From the archives of 2010 Monty is joined by co-hosts Brad and Mason with special guest Devon to play some Big Book Trivia and discuss the possibility that some folks in recovery may become meeting addicted and not actually be recovering. Is it possible for people to become meeting dependent and miss the point of what the Twelve Steps are really all about?
Learning to enjoy present possessions rather than desiring new or additional ones. Learning to control curiosity. Learning to enjoy times of being alone. These are keys to our recovery of we are going to be at peace and experience the serenity we so often seek. Are you a person of contentment or do you strive to keep up with the Jones's. Do you require more money, more things or constant affirmation from others in order to be content in your own skin?
Learning the importance of limitations and the meaning of the word "no." Responding to the wishes of God, parents, and others in authority. Yielding the right to have the final decision. These are the elements of the character, obedience. Not always our first thought as people in recovery who are used to getting and demanding our own way, our rights and placing expectations on others.
Closing song "To Obey is Better Than Sacrifice" by Keith Green.
Learning to be a reliable messenger. Gaining approval of others without misrepresenting the facts. Facing the consequences of a mistake.
How many of us believe that we never lie, or that we are always truthful? What part does being truthful play in our recovery, our families and our jobs? Should we always tell the truth regardless of the outcome? Closing song "Don't Ya Lie To Me" Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughn.
Are you a person of your word? Do you follow through with your commitments or do you back out of things and say nothing? What does your character speak of when people hear your name, see your face or communicate with you? How do you handle people that lack integrity? Is integrity a part of your recovery process? Join the gang as we cover some of these issues as they relate to this week's topic: Integrity. Closing song, Ready to Surrender by Michael Purington
Over an hour of pure recovery music from some of the movers and shakers in the recovery recording artist community. Names like Amanda Broadway, Elizabeth Edwards, Lauren Adams, Dawn Wilder, Conley (Ray) White, Bubba Mac, Joe Fuller and many more. Kick back and enjoy the sounds of recovery music and the artist behind the gift.
"If I were only better at it, if I were only smarter, if I were only stronger in my recovery, my faith, my prayer life, my spirituality". How many times have we told ourselves that if we were only this or that we could be better, do better, live better? But what if our success comes from our failures, from our character defects and yes even through weakness. Just what if?
Closing Song: My Eyes Are Dry by Keith Green
Are you a worry wart? A nervous Nellie? Do you constantly fret about everything and anything from your health to how you are perceived at work to whether or not a terror strike is imminent?
If this sounds like you, then you may be worrying your life away. And what about your recovery? Do you future trip on your sobriety date, if you can make it one more day without drinking or using? This excessive worry doesn't just affect your mental health; it also can wreak havoc on your physical well-being.
Closing Song: Heart To My Head by David Ashley
Unforgiveness just imprisons you in the past, and for all the time that you go back to the past and regurgitate that unforgiving attitude, you will accumulate in your life the tragedy of anger and hostility escalated, built on, accumulated, piled up, which will rob you of the joy of living. You will go through life feeling just as bad as you do now or worse – with no relief in sight. On the other hand, forgiveness opens the door and lets the prisoner out. Forgiveness sets you free from your past. As soon as you forgive it, it’s gone, you’re free. If you insist on remembering the offense and never forgiving it, then you allow the person to go on offending you the rest of your life. And it’s your fault, not theirs.
Closing Song: Forgiveness by John Bartol
From the archives of Speaker Monday on the Take 12 Recovery Radio Show comes the incredibly serious and gut-busting hilarious AA circuit speaker, Mickey B. If you have had a stressful week like I have, this is just what you need to get your motor started and in a GREAT mood. Alcoholism is about powerlessness but recovery is about power!!!