Posts by: Rick W.

The Promises: Cause & Effect

The Promises: Cause & Effect

I’m sure you’re familiar with the idea of “cause and effect.” “Cause and effect” is the relationship between events or things, where one is the result of the other or others. This is a combination of action and reaction. In even more simple terms… if you do this – you get that. It reminds me …

Emotional Sobriety

Emotional Sobriety

In January 1958, Bill Wilson wrote an article to the Grapevine entitled, “The Next Frontier: Emotional Sobriety.”  This article is the substance of a letter Bill wrote to a close friend (in 1956) who also had troublesome depressions.  Before I start sharing my experience, strength, and hope on this topic, I thought it best to …

Does Negative Thinking Rule Your Life?

Does Negative Thinking Rule Your Life?

*** Check Out the Video Version of This Post *** “I’ll stop with the sixth drink.” Or “What’s the use anyhow?” From “Alcoholics Anonymous”, Page 24 (4th Edition), There Is A Solution: “When this sort of thinking is fully established in an individual with alcoholic tendencies, he has probably placed himself beyond human aid, and …

Our Original Six Step Program

Our Original Six Step Program

In the pioneering period of Alcoholics Anonymous (before the publication of the Big Book), the Founders developed a program of recovery consisting of Six Steps. The Twelve Steps as we know them today were written especially for the Big Book, as discussed in Bill W.’s official A.A. biography (Pass It On, Page 196-197): [While writing …

Service Sponsorship – An Alternative Viewpoint

Service Sponsorship – An Alternative Viewpoint

DISCLAIMER:  Information in this post is being shared solely for educational purposes and to encourage readers to begin thinking for themselves about this topic. Several years ago, the General Service Conference approved revisions to the A.A. pamphlet, "Questions and Answers on Sponsorship" to add a new section on service sponsorship (page 25 of the pamphlet). ...

Service… Service… Service…

Service… Service… Service…

“Even if you get what you want, you’re gonna see the limitations of it – until you lead a life of significance.” – Viola Davis If you look up the definition of the word “service” in the dictionary, one definition you’ll find is, “an act of helpful activity.”  What appears to be implicit in that …

Our 3-Part Illness

Our 3-Part Illness

When I put down the bottle, I made a deliberate choice to address Part 1 (the physical) of my 3-part illness . Then, you and others started teaching me how to make deliberate choices on the mental and spiritual part (Parts 2 & 3) of my illness. “In this statement he [Dr. Silkworth] confirms what …

What Is The General Service Conference?

What Is The General Service Conference?

In a bit of a followup to my post on 02/21/22 about “Leadership in A.A.,” I wanted to share a little about A.A.’s General Service Conference to help members better understand what it is and why it’s important we have it. Before we get into it, let’s see what the A.A. Service Manual says about the …

Leadership in A.A.

Leadership in A.A.

Good morning family, At my home group's monthly Traditions Study last night, we were studying: Tradition 2 The importance of the group conscience, and How in A.A., we do HAVE leaders - but not necessarily in the traditional sense of the word I shared a quick quote from one of Bill's writings in Concept 9 ...