Posts by: Rick W.

The Solution to My Problem

The Solution to My Problem

I continue to be amazed at the things I hear in A.A. meetings these days.  I hear a lot of “BB” and not enough “AA.” I have never been able to find in our program of action the phrase, “90 meetings in 90 days” or “just don’t drink and go to meetings” or “no big …

Teachable Moments

Teachable Moments

What Have Been Your Biggest Teachable Moments? There are many teachable moments on our journey to becoming recovered alcoholics available to us if we are willing to do the inventory needed to embrace them. There are at least 21 specific examples in the first 165 pages of the big book where the author calls them …

Do You Learn Better With Video?

Do You Learn Better With Video?

ME TOO! Since God gave me a few creative and technical skills to work with, from time to time I create simple videos to share with my sponsees on a particular topic. This past week it seems the stars have aligned for many of my sponsees and I began to see a recurring theme... "Why ...

The Service Sponsor

The Service Sponsor

The following was reprinted from pages 25-27 the pamphlet P-17: Questions and Answers on Sponsorship with permission from A.A. World Services, Inc. . . . A.A. service is anything whatever that helps us to reach a fellow sufferer — ranging all the way from the Twelfth Step itself to a ten-cent phone call and a cup of …

The Group Inventory

The Group Inventory

By Rick W. When I was living in NYC and had the honor of serving as the Area 49 Area Chairperson (Panel 65), one of the coolest service opportunities I was given as an Area trusted servant was the chance to sit down with an A.A. group and facilitate their group inventory.  The pamphlet, "The ...

Who Decides What The Conference Votes On?

Who Decides What The Conference Votes On?

Have you ever wondered where conference agenda items come from? I have and luckily, our handy dandy A.A. Service Manual outlines exactly where agenda items come from and how they make it to the floor of the Conference.  I have pulled a passage from the Service Manual and have created a graphic that helps explain ...

The Inverted Triangle Expanded

The Inverted Triangle Expanded

Service Junkies Unite!!! Ok, that's a little tongue in cheek, but still - I had some more questions the first time I saw the inverted triangle of the service structure.  Some of those questions were: How many people actually attend (and are voting members) of the General Service Conference each year? How come one Area ...

Difference Between and Elder Statesman and a Bleeding Deacon

Difference Between and Elder Statesman and a Bleeding Deacon

Excerpt From: AA World Services, Inc. “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.” “This brings us straight to the question “Does A.A. have a real leadership?” Most emphatically the answer is “Yes, notwithstanding the apparent lack of it.” Let’s turn again to the deposed founder and his friends. What becomes of them? As their grief and anxiety ...

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