Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning Saturday October 24th

The universal human yearning (is) for something permanent, enduring, without shadow of change   —Willa Cather The specter of change builds dread in most of us. We fear the effects on our personal lives. We lack faith that the impending change will benefit us. Only time can assure us of that. And it will, justContinue reading “Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning Saturday October 24th”

Daily Reflection – September 19th “Each Day A New Beginning”

…concern should drive us into action and not into depression.  —Karen Horney The role of victim is all too familiar to many of us. Life did us injustices – we thought. And we passively waited for circumstances to change. With the bottle we waited, or maybe the little white pills. Nothing was our fault. ThatContinue reading “Daily Reflection – September 19th “Each Day A New Beginning””

Daily Reflection September 12th – Each Day A New Beginning

No person is your enemy, no person is your friend, and every person is your teacher.—Florence Scovel Shinn We can open ourselves to opportunities today. They abound in our lives. No circumstance we find ourselves in is detrimental to our progress. No relationship with someone at work or at home is superfluous to our development.Continue reading “Daily Reflection September 12th – Each Day A New Beginning”

Pain-Killer or Pain-Healer – As Bill Sees It Meditation #291

“I believe that when we were active alcoholics we drank mostly to kill pain of one kind or another—physical or emotional or psychic. Of course, everybody has a cracking point, and I suppose you reached yours—hence, the resort once more to the bottle. “If I were you, I wouldn’t heap devastating blame on myself forContinue reading “Pain-Killer or Pain-Healer – As Bill Sees It Meditation #291”

Happiness Overrated? – Grapevine Article August 2006 Jim W

I sometimes find myself irritable, restless, discontented, or depressed for no apparent reason at all. Today, in my recovery, it usually doesn’t take long before I suffer from ill attitudes or behaviors directly linked to what I describe as being disconnected, or in a stagnant spiritual pool. At this point, I usually launch a personalContinue reading “Happiness Overrated? – Grapevine Article August 2006 Jim W”

Spiritual Agony – Grapevine Article February 2001 by Holly H also published in AA Grapevine Book entitled ‘Emotional Sobriety’

MAKING AN AMENDS to the murderer of a precious friend was the most terrifying prospect — next to taking another drink — that I have faced in sobriety . But it also turned out to be the most liberating action I have ever taken sober and the opportunity for which I am most grateful .Continue reading “Spiritual Agony – Grapevine Article February 2001 by Holly H also published in AA Grapevine Book entitled ‘Emotional Sobriety’”

Suffering Transmuted & Giving Thanks – As Bill Sees It Meditations 35 & 266

“A.A. is no success story in the ordinary sense of the word. It is a story of suffering transmuted, under grace, into spiritual progress.”   1. LETTER, 1959 ‹‹ ‹‹ ‹‹ ›› ›› ›› For Dr. Bob, the insatiable craving for alcohol was evidently a physical phenomenon which bedeviled several of his first years in A.A.,Continue reading “Suffering Transmuted & Giving Thanks – As Bill Sees It Meditations 35 & 266”

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”