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”

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”

This Matter of Fear – January 1962

As the AA Book says, “ Fear is an evil, corroding thread; the fabric of our lives is shot through with it. ”  Fear is surely a bar to reason, and to love, and of course it invariably powers anger, vainglory, and aggression. It underlies maudlin guilt and paralyzing depression. President Roosevelt once made theContinue reading “This Matter of Fear – January 1962”