Saturday, March 28, 2015

“We are not a glum lot…”

One of the things that often amazes a newcomer to the halls of Alcoholics Anonymous is the amount of laughter that is present. It is definitely true...we are not a glum lot.

We know we are fighting a deadly that will kill us if we are not diligent. However, laughter is our saving grace. It allows us to laugh at ourselves, to face our fears and our misdeeds and to put our lives and our past into perspective. A type of “gallows humor” I guess. Anyway, I thought that you might enjoy some of the funny quips and jokes that abound in AA.

Here’s a sampling:

* I would rather go through life sober, believing I am an alcoholic, than go through life drunk…trying to convince myself that I am not.

* The bluebird of happiness is not another swallow.”

* Overheard at a funeral service: “Poor boy, he tried everything to stop drinking but he never could.” “Did he try AA?” “Oh, my, no…he never got that bad.”

* The 12 Steps are like 12 wrenches…they will fit any nut who walks through the door.

* If you’re wrapped up in self you make a very small package.

* The discussion topic was “half measures avail us nothing” and one member was listing all the reservations he had about the AA program and sobriety. An old-timer piped up and said, “with that many reservations you are bound to take flight. soon”

* A warning to newcomers in AA: “If you’re looking for a relationship in AA odds are good you’ll find one. But beware…it often follows that the goods will be odd.”

* An alcoholic is an individual who takes the most simple program and works on it until he has eventually reduced it to its most complicated form.


Blogger possum said...

Oh they are GOOD!
I have seen some good AA slogans on bumper stickers around here - but they apply to everyone...
Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes.
It Works if You Work IT!
Isn't this true of life?????

4:26 AM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

My fave of the lot: Overheard at a funeral service: “Poor boy, he tried everything to stop drinking but he never could.” “Did he try AA?” “Oh, my, no…he never got that bad.”

6:22 AM  
Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

Enjoyed those. I never went to meetings but leaned heavily on an AA member. It reminds me of my cancer support group. People often stop at our table and tell us we are having way too much fun. Laughter is a powerful tool.
Do you ever watch Mom which is about an alcoholic mother and daughter. It is one of the only TV shows that I laugh out loud at. I think recovering alcoholics laugh the loudest at that show.

9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds familiar. I read them to an alcoholic I know.

1:22 PM  
Blogger troutbirder said...

Indeed my brother in law is 25 years sober...:)

7:03 PM  
Blogger Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Humor is indeed good for many situations.

6:51 PM  

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