The joy of living we really have, under pressure and difficulty. ~ Bill W., pg. 15 This paragraph outlines how the AA Promises came true for Bill W. along his path of recovery. The more he and his wife worked with others, the more the AA fellowship grew up around them. Making “fast friends” is… Read More The Promises for Bill W.
…but soon I found that when all other measures failed, work with another alcoholic would save the day. ~ Bill W., pg. 15. I can’t even attempt to overstate how hard the first few weeks of sobriety is. For most of us, we had been practicing this disease for many years even long before we… Read More All Other Measures
I was not too well at the time, and was plagued by by waves of self-pity and resentment. ~ Bill W., pg. 15. Early on in sobriety, we will have troubles with physical withdrawal. For some of us, we will have cravings or worse, the D.T.’s. (tremors). It may require medical intervention or hospitalization. We… Read More Early Sobriety
If he did not work, he would surely drink, and if he drank, he would surely die. ~ Bill W., pg. 15. The big if in this program is if we work for the 12 promises of AA, they will surely come to be in our lives; sometimes quickly and sometimes slowly. I always have… Read More A Big If
For, if an alcoholic failed to perfect and enlarge his spiritual life work with and self-sacrifice for others, he could not survive the certain trials and low spots ahead. ~ Bill W., pg. 15. I am mourning the loss of a dear friend. I had never met him, but we found each other and maintained… Read More Low Spots
Particularly was it imperative to work with others as he had worked with me. Faith without works was dead he said. ~ Bill W., pg. 14. The last part of this quote comes from St. James epistle. Once we have been given the chance in a lifetime to be sober and walk as an equal… Read More Work with Others
My friend emphasized the absolute necessity of demonstrating these principles in all my affairs. ~ Bill W., pg. 14. Much like the fact that none of us woke up one day and decided to become alcoholics, we also do not just do recovery one day a week or only at AA meetings. We are either… Read More In all of Our Affairs
While I lay in the hospital the thought came that there were thousands of hopeless alcoholics who might be glad to have what had been freely given me. ~ Bill W., pg. 14 This is the first notion of Step #12 for Bill W. He got sober, then he immediately thought perhaps he could help… Read More Step #12 for Bill W.
“Something has happened to you I don’t understand. But you had better hang on to it.” ~ Bill W., pg. 14. We are all walking miracles in this program of recovery. Nothing that has happened to us in sobriety can be explained or understood in common language or thought. Whatever happened to us is a… Read More The Unexplained
There was utter confidence. I felt lifted up, as though a great clean wind of a mountain top blew through and through. ~ Bill W., pg. 14. For Bill W., the desire to drink was washed from his being in a sudden and profound way. He no longer struggled with the desire to drink from that… Read More Utter Confidence