Open Minded Summer Picnic 2023
Sunday – August 27, 2023 – 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Wildwood Metro Park
5100 Central Ave
Toledo, OH 43615
Come join us for food, fellowship, and fun. This is a great way to meet new people in A.A, especially if you are a newcomer. We will have hot dogs and hamburgers, pop, coffee, and water…please bring a dish to share if you can. Family friendly. 50/50 Raffle. Outdoor Games. Jam session, musicians are welcome. Cheap prizes for the first two attendees! Don’t forget to bring insect repellent (#ad) and sun screen. Be sure to set aside this date to join us for our Summer Picnic.
“Self-pity is one of the most unhappy and consuming defects that we know. It is a bar to all spiritual progress and can cut off all effective communication with our fellows because of its inordinate demands for attention and sympathy. It is a maudlin form of martyrdom, which we can ill afford. “The remedy? Well, let’s have a hard look at ourselves, and a still harder one at A.A.’s Twelve Steps to recovery. When we see how many of our fellow A.A.’s have used the Steps to transcend great pain and adversity, we shall be inspired to try these life-giving principles for ourselves.”
When Defects Are Less Than Deadly
Practically everybody wishes to be rid of his most glaring and destructive handicaps. No one wants to be so proud that he is scorned as a braggart, nor so greedy that he is labeled a thief. No one wants to be angry enough to murder, lustful enough to rape, gluttonous enough to ruin his health. No one wants to be agonized by chronic envy or paralyzed by sloth. Of course, most human beings don’t suffer these defects at these rock-bottom levels, and we who have escaped such extremes are apt to congratulate ourselves. Yet can we? After all, hasn’t it been self-interest that has enabled most of us to escape? Not much spiritual effort is involved in avoiding excesses which will bring us punishment anyway. But when we face up to the less violent aspects of these very same defects, where do we stand then?
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