MANY OF YOU WILL NOT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THE MANY IMPORTANT HISTORICAL SITES OF THE FELLOWSHIP OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS.

I PLAN TO SHARE WITH YOU PHOTOS I HAVE TAKEN OF THEM AS WELL AS PHOTOS I HAVE TAKEN OF SPECIAL MEETING LOCATIONS THAT I HAVE VISITED.





Friday, 30 December 2016

DEC 30, 16 .. THINK THE DRINK .. PLAY THE TAPE ALL THE WAY THROUGH ..

While in Hong Kong, back in the late autumn of 2014, at the St. Joseph's Church morning meeting, I heard a phenomenal saying:

Before you drink the drink, play the tape all the way through.

Another phrase that dates back many years that coincides with this is:

Think the drink before you drink the drink.

Rhetorical Question : Do you really think, do you really believe, that long timers are NEVER tempted to pickup a drink ?

And yet another amazing spiritual tool:

Always .. Be-On-Guard for the unguarded moment.

Please read on my friends.

I fell in the Dubai airport on November the 25th, 2016. I was able to fly to Hong Kong where a doctor's appointment, complete with an x-ray, on November the 26th confirmed that my left hip was broken. My Hong Kong doctor wanted to operate on me the next morning.

I opted to fly, broken hip and all, back to the Mayo Clinic in Pheonix, Arizona.

In severe pain I boarded a flight from Hong Kong to Seattle Washington on Monday morning, the 28th of November.

Play the tape all the way through before you drink the drink.

I was flying Delta Airlines Business Class. You all know what that means. 

As I looked over the dinner menu, the below words leapt out at me.



I studied the above words. I rolled them around in my mind.

"Lord God in Heaven above! A highball sounds great! I am looking at a 12-hour flight. My broken hip is killing me. I am into my third day since my fall. I am exhausted.  A drink would sure take-the-edge off."

"I NEED a drink before I lose my mind with this pain!"

Play the tape all the way through before you drink the drink. Think the drink before you drink the drink!

"Who would ever know? Besides! What's one drink anyway?"

Play the tape all the way through before you drink the drink. Think the drink before you drink the drink!

Instantly I knew that I certainly would not have just one drink.

I knew one of two things would happen IF I took the first drink.

1. I would get some relief from the nagging pain and would want another drink to get more relief.

2. I would not get any relief so I would want another drink in an attempt to take-the-edge-off the pain.

So I would begin with two drinks.

Play the tape all the way through. Think the drink. The man takes a drink. The drink takes a drink. The drink takes the man! Three drinks and 'Katie bar the door!'

Then would come the third drink. To get more relief or to get some relief.

"I wonder if the flight attendant would bring me a fourth drink?"

"The lady across the aisle is obviously into eating. I can avoid asking the flight attendant for a fourth drink. I could trade the lady across the aisle my dessert in return for her getting me a fourth drink. Then she would probably get me a fifth one." 

"In my exhausted condition I would be blitzed-out-of-my-mind after five drinks." 

"I cannot put any weight on my left leg and can hardly get to the toilet now and I am completely sober. How would I manage to get to the toilet after getting drunk? The flight crew would know I was drunk. That would be very bad indeed."

"I am arriving into Seattle from Hong Kong so I must pass through International Immigration and Customs. If I am blitzed how would I ever make my flight connection for my flight to Phoenix and the Mayo Clinic? I would probably miss my connection with Patti!"

This is why we all continue to keep going to meetings and continue to work the program.

I did NOT take the first drink. 

I got to Phoenix safely and I have had successful hip replacement surgery.

Play the tape all the way through before you drink the drink. 

Think the drink before you drink the drink.

It is a Spiritual Truth that IF one of us can do this, all of us can do this.

Good Luck to you when, and if, you too have a crisis such as I experienced.