Eternal Values – As Bill Sees It #15

Many people will have no truck at all with absolute spiritual values. Perfectionists, they say, are either full of conceit because they fancy they have reached some impossible goal, or else they are swamped in self-condemnation because they have not done so. Yet I think that we should not hold this view. It is notContinue reading “Eternal Values – As Bill Sees It #15”

Can We Choose – As Bill Sees It #4

We must never be blinded by the futile philosophy that we are just the hapless victims of our inheritance, of our life experience, and of our surroundings — that these are the sole forces that make our decisions for us. This is not the road to freedom. We have to believe that we can reallyContinue reading “Can We Choose – As Bill Sees It #4”

Will Power and Choice – As Bill Sees It #88

We A.A.’s know the futility of trying to break the drinking obsession by will power alone. However, we do know that it takes great willingness to adopt A.A.’s Twelve Steps as a way of life that can restore us to sanity. No matter how grievous the alcohol obsession, we happily find that other vital choicesContinue reading “Will Power and Choice – As Bill Sees It #88”

Resolving Fear – As Bill Sees It #61

Fear somehow touched about every aspect of our lives. It was an evil and corroding thread; the fabric of our existence was shot through with it. It set in motion trains of circumstances which brought us misfortune we felt we didn’t deserve. But did not we often set the ball rolling ourselves? << << <<Continue reading “Resolving Fear – As Bill Sees It #61”

Reaching for Humility – As Bill Sees It #211

We saw we needn’t always be bludgeoned and beaten into humility. It could come quite as much from our voluntary reaching for it as it could from unremitting suffering. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ “We first reach for a little humility, knowing that we shall perish of alcoholism if we do not. After a time, though we may stillContinue reading “Reaching for Humility – As Bill Sees It #211”

Coping With Anger – As Bill Sees It #179

Few people have been more victimized by resentments than have we alcoholics. A burst of temper could spoil a day, and a well-nursed grudge could make us miserably ineffective. Nor were we ever skillful in separating justified from unjustified anger. As we saw it, our wrath was always justified. Anger, that occasional luxury of moreContinue reading “Coping With Anger – As Bill Sees It #179”

The Joy Is in the Journey – Grapevine Article December 1994 by B.J.B.

Eighteen years ago I made a beginning in the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. For nine years I’d hidden literature about AA in my bureau drawer before I finally began to learn what the words in these pamphlets really meant. When I first came into the rooms of AA, I was a bit grandiose. I’d sitContinue reading “The Joy Is in the Journey – Grapevine Article December 1994 by B.J.B.”

The Will to Live – Grapevine Article March 1964 by Marguerite C.

There are days when I’m not happy, but I don’t want to be drunk. IT is a strange, yet comforting, truth that whenever we hit a low period in our life in AA, when we find ourselves depressed for no apparent reason, sooner or later something outside ourselves brings us back up to the oldContinue reading “The Will to Live – Grapevine Article March 1964 by Marguerite C.”

Staying Away From One Defect One Day at a Time – Grapevine Article March 1983 by P.B.

NOW AND THEN, I hear a recovering alcoholic refer to the AA program as a selfish program. I fear that such a statement may hinder rather than help our efforts to stay sober and to find the peace of mind and contentment that, as the Big Book says, each of us can enjoy by workingContinue reading “Staying Away From One Defect One Day at a Time – Grapevine Article March 1983 by P.B.”

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”