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For anyone who would like to work the steps, these versions of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous provide a platform for changing our lives and outlook to sober living one day at a time.

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1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol - that our lives had become unmanageable.

2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Good Conscience 12 Steps Spiritual

For anyone who would like to work the steps, this version of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous provides slightly different wording of the six steps that make reference to God or a Higher Power. This version of the Twelve Steps seems to have originated in agnostic A.A. groups in California.

1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.

2. Came to believe and to accept that we needed strengths beyond our awareness and resources to restore us to sanity.

[Original: Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.]

3. Made a decision to entrust our will and our lives to the care of the collective wisdom and resources of those who have searched before us.

[Original: Made a decision to turn our wills and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.]

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

5. Admitted to ourselves without reservation, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

[Original: Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.]

6. Were ready to accept help in letting go of all our defects of character.

[Original: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.]

7. With humility and openness sought to eliminate our shortcomings.

[Original: Humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings.]

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.

11. Sought through meditation to improve our spiritual awareness and our understanding of the AA way of life and to discover the power to carry out that way of life.

[Original: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.]

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

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And, as you do, you will experience your own self esteem and inner strength grow. In this way you can turn tolerance into strength.

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June 2 2007

Feelings And Anniversaries DonInLondon ‘Day In the Life’

Well indeed an anniversary. I am three years sober today and in the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. We celebrate birthdays of sobriety and I felt a little nervous and anxious about today. I have always said it took me a week to have some determination, so plumped for June 6, it being D Day and an important universal date. But that felt somewhat grandiose of me and so decided it best to stick with truth, and the truth is its today. Three years and not a drop of alcohol for me.

When it comes to me and sharing you might think or feel that I am quite strong and robust in sharing my life. After all its all here on the web pretty much. There are still some elements I don’t share because to so would harm others or make them feel used, utilised and put on show maybe. And the truth is its quite easy for me to share my stuff. I do it in meetings and here. I don’t feel the need for anonymity in the sense of stigma or being ashamed for an illness which was not planned and keeping in recovery a day at a time.

When I was diagnosed later in sobriety with other ailments. It seemed to me there was little point in feeling less than others by keeping things like my illnesses under wraps. Because I need people to know what is going on so they may help me or avoid me too, as some people are not good with others maladies. Its not a problem, they can walk on by if needed. And as I wear a chain saying what is going on, at least there are clues if I appear unconscious somewhere and what to do.

Two Meetings of AA today

Yes I went off to Hinde Street this lunchtime to go and be at a meeting which hand out "chips" for anniversaries. And I got my three year chip. It made me nervous, I went to Hinde Street expecting no one would know me there. I was wrong and so the cat was out of the bag. A bit sly of me I guess, I did not want fuss really. I still feel awkward about celebrating and maybe its this feeling of "less than worthy" that creeps in from time to time. A hangover from times of fear and being different I guess. At least these days I have great company and understanding fellows. As well as family of course who are integral to my well being a day at a time.

So Tonight

I went to the Bolton’s and did not share, but as we were winding up the meeting the new Secretary asked if anyone was celebrating birthdays, so I was able to put my hand and got clapped for another year in sobriety.


It is without doubt good news and an achievement in this one day living. We don’t get bigger or more bold in sobriety, we sort of stay the same size, right sized!

Feelings Tonight

I felt for others actually and what they are dealing with. And a friend of mine he struggles like me with other health issues and still remains cheerful and there for others. And so am I. It is fellowship after all.

And tonight I realise I care deeply for people who just want a chance to find some path out of abject misery alcohol causes some of us.

I am truly happy for those who can enjoy a drink and keep it sensible in living and remain in good spirits always.

I know with a certain degree of acceptance I would rather not drink today. And as things are it feels right and long may I keep faith, courage and confidence that sobriety is my path.

Life Works

Life needs to work and we work hard at all elements in the fellowship. What I have learned about feelings and how to live a fruitful and careful life is beyond measure. And the measure is one day for me.

