December 5, 2008
We are on page 8 of Bill’s story “No words can tell of the loneliness and despair
I found in that bitter morass of self-pity. Quicksand stretched
around me in all directions. I had met my match. I had been
overwhelmed. Alcohol was my master.” Write on this paragraph. What
is your experience? When you read this, what feelings arise? Can you
relate to Bill’s description? Why is it necessary to relive this
bleak, hopeless, and miserable time in your life?
November 24, 2008
First to answer a question I received this week: Yes, it is o.k. to pass on the “set aside” prayer. In fact it is a act of loving kindness to do so, for it helps a person become teachable and humble and learn what their Higher Power wants them to learn. The author is unknown to me. I received this prayer at a Big Book step study workshop at the Bill Wilson Inn. It’s in Dorset, Vermont.
Thursday night, Nov. 20th writing assignment:
1. pg. 3 Bill’s Story Paragraph 1; “I made a host of fair-weather friends”. What is your experience with these types of friends while you were active in your addiction? While you were in early recovery? Now? Concentrate on what type of friend you were/are.
2. How has delusion of your addiction played a part in your life? How has it prevented you from doing the next right action?
November 14, 2008
1. What constitutes “entire abstinence” for you and for your fellowship?
2. “I (Bill W) was very lonely and again turned to alcohol?” What did
you turn to when you were lonely? Explore how loneliness has
contributed to you picking up your addiction or addictions.
October 30, 2008
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October 30, 2008
Explain what a psychic change means to you?
What is Bill talking about “the only effort necessary being that
required to follow a few simple rules”.
Step one is the foundation step for all the other steps. Step one
tells us that putting down the addictive substance/activity is a life
or death proposition. What are the implications of this statement to
you and how you live your life?