Progressive Gratitude

I am very grateful that my Higher Power has given me a second chance to live a worthwhile life. Through Alcoholics Anonymous, I have been restored to sanity. The promises are being fulfilled in my life. I am grateful to be free from the slavery of alcohol. I am grateful for peace of mind and the opportunity to grow, but my gratitude should go forward rather than backward. I cannot stay sober on yesterday’s meetings or past Twelfth-Step calls; I need to put my gratitude into action today. Our co-founder said our gratitude can best be shown by carrying the message to others. Without action, my gratitude is just a pleasant emotion. I need to put it into action by working Step Twelve, by carrying the message and practicing the principles in all my affairs. I am grateful for the chance to carry the message today! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and if we could each share what we are grateful for….that would be my wish.


16 thoughts on “Progressive Gratitude

  1. Grapevine Quote

    November 24
    “We sense that here in AA this shared darkness has become a shared light.”
    Pleasantville, New York, August 1959
    “The Sense of Sobriety”
    Spiritual Awaken

    As an old reprobate and ingrate I especially love and appreciate gratitude.

    Ah the healing balm of the gratitude!

    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic.

    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic and devoted 12th stepper.

  2. A Legacy of Lies

    These facts about Bill Wilson, although disturbing, are important, because all concepts, beliefs, values and methods in AA and the 12 Step Program are a reflection of what was going on in Bill’s mind and life. Bill Wilson did not discover a “cure” or “great secret” for alcoholism or any other addiction. He was very clearly still a full blown addict and just switched his substance of choice and replaced his cravings for alcohol with women, sex, cigarettes, caffeine and cult-like religious fanaticism.

    Bill Wilson was projecting his struggles, feelings of powerlessness, depression, inadequacy and shame over his inability to control his sexual compulsions and nicotine addiction and his religious beliefs into the principles and methods, which became the 12 Step Program of Alcoholics Anonymous. One only needs to look at the words in the 12 Steps, the Big Book and the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions to see that this is true.

    In Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, many of the discussions revolve around sex and sexual needs. These are not the words of a man who was divinely guided by God, as he so often claimed, and people still believe to this day. These are the words of a man struggling with shame, self-loathing, guilt and remorse and trying to find a way to deal with them and explain his behaviors. Unfortunately, all he had to turn to at the time was the teachings he had learned from the religious cult, the Oxford Group. Like all religions, they attempted to control behavior through shame and guilt and this is the method that Bill W. adopted and passed along.

    Additionally, Bill Wilson struggled with depression throughout all his recovery that was so severe at times that he would hold his head in his hands and weep, he wasn’t able to respond to questions and he couldn’t get out of bed. Sometimes it was accompanied by heart palpitations, a stomachache and feeling sick all over. His wife, Lois, often referred to him as “almost a hypochondriac” and he sometimes experienced hysteria and breathing problems that he felt he couldn’t control.

    It is unfortunate that out of his desperation Bill Wilson turned to the Oxford Group and ended up combining the whole “alcoholism is a disease” concept with the “religious sin” concept; thus, in the process, we really ended up losing the truth about alcoholism in the 12 Step Program. It is apparent when we look at the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous that although Bill believed in his mind that alcoholism is a physical disease, in his heart he felt it was a spiritual disease that emerged from sin, and he was not able to break free from the hold that the Oxford Group had instilled in him.

    I do not sit in judgment of Bill Wilson. I have compassion and complete understanding for his plight. Like most addicts, I too have struggled with most of the same or similar issues.

    • …and from this most human, fallible man came forth a fellowship which for about two million of us presents today simply as it is, a marvellous gift, to be enjoyed and shared with no expectation or demand…
      The shared darkness, indeed, becoming a shared light.
      Grateful for the Gift

    • “I do not sit in judgment of Bill Wilson. I have compassion and complete understanding for his plight.” LOL Paul says this after his rant–he sounds like a typical politician. Thanks for stopping by, Paul. That said…I’m grateful for AA and the fellowship and has helped keep me sober for 10+ years. I’ll put Paul on my 10th Step list now. I’m going to pray for him too.

  3. All this really points out, is what many alcoholics go through on a daily basis. That we have a set of principles that can give us a daily reprieve from the depths of active alcoholism, for me, is something to be very grateful for.
    An optimistic Thanksgiving for all.

  4. Coming up on 9 years next month if it’s in god’s plan — so, so, so grateful to be sober. I often take it for granted now and focus on the one or two areas of current “problems” in my life, which are very limited. Thankful for AA!

  5. Top of the happy happy happy thanksgiving day family,
    Today isn’t just about turkey and all the trimmings meeting stomach acid..
    Thanksgiving is an attitude. It’s being grateful/humble to rise above the lows/disappointments of “this” life with gratitude and a thankful heart. A state of mind of constant thanks for what Divine Mercy has sent our way.

    Being negative: doesn’t require action.
    Being positive: requires action.
    Being pessamistic: doesn’t require work.
    Being optimistic: requires work.

    Today, I’m thankful for peace and freedom in all areas in my life.
    Today, I have spiritual tools that work towards a solution.
    For this, I will always be grateful to and reach out my hand to the fellowship of AA, family, friends, and to this temporal world.

    It’s a good day to have a good day.

  6. Dear God, I want to take a moment not to ask for anything from you but to simply say thank you for all I have. Many blessings on this day. Kt

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