Unconditional Acceptance – BB pg 98

“It is not the matter of giving that is in question, but when and how to give. That often makes the difference between failure and success. The minute we put our work on a service plane, the alcoholic commences to rely upon our assistance rather than upon God. He clamors for this or that, claimingContinue reading “Unconditional Acceptance – BB pg 98”

The Next Frontier: Emotional Sobriety Grapevine 1958

This article is the substance of a letter Bill wrote to a close friend who also had troublesome depressions. I think that many oldsters who have put our AA “ booze cure ” to severe but successful tests still find they often lack emotional sobriety. Perhaps they will be the spearhead for the next majorContinue reading “The Next Frontier: Emotional Sobriety Grapevine 1958”

Jaywalker Story – BB p37…43

Our behavior is as absurd and incomprehensible with respect to the first drink as that of an individual with a passion, say, for jay-walking. He gets a thrill out of skipping in front of fast-moving vehicles. He enjoys himself for a few years in spite of friendly warnings. Up to this point you would labelContinue reading “Jaywalker Story – BB p37…43”

“Avoid the deliberate mfg of misery” Big Book 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 manufactureContinue reading ““Avoid the deliberate mfg of misery” Big Book Page 133″

Perfect Humility As Bill Sees It – 106

For myself, I try to seek out the truest definition of humility that I can. This will not be the perfect definition, because I shall always be imperfect. At this writing, I would choose one like this: “Absolute humility would consist of a state of complete freedom from myself, freedom from all the claims thatContinue reading “Perfect Humility As Bill Sees It – 106”

This Matter of Honesty – Aug 1961

The problem of honesty touches nearly every aspect of our lives . There are , for example , the widespread and amazing phenomena of self – deception . There are those rather dreadful brands of reckless truth – telling , which are so often lacking in prudence and love . Then there are those countlessContinue reading “This Matter of Honesty – Aug 1961”

What Is Acceptance? March 1962

One way to get at the meaning of the principle of acceptance is to meditate upon it in the context of AA’s much used prayer , “ God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change , courage to change the things I can , and the wisdom to know the differenceContinue reading “What Is Acceptance? March 1962”