Thanks for sharing, Amy. I remember hearing those same suggestions early in sobriety out in Southern California! I swear! Those sponsors must have had some sort of invisible telephone that they use to talk to each other!!!
I also remember, when I was newly sober, of thinking "Where do those A.A.'s come up with these corn-ball suggestions!!!" (Until I saw how difficult it was to do them!!! )
One of the things that I had to change was "sitting around thinking about things."
I would think, and think, and think, and think, and think, and think.... I spent so much time thinking it left very little time to take any actions. And, thinking made me so tired and exhausted I didn't feel like taking actions.
I remember one AA suggesting to me "Dallas, could start taking an action on following one of these suggestions -- each time you start thinking?" My reply? "Well. I think I can. Let me think about it and get back with you!"
Have you ever tried taking an action on a suggestion -- each time you start thinking? It's not easy if you have a head like mine!!! It takes a lot of work and a lot of discipline just to try it!
I can also remember when my thinking could get in the way of making it to meetings. It can still do that, today, if I'm not continuously watching it!
Thinking. That has been one of the biggest problems that I've had to face and had to change. I needed to think less and do more. And, I still do!!!
Littlemiss, congrats on your 7 days!