So although I feel happy and content today, I know life has its challenges for me. I have family and fellowship, and unconditional support which is beyond anything I ever thought possible.

Old Fears

They don’t just disappear, and in some way we learn to deal with what causes the fear, the shame or being guilty for even being alive. All these feelings can pounce without too much trouble if I am not taking care or away from fellowship too long.

New Horizons

I have some, I have no idea where they may go. And it does not matter what the end will be, that’s a given. As to the journey by the day, well its with me and in good company these days.

Tonight I can say with absolute truth, the gratitude felt for everyone who has helped this sometimes ungrateful individual is beyond words. Family and fellowship have made possible a new life one day at a time, and with hope for a future simply living as one may.


I have my feelings back, that’s the good news. The bad news as we say is, I have my feelings back, all of them and I hope I may for a while yet. Whether is good or bad, easy or painful we learn as we go, and may it be so from hereon in. So much learned and more wisdom to come as life unfolds.

Balance, that elusive mixture still an unknown for me develops as time allows, no short cuts, no fixing, just living and being..

Till tomorrow

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A question of Secrets and Resentments

I guess the connection of secrets inside us about us, and I do accept some others secrets we know are for no one else (and this makes things quite complicated if we are a counsellor or someone who has confidential access. the boundaries we are able to make if we provide context for others confidences) and resentments.

For me its where I might have felt shame for things I have done and not been able to put right and the resentment is in me about me. which is why step 5 and sharing the "insides out" is a humanising process. As is said if there is a name for it, its happened millions of times to others through history, so what we feel is unusual and cruel or shaming experience, we need realise is a well trodden journey for so many.

Resentments against self are the very hardest to express, and might be better shared and easier as we get confident being the right sized normal human, capable as the next of good or bad depending on situation and time. And of course we all have values and principles which vary. And principles and values go out the window in the heat of crises.

Tortured people in their sensibilities, their outlook under extreme conditions do the most awful things sometimes. Under orders, under pressure, fearful and driven by survival and sadly just afraid of being found out.

The truth out, will set us free and help us understand resentment against self are in the moment of now with hindsight and not with the eyes of "back then - in the day."

What upsets me most sometimes is not the madness of my misdeeds whilst drinking, which are about morality and relationships and love lost often, I can understand those things and make amends as I have often, it's the deceit as a child, where innocence is lost in a moment. I pinched a lump hammer off a wall when I was about seven years old and later saw the owner, who lived across the street looking for it. I never confessed at the time and it worried me for an age in my head and in my shame. We get shameful early about things and memories get so distorted, it keeps us in secretive mode for an age until it burns and the truth will out, somehow somewhere.

Where fear grows and fear is compounded by imagination our self image distorted and our shame guaranteed, well we can be forgiven in the end, but I do feel guilt like anyone long after maybe others have forgiven. And in truth I know some will never forgive me for showing them their insides and calamities and denials about life. The denials roll on for some. Denial is a seductive and simple process of self cleansing often and changing our fantasy to the reality we can live with. People do this all the time from little white lies to darn big whoppers. I catch myself in this tempting enterprise quite often when asked my opinion, and plump for honesty as reactions are given a moment and a responses aids my expression towards a more honest answer, or none at all..

Even now I feel awkward when relationships and friendships hit an impasse, well its old behaviour to see my part in it and take responsibility for others parts too. I am learning tho' it takes two, or more for things to go off and spoil. And then letting go and doing no harm help me be silent when resentments need only forgiveness, and I need not tread the same path again. Let go my part and their part, it's a hard ask sometimes as esteem flounders and ego pricks up to fill the dark shames and rejections we all have in life.

So forgiveness is a very necessary part of living, or we end up very alone and very fearful. We need our mistakes as much as success and to own them completely and to the right extent. And that does need more than one pair of eyes. And sharing and undoing the Gordian knots of life. Well we can do so much in a day and do some more as we may and time enables.

