Pass it On

I’ll never forget the first time I met Bill Wilson.
I was a couple of months sober and so excited, so thrilled to meet the co-founder
that I gushed all over him with what my sobriety meant to me and my undying gratitude for his starting AA. When I ran down, he took his hand in mine and said simply, “Pass it on.” (‘Pass It On’, preface)

Thought to Ponder . . .
Gratitude is not a word in AA; it’s an action.

Photo Courtesy of Rocky
Photo Courtesy of Rocky



12 thoughts on “Pass it On

  1. December 15
    Grapevine Quote

    “More than a million of us who suffer from the disease of alcoholism have found not just the ability to live with or survive this insidious disease, but a joyful way of life as new as this morning and as old as mankind. We can gain sobriety, aspire to serenity, at no greater price than caring for our fellow sufferers and sharing with them what has been freely given to us. We can experience the true joy of love that we once tried to destroy by not giving it away, and we can learn the truth that the more we give away, the more we will have.”
    Brick Town, N.J., January 1977
    “Because One Man Was Lonely,”
    AA Grapevine

    🙂 🙂

    • I watched a movie on HBO a few days ago which was rated R and that should have been an adequate warning for my limited experience in watching movies of this rating has been general disgust and distaste. This one didn’t come up short in that respect for it was filled with F bombs and offers of disgusting sexual liaisons but think goodness it had no G..D..’s.

      Somehow the movie otherwise caught my fancy and in anticipation of something big coming out of it on the way I stuck with it to the end and sure enough there was a magnificent bit of wisdom concerning relationships that came to light when the lady star had to bury her father and the male star through fear and doubt elected not to go to the funeral.

      A little time passed and they came to a confrontation and she emotionally and full of tears declared to him that, “You weren’t there for me. – That’s what relationships are all about, they’re about being there for each other”.

      A little more time passed and he made a dramatic appeal to her which expressed complete understanding of this principle and then we are to assume that they lived happily…………..

      My friend Leo told me, “Harry, wherever you are God is”.

      Is wherever God is Harry is, too much of a stretch?

      • Don’t think so at all; that’s the Great Joy. He is; now what all of us decide to do about that Great Fact…now that’s a whole ‘nother kettle of fish.
        Thanks for the reminder, Doc.

      • I believe God is everywhere. But I believe accepting Him is another story! I watched the same movie on demand the other night, “That Awkward Moment.” I really dug that line about relationships though… 🙂

      • You’re a bombastic, egomaniacal, pompous fucking dick. There’s more violence and horror in your good book, which you opened with shaking hands, than the worst movie ever made. There’s more twisted psychobabble in your big book, than the worst Cosmo article. Your hypocrisy knows no bounds. JMHO. Delete now, Sister. (Grin)

        • Just a little FYI Al(your email and ip(Jersey)has been reported)Your OPINION is welcome, but NOT in which you choose to utilize your language. NO PROFANITY…..thank you alis1.

  2. If sometimes there seems to be a shadow on your life and you feel out of sorts, remember that this is not the withdrawal of God’s presence, but only your own temporary unwillingness to realize it.

    Good Morning, this 24, aa readers and sharers. I liked the part of the share pass it on.
    Sometimes I have problems doing that as I get in the shadow of those dark days and my self feels out of sorts. This share reminds me I need to get out of myself by passing my experience, strength, & hope on, but not to tell people how to do aa. Still work in progress in this program. ☆

  3. I watched a 60 Minutes piece last night on mindfulness, the premise of which is gratitude. The mindfulness guru said something that stuck: when you awaken in the morning, you’ve made it another day. Don’t mentally go to your meeting, your to do list, just be aware and grateful you’ve made it another day. You guys taught me that years ago, for that I’m very grateful. But I could still use some practice.

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