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WHO cares to admit complete defeat? P
Alcoholics Anonymous World Service Inc. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (pp. 21-22). AA World Services, Inc.
From “As Bill Sees It”
Self-Confidence and Will Power
When first challenged to admit defeat, most of us revolted. We had approached A.A. expecting to be taught self-confidence. Then we had been told that so far as alcohol was concerned, self-confidence was no good whatever; in fact, it was a total liability. There was no such thing as personal conquest of the alcoholic compulsion by the unaided will.
It is when we try to make our will conform
AA World Services Inc. As Bill Sees It p. 42 (Kindle Locations 645-653). A.A. World Services, Inc.
“From As Bill Sees It”
From the Taproot
The principle that we shall find no enduring strength until we first admit complete defeat is the main taproot from which our whole Society has sprung and flowered. ‹‹ ‹‹ ‹‹ ›› ›› ›› Every newcomer is told, and soon realizes for himself, that his humble admission of powerlessness over alcohol is his first step toward liberation from its paralyzing grip.
So it is that we first see humility as a necessity. But this is the barest beginning. To get completely away from our aversion to the idea of being humble, to gain a vision of humility as the avenue to true freedom of the human spirit, to be willing to work for humility as something to be desired for itself, takes most of us a long, long time. A whole lifetime geared to self-centeredness cannot be set in reverse all at once.
AA World Services Inc. As Bill Sees It (p. 305). A.A. World Services, Inc.
Daily Reflections (January 6)
THE VICTORY OF SURRENDER We perceive that only through utter defeat are we able to take our first steps toward liberation and strength. Our admissions of personal powerlessness finally turn out to be firm bedrock upon which happy and purposeful lives may be built. TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 21
When alcohol influenced every facet of my life, when bottles became the symbol of all my self-indulgence and
AA World Services Inc. Daily Reflections: A Book of Reflections by A.A. Members for A.A. Members (p. 14). A.A. World Services, Inc.