Posts by: Rick W.

I Caught Alcoholism When I Came to A.A.

I Caught Alcoholism When I Came to A.A.

This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending the 75th Texas State A.A. Convention in Austin, TX with some of the members of my home group and while we were there, we heard a speaker say this – and the identification (for me) was palpable… “I caught alcoholism when I came to A.A.” If …

The Path of Least Resistance

The Path of Least Resistance

If you Google the phrase, “the path of least resistance,” you will likely find this: “The path of least resistance is the physical or metaphorical pathway that provides the least resistance to forward motion by a given object or entity, among a set of alternative paths.” In A.A., we have another way of saying that… …

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 …