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Bill Wilson’s Thoughts on Thanksgiving and Gratitude


I saw that I had been living too much alone, too much aloof from my fellows, and too deaf to hear that Voice within. Instaead of seeing myself as a simple agent earing the message of experience, I had thought of myself as teh 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 from the pains of alcoholism.
  • Gratitude taht ¬†miracle of recovery had been worked upon me from above.
  • Gratitude for teh privilege of serving my fellow alcoholics (and addicts).
  • And gratitude for those fraternal ties which bound me ever closer to them in a comradeship such as few societies of men (or women) have ever known.

Truly did a clergyman say to me, “Your mis-fortune has become your good fortune. You people in recovery are truly a privileged people.”

– Bill Wilson

The Promises:
If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are halfway through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace.

No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.


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