Foundation for Life

“We discover that we receive guidance for our lives to just about the extent that we stop making demands upon God to give it to us on order and on our terms.” ********** “In praying, we ask simply that throughout the day God place in us the best understanding of His will that we can have for that day, and …

Daily Acceptance

“Too much of my life has been spent in dwelling upon the faults of others. This is a most subtle and perverse form of self-satisfaction, which permits us to remain comfortably unaware of our own defects. Too often we heard to say, ‘If it weren’t for him (or her), how happy I’d be.’” ********************** “Our very first problem is to …

Going It Alone

“Going it alone in spiritual matters is dangerous. How many times have we heard well-intentioned people claim the guidance of God when it was plain that they were mistaken? Lacking both practice and humility, they had deluded themselves and so were able to justify the most arrant nonsense on the ground that this was what God had told them. “People …

Self-Examination

“Those various resentments, anxieties, and depressions were definitely caused, we claim, either by our unfortunate circumstances or by the inconsiderate behaviors of other people. Greatly to our consternation, our sponsors didn’t seem in the least impressed. We can remember how many of them said, “Why don’t we sit down and take a good, hard look at all of AA’s Twelve …

Freedom to Choose

“Looking back, we see that our freedom to choose badly was not, after all, a very real freedom. “When we chose because we “must,” this was not a free choice, either. But it got us started in the right direction. When we chose because we “ought to” we were really doing better. This time we were earning some freedom, making …

Eternal Values

“Many people will have no truck at all with absolute spiritual values. Perfectionists, they say, are either full of conceit because they fancy they have reached some impossible goal, or else they are swamped in self-condemnation because they have not done so. “Yet I think that we should not hold this view. It is more the fault of great ideals …

Reaching for Humility

“We saw we needn’t always be bludgeoned and beaten into humility. It could come quiet as much from our voluntary reaching for it as it could from unremitting suffering. ******************** “We first reach for a little humility, knowing that we shall perish of alcoholism if we do not. After a time, though we may still rebel somewhat, we commence to …

Atmosphere of Grace

“Those of us who have come to make regular use of prayer would no more do without it than we would refuse air, food, or sunshine. And for the same reason. When we refuse air, light, or food, the body suffers. And when we turn away from meditation and prayer, we likewise deprive our minds, our emotions, and our intuitions …

The Steps Are Our Source Of Help

“The path by which I have come to this blessed help was long and devious. It led through the mazes and perplexities of an unhappy marriage and divorce, and a dark time of separation from my grown children, and a readjustment of life at an age when most women feel pretty sure of home and security. “But I have reached …

Let Go Absolutely

“After failure on my part to dry up any drunks, Dr. Silkworth reminded me of Professor William James’s observation that truly transforming spiritual experiences are nearly always founded on calamity and collapse. “Stop preaching at them,” Dr. Silkworth said, “and give them the hard medical facts first. This may soften them up at depth so that they will be willing …