“We have emphasized willingness as being indispensable. Are we now ready to let God remove from us all the things which we have admitted are objectionable? Can He now take them all, everyone? If we still cling to something we will not let go, we ask God to help us be willing.” A.A. Big Book
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Chapter 6, titled “Into Action”, is in my experience a guide for the steps 5 through 11 in the program we call Alcoholics Anonymous. This chapter, as its title suggests, is all about the recovering alcoholic physically reviewing his wrongdoings and setting them right. In other words, getting into action. While working the steps throughout
I sobered up in a small group in West Louisiana with six folks who were sober from 2 to 32 years and who believed that everything they needed to know to stay sober was contained in the first 164 pages of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. They also believed that “sponsorship” was essential and
But what about the other victims of alcoholism? What about the scars of those family members? As alcoholics, we know of the heartaches and distress that our families have experienced because of the disease of Alcoholism. What a debt of gratitude we owe to these first women of the program now known as Al-Anon. Many
Greetings Salt Lake Central Office! At last! Warmth and light. The top is down and the bike battery is charging. But enough about me. What’s happening with you? How is your Group? Are you finding enough service opportunities to further your spiritual growth? If not, we’ve got plenty of them. Consider working on one of
Step Five Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs So there we were…coffee in hand, sitting across from each other at the park. I was staring awkwardly off into the distance as my sponsor was waiting patiently for me to begin. The moment had come for
The language on the first page of Chapter 5 is dire. It is filled with ominous worlds like ‘Will not completely, constitutionally incapable, naturally incapable, chances less than average, suffer, grave emotional disorder’. Whew! These grave phrases may seem melodramatic to a non-alcoholic but to me they described the final years of my drinking perfectly.