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Bob G.

Bob G.

  • Highest
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    1983 days
  • Current
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    1983 days
  • Completed 2516 challenges
  • Joined
    Apr 25
    2011

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  • Francine F., Kathleen L., Edupen F., and 6 others smiled at this

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    20180423110645

    peaceful , today is my court date .................haraasment lol . have a blessed day .

    The train was very crowded, so the soldier walked the length of the train in hopes of finding an empty seat.

    The only empty seat was directly adjacent to a well dressed middle aged English lady and was being used by her little dog.

    The weary soldier asked, "Please ma'am, may I sit in that seat?"

    The English woman looked down her nose at the solider and sniffed then said, "You Americans. You are such a rude class of people. Can't you see that my little pooch is using that seat?"

    The soldier walked away, looking if there were any other unoccupied seats to use, but after another trip down to the end of the train, he found himself facing the woman with the dog again.

    Again, the soldier asked, "Please lady. May I sit there? I'm very tired."

    The English woman wrinkled her nose and snorted out loud, "You Americans! Not only are you rude, you are also extremely arrogant!"

    The soldier didn't say anything else; he leaned over, picked up the little dog and tossed it out the window of the train and sat down in the empty seat.

    The Woman, at a loss for words; shrieked, railed and demanded that someone defend her and chastise the soldier.

    An English gentlemen sitting across the aisle spoke up and said, "You know, sir, you Americans do seem to have a penchant for doing the wrong thing. You eat holding the fork in the wrong hand, you drive your autos on the wrong side of the road and now, sir, you've thrown the wrong $@!#% out the window!."


    When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
    --Franklin Delano Roosevelt
    Newcomer

    Initially, I was excited about recovery. I felt better for a while. I hate to say it, but now that I'm not at the beginning any more, everything seems worse. I feel more cynical than ever.
    Sponsor

    What you're experiencing is part of the process of recovery. Many of us go through a "honeymoon" phase in early recovery. Our craving may feel miraculously lifted. Change feels easy, and hope replaces despair.
    Then, life feels difficult again. We may perceive ourselves as having gotten worse, but that's not accurate. What's really happening is that, though our addictive craving has been treated, we still have our old problems, habits, and states of mind. We may be getting through the day, showing up for our work responsibilities, attending meetings, but not having much fun. We may wonder if what we've heard is really true -- that "our worst day in recovery is better than our best day of active addiction." We may wonder whether recovery really is the answer after all.
    Our doubt makes clear to us that we have to do something. Staying where we are is too uncomfortable. We can attend a Step meeting and read program literature to begin to familiarize ourselves with our next Step. For spirits in need of healing, Step work leads to the next phase of recovery.
    Today, I have the courage to move forward in my journey of recovery.

    "Write down 1 word that describes what you want your day to be like"

    April 23, 2018 at 11:06 UTC
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    20180422125308

    Knock Knock
    Who's there?
    Nicholas!
    Nicholas who?
    Knicker less girls shouldn't climb trees.

    easy peasy lol thanks for the E's ♥

    One afternoon in the Arctic, a father polar bear and his polar bear son were sitting in the snow. The cub turned to his father and said: “Dad, am I 100 percent polar bear?”
    “Of course, son” replied the father. “you are 100 percent polar bear”
    A few minutes later the cub turned to his father again and said: “Dad, tell me the truth, I can take it. Am I 100 percent polar bear? No brown bear or black bear or grizzly bear?”
    The father put a loving paw on the son’s head. “Son,” he said “I am 100 percent polar bear, your mother is 100 percent polar bear, so you are definitely 100 percent polar bear.”
    The cub seemed satisfied, but a few minutes later he turned to his father and once more said: “Look, Dad, I don’t want you saying this just to spare my feelings. I have to know: am I 100 percent polar bear?”
    By now the father is becoming distressed by the continual questioning and said: “Why do you keep asking if you are 100 percent polar bear?”
    The cub replied: “Because I’m freezing!!!”


    Misery is optional.

    We may have learned to be miserable, but we can choose to unlearn it. Though we can't control what happens to us, we can determine how we will interpret and react to what happens. We can moan about the things we don't like, using them as excuses for self-pity ("poor me"), or we can implement the Serenity Prayer, accepting what we can't change and changing what we can.

    In the past, we often made ourselves miserable by over-doing things. Now, how often do we continue to invite misery by thinking we ought to be able to control other people? What part do unrealistic expectations play in the creation and continuation of our misery?

    When we're hurting, we need to do something about it. A physical hurt may require a doctor; an emotional pain may call for a therapist or friend, and spiritual distress may indicate the need for more prayer and meditation, closer contact with a Higher Power. We can accept responsibility for our feelings, become willing to go to any lengths to get well, and choose not to be miserable.

    Responding with misery is not on my list of options for today.

    "Get in touch with your silly side! Tell someone a knock-knock joke"

    April 22, 2018 at 12:53 UTC
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  • Betty B., Yvonne S., Sheila S., and 5 others smiled at this

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    20180421130558

    well this ole boy loves to watch the bugs the birds and the snakes while fishing . altho second weekend with no fishing thanks to the incompetence of the body repair shop . I called yesterday and they said they had just started on my truck it would be next week at best ......................needless to say I went down there and gave them wise words ..........................I was asked to leave and he called me an old man to my face , I purposely did not take a gun he was so arrogant and pressed to explain why my truck set there a week before he ordered the parts he could not explain ........................no rental cars or trucks in t town .............geeze and if you rent a truck you can't tow your boat behind it ..................................down hearted in Dixie ...........

    One day, the pilot of a Cherokee 180 was told by the tower to hold short of the active runway while a DC-8 landed. The DC-8 landed, rolled out, turned around, and taxied back past the Cherokee.

