Okanogan-Valley-Winter-Roundup Annual January Fellowship Weekend of AA Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon and Alateen in Omak, WA since 1999

We had a great time on January 27 & 28, 2017

and want to thank
everyone who came
everyone who volunteered
El Paraiso Restaurant Catering
our rockin' Mystery Entertainers
Recovery Comedian Bob Perkell

and our 2017 Speakers
AA Speaker Andrea A. from Larkspur, Colorado
Al-Anon Speaker Judy A. from Vernon, BC
and AA Speaker Chad P. from Austin, Texas

Appreciation, also, to Great Events Recording for creating speaker cd sets on site.

We hope to see you next January for our 20th annual Winter Roundup. YOU are invited to help plan for 2018. Please contact a 2017 committee member if you have an interest.

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"We are sure God wants us to be happy, joyous, and free. We cannot subscribe to the belief that this life is a vale of tears, though it once was just that for many of us." ~ Big Book, page 133

more on our 2017 theme

"The joy of good living" is the theme of A.A.’s Twelfth Step. In many references, the founders and authors emphasized that a sane and useful recovery was an example to beginners. They also discussed many ways the family might interact and treat each other—healing for families was clearly a priority. In the A.A. Basic Text:

On page 133 “We are sure God wants us to be happy, joyous, and free. We cannot subscribe to the belief that this life is a vale of tears, though it once was just that for many of us. But it is clear that we made our own misery. God didn’t do it. Avoid then, the deliberate manufacture of misery, but if trouble comes, cheerfully capitalize it as an opportunity to demonstrate His omnipotence.

On page 132 “But we aren’t a glum lot. If newcomers could see no joy or fun in our existence, they wouldn’t want it. We absolutely insist on enjoying life.”

On page 128-129 “We have indulged in spiritual intoxication. Like a gaunt prospector, belt drawn in over the last ounce of food, our pick struck gold. Joy at our release from a lifetime of frustration knew no bounds. Father (newcomer) feels he has struck something better than gold… he has barely scratched the limitless lode which will pay dividends only if he mines it for the rest of his life and insists on giving away the entire product.”

On page 130, The Family Afterward— “We have found nothing incompatible between a powerful spiritual experience and a life of sane and happy usefulness.”

On page 163-164, A Vision For You— “When a few men in this city have found themselves, and have discovered the joy of helping others to face life again, there will be no stopping until everyone in that town has had his opportunity to recover—if he can and will.”

On page 15, Bill’s Story— “The joy of living we really have, even under pressure and difficulty. I have seen hundreds of families set their feet in the path that really goes somewhere… there is scarcely any form of trouble and misery which has not been overcome among us.”

On page 17, There Is A Solution— “Unlike the feelings of the ship’s passengers, however, our joy in escape from disaster does not subside as we go our individual ways.”

On page 62, How It Works— “Most good ideas are simple, and this concept was the keystone of the new and triumphant arch through which we passed to freedom.”

On page 160, A Vision For You— “Many a man, yet dazed from his hospital experience, has stepped over the threshold of that home into freedom.”

in the Foreword to Second Edition— “Yet it is our great hope that all those who have as yet found no answer may begin to find one in the pages of this book and will presently join us on the high road to a new freedom.”

On page 83, Into Action— “We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.”

This information assures us that knowing happiness, joy, and freedom happens as a result of living this new way of life (if I follow all the instructions) and that this is a great example to newcomers of what a spiritual way of living gives us. We cannot keep this joy unless we also give it away. Recovery must be worked for but the feelings of happiness, joyfulness, and freedom are gifts that we cannot demand or even expect.

this passage borrowed with gratitude from 12 Step Recovery Musings at www.DailyReprieveCenter.com




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