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Title: Bill Wilson writes that after his "wind on the mountain—blinding light" spiritual experience
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Big Book, on page 7, in the second paragraph, Bill writes that after his "wind on the mountain—blinding light" spiritual exp...
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Big Book, on page 7, in the second paragraph, Bill writes that after his "wind on the mountain—blinding light" spiritual experience, "My wife and I abandoned ourselves with enthusiasm to the idea of helping other alcoholics to a solution of their problems. It was fortunate, for my old business associates remained skeptical for a year and a half, during which I found little work. I was not too well at the time, and was plagued by waves of self-pity and resentment. This sometimes nearly drove me back to drink. I soon found that when all other measures failed, work with another alcoholic would save the day. Many times I have gone to my old hospital in despair. On talking to a man there, I would be amazingly lifted up and set on my feet. It is a design for living that works in rough going."

Where would we all be if Bill had been stopped from working with others for a year and a half because he was "plagued by waves of self-pity and resentment" that presumably left him with nothing to give to a newcomer? It seems likely that, without being able to work with others, Bill would have been driven back to drink. It then seems very likely that the Twelve Step Program of Recovery would never have been created and none of us would now be reading this.



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