    Some quick-witted comedian in the DC-8 crew got on the radio and said, "What a cute little plane. Did you make it all by yourself?"

    The Cherokee pilot, not about to let the insult go by, came back with a real zinger: "I made it out of DC-8 parts. Another landing like yours and I'll have enough parts for a second one."

    Don't sweat the small stuff, and remember, it's all small stuff.

    *****

    Drinking didn't cause my problems, living did.

    *****
    The practicing alcoholic is the only person in the world who can lie in the gutter and still look down on others.
    *****

    AA meetings are the jumper cables God uses to get love flowing from one alcoholic to another.

    "Connect with nature and watch a bug at work, either outdoors or online"

    April 21, 2018 at 13:05 UTC
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    Phyl T. completed a pact with Bob G. and won 345 bonus points April 20, 2018 at 16:30 UTC
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    20180420121613

    oh I think seeing myson make eagle was a super experience , ieven if the ex was there ..................have a blessed day

    Twenty Years Ago A woman awoke during the night to find that her husband was not in bed. She put on her robe and went downstairs. He was sitting at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee in front of him. He appeared to be in deep thought, just staring at the wall. She saw him wipe a tear from his eye and take a sip of his coffee. "What's the matter dear? Why are you down here at this time of night?" she asked. "Do you remember twenty years ago when we were dating and you were only 16?" he asked. "Yes, I do," she replied. "Do you remember when your father caught us in the back seat of my car making out?" "Yes, I remember." "Do you remember when he shoved that shotgun in my face and said, 'Either you marry my daughter or spend twenty years in jail?'" "Yes, I do," she said. He wiped another tear from his cheek and said, "You know...I would have gotten out today."

    Taking Care of Ourselves

    It's healthy, wise, and loving to be considerate and responsive to the feelings and needs of others. That's different from caretaking. Caretaking is a self-defeating and, certainly, a relationship defeating behavior - a behavior that backfires and can cause us to feel resentful and victimized - because ultimately, what we feel, want, and need will come to the surface.

    Some people seem to invite emotional caretaking. We can learn to refuse the invitation. We can be concerned; we can be loving, when possible; but we can place value on our own needs and feelings too. Part of recovery means learning to pay attention to, and place importance on, what we feel, want, and need, because we begin to see that there are clear, predictable, and usually undesirable consequences when we don't.

    Be patient and gentle with yourself as you learn to do this. Be understanding with yourself when you slip back into the old behavior of emotional caretaking and self-neglect.

    But stop the cycle today. We do not have to feel responsible for others. We do not have to feel guilty about not feeling responsible for others. We can even learn to let ourselves feel good about taking responsibility for our needs and feelings.

    Today, I will evaluate whether I've slipped into my old behavior of taking responsibility for another's feelings and needs, while neglecting my own. I will own my power, right, and responsibility to place value on myself

    "Write down 1 word that represents a happy memory"

    April 20, 2018 at 12:16 UTC
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    20180419131945

    I guess i'll go for a walk ........................:( have a blessed day

    A man always wanted to go sky diving but was never able to gather the courage. He goes to the airport and inquires about what is involved in the jump.
    The manager explained the procedure to him: “We are expert chute packers and have never had a failure. We take you up in the plane and tell you when to jump out. You pull the main chute ripcord. It always works but if it doesn’t, you pull the auxiliary chute ripcord. You float softly to the ground and we will meet you in that truck over there.”
    The man decides to go for it. The plane takes off and circles the airfield. He jumps out and after a brief moment of free fall, pulls the mail chute which fails. He pulls the second ripcord and that fails as well. He looks down towards the ground and says, “I bet that damned truck isn’t there either.”



    –AS BILL SEES IT, p. 167

    The identification that one alcoholic has with another is mysterious, spiritual–almost incomprehensible. But it is there. I “feel” it. Today I feel that I can help people and that they can help me.

    It is a new and exciting feeling for me to care for someone; to care what they are feeling, hoping for, praying for; to know their sadness, joy, horror, sorrow, grief; to want to share those feelings so that someone can have relief. I never knew how to do this–or how to try. I never even cared. The Fellowship of A.A., and God, are teaching me how to care about others.

    "Take a 10-minute break today and do something relaxing: read, take a walk, or call a friend"

    April 19, 2018 at 13:19 UTC
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    20180418123543

    I GONNA CALL THE BODY SHOP AND REMIND THEM THAT GOD MADE THE HEAVNS AND THE EARTH IN 7 DAYS AND THEY CANT FIX MY TRUCK IN 10 .............GEEZE ....................

    Our army physical-training program requires us to run two miles every other day in platoon formation. Being somewhat older than the other soldiers, I have trouble running faster than a ten-minute mile.

    During a recent run, I was finding it difficult to complete the two miles without stopping, so I raised my hands high above my head to expand my diaphragm and gain my second wind.

    Suddenly I heard a voice from behind me say, "Forget it, sergeant, we don't take prisoners."

    –AS BILL SEES IT, p. 17

    When I was drinking, I deceived myself about reality, rewriting it to what I wanted it to be. Deceiving others is a character defect–even if it is just stretching the truth a bit or cleaning up my motives so others would think well of me. My Higher Power can remove this character defect, but first I have to help myself become willing to receive that help by not practicing deception. I need to remember each day that deceiving myself about myself is setting myself up for failure or disappointment in life and in Alcoholics Anonymous. A close, honest relationship with a Higher Power is the only solid foundation I’ve found for honesty with self and with others.

    "Find out something new about a neighbor, acquaintance, or local business owner"

    April 18, 2018 at 12:35 UTC
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