Legacy of Recovery

4 Thoughts on the 4th Step Fears List

4 Thoughts on the 4th Step Fears List

Hi, my name is Rick and I’m an alcoholic.  My sobriety date is 11/17/1987….  I have been working with my current sponsor since February of 2013 and when I first started working with him, I asked him if he would take me back through the Steps and teach them to me the way HE was …

The 7 Deadly – A Quick Inventory

The 7 Deadly – A Quick Inventory

I was playing around the internet this weekend and ran across and interesting website, www.thejaywalker.com. I found this on it and thought I would share it with you.  I call them my P.A.G.G.L.E.S. ……………….. These considerations were taken from pages 48, 49, 66 & 67 of the Twelve and Twelve The bold type presents definitions …

Emmet Fox and Alcoholics Anonymous

Emmet Fox and Alcoholics Anonymous

Copyright © The A.A. Grapevine, Inc., February 1996 One of the very early recovering alcoholics who worked with co-founder Bill W. was a man named Al, whose mother was secretary to Emmet Fox, a popular lecturer on New Thought philosophy. When the early groups were meeting in New York, members would frequently adjourn after a …

There Are No “Musts” in the Program

There Are No “Musts” in the Program

How many times have you heard that said in meetings of Alcoholic Anonymous? After being around the rooms for over three decades, I continue to be amazed at the amount of things bantered around A.A. meetings that have no foundation in our program of action (the first 164 pages of the book, Alcoholics Anonymous).  The …

Life On Life’s Terms

Life On Life’s Terms

Greetings family – I had a sponsee reach out to me via text this morning and asked this question… “Do you know a good reading from AA literature about dealing with life on life’s terms? Obviously the acceptance stuff, but maybe something else?”  Because I am fully aware how my thinking is my problem today …

My Four Awakenings

My Four Awakenings

Just my experience… I am grateful beyond measure that I have allowed myself to experience #teachablemoments in A.A. where I could continue to grow. My willingness to listen to those that have gone before me (and to THEIR experience) has certainly given me many awakenings on my journey. While there have been many lessons learned, …

Action & More Action

Action & More Action

Greetings family, I drove to Abilene, TX (about 3 hours West of Fort Worth) yesterday for a service commitment and heard a speaker say in a lead that her sponsor had told her early on, “It doesn’t matter how you feel, it matters what you do.” For some reason, of all the great things she …

The Promises Are Conditional

The Promises Are Conditional

In Chapter 6, “Into Action,” we find what are commonly referred to as the 9th Step Promises just after it outlines the amends process after creating our amends list from Step 8. As many members of A.A. know, the amends process is part of the continuing action suggested to us as we go deeper in …

Guided Audio Meditation for A.A. Members

Guided Audio Meditation for A.A. Members

Many members of A.A. believe that their Higher Power (or God) is found in the stillness – in the quiet. Most first-time meditators find it strange to sit in silence, to sit with their innermost thoughts and feelings, to sit and do nothing — the very thing that, oddly enough, the mind tends to resist. …