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Friday, 31 December, 2010

Friday, 31 December, 2010

At the close of the year, we constructively review our year.

When year's end comes, many of us draw up a balance sheet for the year. This is a good place to remember that inventory-taking is not always done in red ink. It's a poor year indeed when we haven't done something right. As a matter of fact, the course of the year is usually well-filled with things that are constructive. Good intentions, good thoughts, and good acts are there for us to see.

An honest regret for harms done, a genuine gratitude for blessings received, and a willingness to try for better things in the coming year ... will be the permanent assets we shall seek.

But we must be careful not to drift into worry, remorse or morbid reflection, for that would diminish our usefulness to others.

Even when we have tried hard and failed, we may chalk that up as one of the greatest credits of all. Under these conditions, the pains of failure are converted into assets. Out of them we receive the stimulation we need to go forward.

Having so considered our year, not omitting to take due note of things well done, and having searched our hearts with neither fear nor favor ... we can truly thank Higher Power for the blessings we have received -- and release the outgoing year in good conscience.

--- Adapted/rearranged from the AA writings on reviewing one's day:

  • Big Book of AA,
    Step 11, page 86, "When we retire at night".
  • Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of AA,
    Step 10, page 93-95, "When evening comes".

NOTE ... I changed the wording to indicate:

  • "year" or "course of the year" ... instead of "day" or "waking hours"
  • "year's end" or "close of the year" ... instead of "evening" or "night"
  • "release the outgoing year" ... instead of "go to sleep"
  • "the coming year" ... instead of "tomorrow"

Ian's list & renewal, 12.31

@movingalong - thanks for the topic-starter reading! 




  • call 1 - sponsor
  • morning prayer
  • meditation
  • journaling
  • daily renewal
  • readings
  • call 2
  • call 3
  • exercise
  • meeting



  • client #2: review new architecture
  • client #2: review old architecture - Texas
  • client #2: inventory - existing Texas content
  • client #2: relationship between "Where" and "What" sections (regional stuff in which section? define connective tissue?)
  • client #2: proposed inventory/audit for new section



  • buy gift for brother
  • cook NYE dinner for my wife



  • I'm powerless over my "pain body" (, which says I'm okay only through the good opinion of others, especially in regards to my professional abilities.
  • I can't manage my life. I quit. I'm out of management.
  • I want to be sober today. This is what sobriety looks like, as best as I can see it today:
    • Inner Circle behaviors (bottom lines, abstinence requirements):
      • sleeping to avoid work/reality
      • using my sexuality to avoid work/reality
      • working without a clear plan -- a prioritized to-do list, a time-boxed calendar
      • working outside the PA Chatbox -- e.g., failing to bookend each task
      • staying in vague, unstructured time during business hours
      • impulsive decisions about what to do, or work on, during business hours
      • perfectionism: seeking immunity from disapproval/judgment via a strategy of producing nothing until I feel total mastery over the subject, and then chipping away at a deliverable until I'm certain it is unassailably perfect. I'm not sober if I'm exceeding my time estimates more than 3x-4x.
    • Middle Circle (gray area; potentially signs of decline in spiritual condition)
      • working without a timer and without recording hours
      • working without trying to estimate how much time a task will take
      • working without trying to define scope of a task/project
      • Isolating
    • Outer Circle / top lines:
      • 3 phone calls a day
      • daily prayer
      • daily meditation
      • 5 minutes stepwork each day
      • 3 Meetings / week
      • regular exercise
      • Doing whatever's necessary for me to experience my work process as one of choice and freedom.
  • Only higher power can keep me sober, but I need others to connect to higher power — and other people can help me see things I won't otherwise see, and can help me be accountable.
  • this is just for today; tomorrow I can go another way if I so choose.
  • I turn my will and my life over to walking whatever path the truth — the dharma — reveals to me.
  • In the 24 hours ahead: I intend to write quick spot inventories if/when fear and anxiety arise, then turn them to another person and to HP.

Vic 12/31

Show up (done)

So grateful for not shutting down in the mist of a meltdown.remarkable ending.

