Posts by: Rick W.

The Magic Bullet

The Magic Bullet

Over the last 35 years I’ve worked with many alcoholics that wished from the bottom of their hearts that there was some sort of magic bullet that could get them to an easy and happy sobriety. They want a quick fix (we alcoholics are so undisciplined).  They want a ready answer to the woes they …

The Squirrels Died of Exhaustion

The Squirrels Died of Exhaustion

I was at a meeting at my home group several days ago and a man who was visiting our group from across town said two things that really blew me away in his share…. he said: “Alcoholics Anonymous is the only place where you can walk in the door and in one breath both ask …

Transformation CAN Occur

Transformation CAN Occur

Daily Reflections – November 23 “HOLD YOUR FACE TO THE LIGHT” Believe more deeply. Hold your face up to the Light, even though for the moment you do not see. AS BILL SEES IT, p. 3 One Sunday in October, during my morning meditation, I glanced out the window at the ash tree in our …

Gratitude FOR / Gratitude IN

Gratitude FOR / Gratitude IN

In the month of November in A.A., we can go to any number of meetings that will focus on gratitude.  In early sobriety, I used to literally get nauseous when I would walk into a meeting and hear that was what the topic was going to be.  I mean seriously?!?!?! What do I have to …

Ebby T.’s Surrender Problem

Ebby T.’s Surrender Problem

Good morning family… I was sitting down this week looking at some of our A.A. history with another member and ran across an interesting writing about Ebby T. After reading it, we both thought how sad that some people simply cannot surrender enough to “get it.” “Ebby T. had originally sobered up and “given his …

On Awakening…

On Awakening…

Last night, I was sitting in a book study with my sponsor and sponsor brothers, and we spent the entire meeting focusing on page 86 in Step 11, “Into Action.” I love how my sponsor had us go through each line of the book starting with “On awakening…”  We broke it down and he helped …

When Anyone, Anywhere…

When Anyone, Anywhere…

One of my sponsees called earlier today for a check in and in our conversation, he was sharing about some of the things he had been doing to get out of himself and into helping others, and shared how he was helpful to someone who was not an alcoholic.  He followed that up by quoting …

What Is My Primary Purpose?

What Is My Primary Purpose?

I sat down this morning with a sponsee and we were studying Tradition Five… “Each group has but one primary purpose — to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.” …and while we were reading in the 12&12, on Page 151, next to the last paragraph, it starts off by saying, “Restless one …