A short answer to a life long quest.. there is so much more to do

thanks again for reading and asking,

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The long kiss goodbye June 2 2007

No 1, London

It isn't bad, driving through town with Tony. The car's steel cladding, as the PM points out, is almost comically thick - so thick, indeed, that the interior has the feel of something like a Ford Fiesta rather than a Jaguar; and it takes nearly all your strength to tug shut the slab-like door behind you. But then we're away. The crouched policemen, in their Day-Glo yellow strip, buzz past like purposeful hornets to liberate the road ahead. We barely brake once between Downing Street and the Westway. The power is ebbing from him now; but for a little while longer we can luxuriate in the present tense. And, yes, it's a bit of all right, driving through town with Tony.

The best moment comes as we approach Hyde Park Corner. Instead of toiling around it, like all the other fools and losers, we sail across it, diagonally, and then curve right past that far from unfashionable address - No 1, London.

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Warning over fake high street medicines June 2 2007

David Rose and Robin Pagnamenta

Thousands of patients taking a life-saving cancer medicine have been warned that counterfeits have entered the supply chain.

Drug regulators issued the alert yesterday after the discovery of fake batches of Casodex, a prostate cancer drug, after an alarming surge in counterfeit medications for critical conditions. The alert is the third in a week involving blockbuster drugs, which have also included a schizophrenia drug and a blood-thinning agent.

Police have launched a big investigation after the discoveries, which have all been traced to the same UK-based wholesaler. They are thought likely to have originated from an international criminal syndicate – possibly based in China, Pakistan or India – taking advantage of the huge profits to be made from fake drugs. The wholesaler linked to the counterfeit batch, 65520, of Casodex, a hormone treatment for men with advanced prostate cancer, has had his licence removed.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), confirmed that a man had been arrested and released on bail last week after previous drug recalls of counterfeit Zyprexa, a schizophrenia drug, and Plavix, a blood thinner and the world’s second-biggest-sell-ing drug. Investigators believe that the dealer, who has not been charged, may have been working with other wholesalers to import the fakes from Asia via other European countries.

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For the love of god: a £50m work of art June 2 2007

By Thomas Sutcliffe

It is, depending on how you look at it, the ultimate bit of bling for a morbidly minded rapper or a searching interrogation of the complex relationship between value and price-tag in the contemporary art market. But whatever you think of Damien Hirst's latest high art provocation, there can be no disputing its brilliance - at least on a literal level. A platinum cast of a human skull has been set with 8,601 flawless diamonds, including a 52-carat, pear-shaped monster that could choke a Hollywood starlet, set off by another 37 carats of flawless whites. Displayed under spotlights in a darkened room in White Cube's Mason's Yard Gallery in south-west London, the skull, which contains three times the number of diamonds in the Imperial State Crown, appears to be the only source of light, a macabre glitter ball which casts a planetarium sparkle on to the awed faces of those who have come to gaze at it. It is a genuinely remarkable object - the silvery glitter of the pavé-set diamonds pierced here and there by dazzling points of intensely coloured light.

Its title is For the Love of God. Pronounce it with a disgusted exclamation mark on the end and you've perfectly captured the reaction of those who think that Brit Arts' most inventive self-publicist has just outdone himself in vulgarity. Murmur it a little more pensively and you've placed yourself in the camp of those who believe that Hirst, one of the richest of the Young British Artists, can afford to pursue his interest in our attitudes to death (and our fantasy that it might somehow be held at bay) to a point that would bankrupt all of his contemporaries.