Lost phone and searched all until 2pm, walked and prayed, then said Jesus, if you are there, I will believe it if I find my phone, 30 seconds later I found my phone, but somehow it was too profound to absorb.

Then I picked up husband and son at airport, and got at the passager pick up terminal exactly when they came out (Newark airport is pretty big) and even my husband said, this had to be a miracle with the timing.And the timing was based on the lost phone and prayer, etc.I pray I remember to stay close to my HP.

Happy New Year to All


tracy-la check in

Happy New Year's Eve Everyone,


Quote for day:

Finish each day and be done with it. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well.
  —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Two pf the most useless phrases in the English language are "what if" and
"if only." We waste so much time and energy thinking about what we might
have done and wishing we had acted or reacted differently. We imagine
how things might have turned out "if only . . ."

All of us make mistakes. To go back and wonder and wish about our
yesterdays prevents us from living fully today. Each day is a fresh
chance; a new beginning. We can only squeeze what we can out of the
moment and let the drops fall where they may. Some will evaporate and
some will form rainbows.

Can I forget about yesterday and start a fresh new day?

 Adding a smiley face for each 1/2 hour I do on my projects.

Project C: 9:40-  SmileSmileSmile

Project V: SmileSmile

Social things: SmileSmileSmileSmile


egfraz Check-in


Fold Clothes

Sort Clothes

Prep for Day

Article 1
Article 2
Article 3
Apply for one WCJ
Article 4
Article 5
Apply for one TWJ
Take out trash
Sort Papers
Clean Desk
Article 6
Read for FM Article (1 source)
Print CRF

Make Bed

My Day Today

I want to thank my Higher Power for this program, this website, the telephone and online meetings and my life.

I want to thank movingalong for starting this trend.

Things I have done today

1. Went to the 7 a.m. telephone DA meeting

2. Went to the 8:30 a.m. telephone CLA meeting

3. Went to the 9:45 a.m. telephone CLA meeting

4. Went to the 10:30 a.m. PA Check-in

Things I will do today

1. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

2. Test my blood sugar twice

3. Send out Al-Anon literature for today

4. Eat brunch

5. Cook and eat dinner

6. Declutter 1,000 e-mail

7. Post Al-Anon literature for next week

8. Take shower

9. Get dressed

10. Go to the 1 p.m. telephone CLA meeting

11. Go to the 3:30 p.m. telelphone PA Check-in

12. Get my mail

13. Make bed

14. Wash dishes

15. Go to the 8 p.m. telephone CLA meeting.

17. Go to the 10 p.m. telephone DA meeting

18. Clear couch

19. Clear tables

20. Clear floor

Thanks for letting me share

Journey 9 am

Good morning to the last day of 2010!  I am working from home today because downtown Atlanta is a freak show with the football game and New Year's Eve celebrations at the hotels in midtown.   I'm still struggling with some minor health issues and if I'm not completely back to normal, or what passes for normal around here, I'm going to the doctor!  I'm kind of expecting to feel better on my own after the holiday stress is gone for a while. 

I was not very productive either Wednesday or yesterday, but yesterday was somewhat better and I got a good bit done after I finally woke up at lunchtime.  Today, I have one major thing to get done for work, and I need to pay some bills and make my budget for January.   I also better figure out something to make for dinner since I won't be out to pick up dinner.   Maybe I'll make breakfast for dinner since I do have bacon and eggs and stuff.      Anyway, I am rambling and I'm going now to make my todo list and schedule for the day. 


Never have an ordinary day!  - Pepperidge Farm (lol)

Rexroth Check In

Thank you movingalong for starting today's thread with such helpful words. I've had a night of disturbed sleep and nightmares which was my mind processing some difficult experiences from the year.

Up - prayer and reflection

Washup and tidy up
Reflection on year past and year to come
Study French
Tidying up admin
Prepare list of financial assets and liabilities
Deal with emails and post
Contact people to wish Happy New Year

Regards Rexroth

Rexroth Update

All of above

Put on washing machine
Rest, think, plan and pray

Regards Rexroth

Rexroth Check Out

Night Folks and a Happy New Year