Friday, May 31, 2019


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 … 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 soon take flight.”

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

And one of my favorites: We didn’t get to AA by singing too loud in church.”


Blogger Marie Smith said...

These show gallows humour indeed. I think they are great.

5:57 PM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

I don’t see it side of AA shown on tv.

6:59 PM  
Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

Love the giggles. My favorite show "Mom" also provides the gallows humor.

6:33 AM  
Blogger Beatrice P. Boyd said...

It’s been said that we all need to laugh at ourselves and apparently that includes AA members too.

5:12 AM  

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