The Power

I love “Bill’s Story” it has in it all the twelve Steps of A.A., which begins on page 12. But to fully understand how Bill arrived at what later became the Steps, I need to read the full chapter, from page 1 to page 16, for it was his own experiences that he wrote from, and in his story is the story of A.A. It talks of his “incomprehensible demoralization” and his journey to recovery, which began later, with a simple conversation; a language of the heart, between himself and another man, our co-founder Dr. Bob. The simplicity of such a beginning to what A.A. is today is truly a spiritual excursion.

My disease was not something that I could fathom. I only had to open my eyes and my heart. All the love and joy I had searched for was right there. I opened the Big Book, and it opened a world for me and has brought me the happiness I never believed I deserved. That brought me to a place where I could love others – without reservation or question. I know today that I love A.A., I love my family and friends, and now, I can finally say I love me. I am grateful to Bill W. and to Dr. Bob for their giving hearts, their work on the Program of A.A., and the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. Note: I encourage each and everyone of you to read “Bill’s Story” in the Big Book, it will revive your recovery and remind us all of how truly blessed we are.
SPECIAL WELCOME BACK to Tom S. And ALBERT…you are missed!!!


3 thoughts on “The Power

  1. In our beautiful fellowship we often hear someone say, “I am not a slow learner, I am a fast forgetter”. It’s genetic; it’s built into us to quickly forget our hardships yet remember our triumphs, how large and not so large victories, the pleasure of things accomplished, the blessings showered upon us whether we asked for them or not,………… It’s called euphoric recall. It’s genetic. Its built-in. It’s one of the cardinal virtues.
    One of the everlasting beauties of delving into our wisdom letter to your our stories after stories of people coming to desperation and in our honesty rooms where we share our experience, our strength, our hope are living examples and tales of desperation, somehow finding a new spirit and coming to a lovely and loving life.

    One of my cyber friends of several years brings us this story:

    I Will Find You
    Moses told them, “This is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.” (Exodus 16:15)

    The wise remind us: money and wealth do not bring happiness. Some days we listen and know this to be true. Then our true treasure shines brighter than gold and we see in new light.
    The Jewish people had lived in Egypt for generations. This was the only home they knew. Crossing the desert behind bumbling leaders, they felt anger and regret. The harshness of captivity faded and now all that mattered was food, water, and a place to sleep. Hungry, their spirit shrank into one grasping desire. It was a howl, not a prayer, which God answered.

    In the desert, our treasure may disappear for a while. A change had to happen. We bid farewell to our old self but the destination is not clear. How can we leave behind the familiar and survive the trek into the unknown? On all sides are sounds of peril. Each day takes courage. Exhausted, we cry for help.

    Scripture says that our true treasure comes from above. We seek it but do not earn it. Our greatness lies in welcoming the gifts of faith, family, friends, work, and world. Like the morning dew, a new self is given, not picked off a rack. The tailor who takes our measure is one we trust.

    What a surprise to live without fear. This risk is worth taking. – Jean Schuler

    I especially like, “it was a howl, not a prayer, which God answered”.
    It reminds me of a “silent screen” launched into the universe as I was beginning what I hope and pray will forever be my last binge; “I have to have peace”.

    I’m a grand mixture of peace and discord but God accepts me “just as I am”.

    Be patient with yourself and others; God isn’t finished with us yet”.

    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic. – Georgia, US of A.

  2. The first time I read Bill’s story, I did not see much of a connection. I am now amazed at the similarities. I went through the same path of drinking increasing and causing problems with periods of sobriety that renewed my wife’s hope. I resolved to stop, but will power was not enough. I learned more about the disease, but self knowledge was not enough. Then fear kept me sober for a time but that was not enough. The only thing that worked for me was the 12 steps.

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