That Hirst intends the ambiguity is unquestionable. He's always been a mischievous titler of his works and the name of the exhibition, which contains his latest enterprise in Guinness Book of Records aesthetics, also allows for mixed reactions; Beyond Belief. There are plenty of other new works crammed into White Cube's two London galleries: a new variation on the piece which first made Hirst a cartoonists' shorthand for contemporary art - a bisected tiger shark displayed in two tanks of formaldehyde and teasingly entitled Death Explained; a new series of Biopsy paintings, in which hugely magnified images of cancerous cells are adorned with a lethal glitter of scalpel blades and broken glass; more of his glass-encased parodies of devotional art, including a St Sebastian featuring a martyred, arrow-transfixed calf. But the skull is the show-stopper that will undoubtedly draw the curious. Entrance to the gallery is free but you have to book a timed ticket, and contemplation time is likely to be strictly rationed for mere spectators. Russian oligarchs and hedgefund wizards will undoubtedly get a little more time, but those who like the idea of having unlimited and exclusive access to what must be the most ostentatiously expensive sculpture ever made (the raw materials alone cost about £14m) are going to have to find £50m, a figure that calculatedly pushes Hirst into the salesroom stratosphere normally reserved for the dead or the definitively canonised.

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Palestinians 'united' on Johnston June 2 2007

A senior Palestinian figure has said all factions are united in condemning the abduction of the BBC's Gaza correspondent, Alan Johnston.

Saeb Erekat, advisor to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, said military action would be justified to free him.

His comments followed the release on Friday of a video of Mr Johnston, the first since his abduction on 12 March.

Mr Johnston's parents welcomed the video, in which he says he is in good health and is being treated well.

Graham and Margaret Johnston said the video, reportedly posted on the internet by the Army of Islam group, had given them "renewed hope".

"He looked well," Mr Johnston's father said. "Apparently he has been well cared for as he said, although I have to say it is very distressing to see him in such circumstances."

"I would just hope this maybe is the end game. We hope and pray it is."

Prime Minister Tony Blair, on a visit to South Africa, said the British government was doing everything it possibly could to secure his release.

A BBC statement read: "This is a highly distressing time for them and for his friends and his colleagues. We repeat our call for his immediate release."

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June 1 1953: Queen Elizabeth takes coronation oath

Queen Elizabeth II has been crowned at a coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey in London.

In front of more than 8,000 guests, including prime ministers and heads of state from around the Commonwealth, she took the Coronation Oath and is now bound to serve her people and to maintain the laws of God.

After being handed the four symbols of authority - the orb, the sceptre, the rod of mercy and the royal ring of sapphire and rubies - the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Geoffrey Fisher, placed St Edward's Crown on her head to complete the ceremony.

A shout of "God Save the Queen" was heard and gun salutes were fired as crowds cheered.

The Archbishop and fellow bishops then paid homage to Queen Elizabeth II.

In a radio broadcast the Queen said: "Throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust".

An estimated three million people lined the streets of London to catch a glimpse of the new monarch as she made her way to and from Buckingham Palace in the golden state coach.

The ceremony was watched by millions more around the world as the BBC set up their biggest ever outside broadcast to provide live coverage of the event on radio and television. Street parties were held throughout the UK as people crowded round television sets to watch the ceremony.

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There come to us moments in life when about some things we need no proof from without. A little voice within us tells us, 'You are on the right track, move neither to your left nor right, but keep to the straight and narrow way.

A person falsely claiming to act under divine inspiration or the promptings of the inner voice without having any such, will fare worse than the one falsely claiming to act under the authority of an earthly sovereign. Whereas the latter on being exposed will escape with injury to his body, the former may perish body and soul together.

You have to believe no one but yourselves. You must try to listen to the inner voice, but if you will not have the expression"inner voice", you may use the expression "dictates of reason", which you should obey, and if you will not parade God, I have no doubt you will parade something else which in the end will prove to be God, for, fortunately, there is no one and nothing else but God in this universe.

For me truth is the sovereign principle, which includes numerous other principles. This truth is not only truthfulness in word, but truthfulness in thought also, and not only the relative truth of our conception, but the Absolute Truth, the Eternal Principle, that is God. There are innumerable definitions of God, because His manifestations are innumerable. They overwhelm me with wonder and awe and for a moment stun me.

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