, While your other blog is entertaining, I am also glad to find out how recovery is going. When I did my 2 stints in AA, 89 days and 7 1/2 months, I did go to meetings every day for 89 days and did call my sponsor every day for 89 days, but I did little of the other things in your daily routine. I guess I only jumped in with one foot. After all those months, I only finished step 1. Congrats to you for going all the way in. BTW, the reason I stopped at 89 days the first time was I didn’t want a 90 day chip, knowing that I didn’t plan to stick around much longer.
    Stay well …..

    • Moderation!

      Thanks for stopping by and posting a note on the board. Yes, we’ve got a little of everything on tap here at the Bar None to make sure everyone can find a little something that tastes like home.

      AA isn’t for everybody. While i’m definitely very Pro-AA, i also understand that it’s very well suited to me and my needs. i cannot drink. Ever. It’s that very first drink that gets me every time and AA does a wonderful job of keeping that first drink out of my hand.

      i’ll say it and keep saying it: The best recovery plan is the one that works for you. i sincerely hope you find a program that addresses your needs and lights the way to a happier, healthier life.

      Keep coming back, Moderation,

      Al K Hall

  3. Al, a while back, I posted something on another board, and, without knowing it I was automatically logged in under my wordpress login. So, this other board that had nothing to do with drinking had my posted listed under “alcholicstruggle”. Once, I saw it come up that way, I changed my login name to “moderation” which is more reflective of my current status anyway. Just wanted you to know that I am still out here following and cheering for you, just under a new login name.
    Cheers …….

    • Moderation, brother!

      i didn’t realize you were AlcoholicStruggles brother. Thanks for pointing that out. i agree “Moderation” suits you better, plus it’s more life affirming. Whenever i think of someone capable of Moderate drinking, you’re the first guy who comes to mind.

      Keep up the good work, man.

      And Keep coming back,

      Al K Hall

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