“Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves” “Step Four. It is the beginning of a lifetime practice in gaining a meaningful perspective or yourself.” So counseled the Sponsor to his Sponsee as they shared a hefty piece of apple pie alamode at Fellowship Hall. SPONSEE: Yeah. But what’s in it for me? After
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“I made the decision to turn my life and will over to the care of God as I understand Him.” Since 1969 I have gone to church, meditated, prayed, read book after book trying to learn how to surrender, to rid myself of my ever present ego. My ego fought me tooth and nail. I
I have discovered that our literature is the best resource for describing aspects of our program and so I have quoted from one of our pamphlets – The Twelve Concepts for World Service Concept III states: “As a traditional means of creating and maintaining a clearly defined working relation between the groups, the Conference, the
The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking What does this really mean and how do you know if the potential member really has a desire to stop drinking? Over the years, I heard stories about the good old days when new A.A. members were interviewed to determine if they were
Today is Tuesday February 21 and to me it feels like I am over a week early with this submission but our editor informs me that I am actually a week late. Possibly you noticed that your March edition of the lifeline actually arrived around the 1st of March rather than middle of March as
When I came to Alcoholics Anonymous in 1983, I wondered, sometimes aloud, why didn’t someone “take over.” The process of group conscience seemed ponderous and some members seemed not astute enough to make the “right” decisions. I was told by my sponsor that in the group conscience our ultimate authority, God, speaks and that we
Step two, “came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” The compulsion to drink for me was not the only “Merciless obses-sion” that came to compel me in my insanity of alcoholism. Having had lost faith in the God I had come to perceive as punitive, wrathful and vindictive.