Complete Security? – As Bill Sees It #112

Upon entering A.A., the spectacle of years of waste threw us into panic. Financial importance was no longer our principal aim; we now clamored for material security. Even when we re-established in our business, terrible fears often continued to haunt us. This made us misers and penny-pinchers all over again. Complete financial security we mustContinue reading “Complete Security? – As Bill Sees It #112”

Antidote For Fear – As Bill Sees It #196

When our failings generate fear, we then have soul-sickness. This sickness, in turn, generates still more character defects. Unreasonable fear that our instincts will not be satisfied drives us to covet the possessions of others, to lust for sex and power, to become angry when our instinctive demands are threatened, to be envious when theContinue reading “Antidote For Fear – As Bill Sees It #196”

Trouble: Constructive or Destructive – As Bill Sees It #110

“There was a time when we ignored trouble, hoping it would go away. Or, in fear and in depression, we ran from it, but found it was still with us. Often, full of unreason, bitterness, and blame, we fought back. These mistaken attitudes, powered by alcohol, guaranteed our destruction, unless they were altered. “Then cameContinue reading “Trouble: Constructive or Destructive – As Bill Sees It #110”

Down To Earth – As Bill Sees It #178

Those of us who have spent much time in the world of spiritual make-believe have eventually seen the childishness of it. This dream world has been replaced by a great sense of purpose, accompanied by a growing consciousness of the power of God in our lives. We have come to believe He would like usContinue reading “Down To Earth – As Bill Sees It #178”

A Mighty Beginning – As Bill Sees It #298

Even the newest of newcomers find undreamed rewards as he tries to help his brother alcoholic, the one who is even blinder than he. This is indeed the kind of giving that actually demands nothing. He does not expect his brother sufferer to pay him, or even to love him. And then he discovers thatContinue reading “A Mighty Beginning – As Bill Sees It #298”

Self-Confidence and Will Power – As Bill Sees It #42

When we were first challenged to admit defeat, most of us revolted. We had approached A.A. expecting to be taught self-confidence. Then we had been told so far as alcohol was concerned, self-confidence was no good whatever; in fact, it was a total liability. There was no such thing as personal conquest of the alcoholicContinue reading “Self-Confidence and Will Power – As Bill Sees It #42”

The Great Fact – As Bill Sees It #331

We realize we know only a little. God will constantly disclose more to you and to us. Ask Him in your morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick. The answers will come, if your own house is in order.But obviously you cannot transmit something you haven’t got.Continue reading “The Great Fact – As Bill Sees It #331”

Humility Brings Hope – As Bill Sees It #325

Now that we no longer patronize bars and bordellos, now that we bring home the pay checks, now that we are so very active in A.A., and now that people congratulate us on these signs of progress — well, we naturally proceed to congratulate ourselves. Of course, we are not yet within hailing distance ofContinue reading “Humility Brings Hope – As Bill Sees It #325”

Personality Change – Grapevine Article February 1972 by D.B.

Alcoholic patterns give way to new qualities of behavior IN THE BOOK As Bill Sees It—the AA Way of Life, it is stated, “. . .no true alky ever stops drinking permanently without undergoing a profound personality change.” This statement has frequently puzzled me. Recently, at discussion meetings, I have been led to believe that othersContinue reading “Personality Change – Grapevine Article February 1972 by D.B.”

We Need Outside Help – As Bill Sees It #248

It was evident that a solitary self-appraisal, and the admission of our defects based upon that alone, wouldn’t be nearly enough. We’d have to have outside help if we were surely to know and admit the truth about ourselves–the help of God and of another human being. Only by discussing ourselves, holding back nothing, onlyContinue reading “We Need Outside Help – As Bill Sees It #248”