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As Bill Sees It

Welcome to the "As Bill Sees It" Meeting of the e-AA Group of Alcoholics Anonymous. My name is Todd, I am an alcoholic.

Please join in a moment of silence, followed by the Serenity Prayer  for those who wish...

God, grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; and Wisdom to know the difference.

AA Preamble:

"Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking. 

There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes.

Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety."

Note: All excerpts from "Alcoholics Anonymous", our "Big Book", reprinted here are copyrighted and done so with permission from AAWS.

The format of this meeting is topic-discussion

If you wish to share, please type            !!

The chair will call on you

When finished sharing, please type        END

The meeting lasts for one hour.
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If you are a member of Alcoholics Anonymous and would like to voluntarily contribute toward this group's self-support, please click the "7th Tradition" link on the left of the page as you log in to chat.

Do we have any visitors or newcomers who would like to introduce themselves by first name only? This is so we can welcome you here and get to know you.

This is an open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. We glad you are all here - - especially newcomers. In keeping with our Third Tradition and our singleness of purpose which states that "The only requirement A.A. for membership is a desire to stop drinking," we ask all who participate confine their discussion to their problems with alcohol. 

Does anyone have an opening thought, topic or question to share in relation to recovery from alcoholism?

Does anyone have a closing thought to share with us all before we close?

That finishes the sharing and I'll now post The Promises to end the meeting:
The AA Promises
If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way 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.
Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us - sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.


With many thanks to our greeter for this meeting, may we now have our usual announcements ...

Those who wish, please join in a moment of silence for the still-suffering alcoholic, followed by our Third-Step prayer ...

"God, I offer myself to Thee to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always" -- ("Alcoholics Anonymous", the book, page 63)

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