Humility for Today – Grapevine June 1961

There can be no absolute humility for us humans . At best , we can only glimpse the meaning and splendor of such a perfect ideal . As the book Alcoholics Anonymous says : “ We are not saints . . . we claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection . ” Only God himselfContinue reading “Humility for Today – Grapevine June 1961”

12& 12 Step 5 – pgs 52-55

A.A . experience has taught us we cannot live alone with our pressing problems and the character defects which cause or aggravate them . If we have swept the searchlight of Step Four back and forth over our careers , and it has revealed in stark relief those experiences we’d rather not remember , ifContinue reading “12& 12 Step 5 – pgs 52-55”

Bill’s Story Self Knowledge – BB pgs 7,8

It relieved me somewhat to learn that in alcoholics the will is amazingly weakened when it comes to combating liquor, though it often remains strong in other respects. My incredible behavior in the face of a desperate desire to stop was explained. Understanding myself now, I fared forth in high hope. For three or fourContinue reading “Bill’s Story Self Knowledge – BB pgs 7,8”

The Next Frontier: Emotional Sobriety – Grapevine Article January 1958 by Bill W

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 Article January 1958 by Bill W”

What Is Acceptance? – Grapevine Article March 1962 By Bill W

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? – Grapevine Article March 1962 By Bill W”