Pain and Progress – Meditation #3 As Bill Sees It

Years ago I used to commiserate with all people who suffered. Now I commiserate with only those who suffer in ignorance, who do not understand the purpose and the ultimate utility of pain (Letter 1950) Someone once remarked that pain is the touchstone of spiritual progress. How heartily we AA’s can agree with him, forContinue reading “Pain and Progress – Meditation #3 As Bill Sees It”

Gratitude Should Go Forward – As Bill Sees It – page 29

“ Gratitude should go forward , rather than backward . “ In other words , if you carry the message to still others , you will be making the best possible repayment for the help given to you . ” ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ › › › › › › No satisfaction hasContinue reading “Gratitude Should Go Forward – As Bill Sees It – page 29”

Virtue & Self Deception – 205

I used to take comfort from an exaggerated belief in my own honesty. My New England kinfolk had taught me the sanctity of all business commitments and contracts, saying, “A man’s word is his bond.” After this rigorous conditioning, business honesty always came easy; I never flimflammed anyone. However, this small fragment of readily wonContinue reading “Virtue & Self Deception – 205”

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”