Saturday, 13 May 2017

As Bill Sees It #essentialsofrecovery

“Privileged People”, p. 133

I saw that I had been living too much alone, too much aloof from my

fellows, and too deaf to that voice within. Instead of seeing myself as

a simple agent bearing the message of experience, I had thought of

myself as a founder of A.A.

How much better it would have been had I felt gratitude rather than

self-satisfaction–gratitude that I had once suffered the pains of

alcoholism, gratitude that a miracle of recovery had been worked

upon me from above, gratitude for the privilege of serving my fellow

alcoholics, and gratitude for those fraternal ties which bound me ever

closer to them in a comradeship such as few societies of men have

ever known.

Truly did a clergyman say to me, “Your misfortune has become your

good fortune. You A.A.’s are privileged people.”

Grapevine, July 1946
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