By Bill W.
¿I was once born, to be targeted, in a resort then often called Wilson residence ¿ i used to be born, might be rightly, in a room simply again of the outdated bar.¿
It was once the start of a lifestyles that will switch the lives of thousands. instructed the following for the 1st time in his personal phrases is the tale of the guy who may emerge as often called invoice W.¿a guy who, for his half in founding the fellowship of Alcoholics nameless, will be celebrated as one of many vital figures of the 20 th century.
¿The terrifying darkness had develop into entire. In discomfort of spirit, I back considered the melanoma of alcoholism which had now ate up me in brain and spirit, and shortly the physique. yet what of the good general practitioner? For a short second, i assume, the final hint of my obstinacy was once beaten out because the abyss yawned.
¿I be mindful asserting to myself, ¿I¿ll do something, whatever in any respect. If there be an outstanding general practitioner, I¿ll name on him.¿ Then, with neither religion nor desire I cried out, ¿If there be a God, permit him express himself.¿¿
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Now, then, in this discussion to come I'm going to make quite a point of an easily understood triad of primary instincts which result in primary drives. The drive for distinction and power; the drive for securityphysical, financial and emotional; and the desire to love and be loved, romantically or otherwise. <><><><><><><><><><><><> Well, you see, at this period, now that I am in love, I am fully compensated on all these primary instinctual drives. I Page 30 have all the prestige there is to have in school.
The part of the citizen was to willingly, gladly, joyously bear arms. I would get that from my grandfather and I especially got it from old Bill Landon, the Civil War vet. If your country needed you, you were supposed to go and not even think of asking any questions. " Those who failed to go to the Civil War, evaded service, or got some sort of an easy job got a stigma that they carried all their lives. I can remember old John Bee, a wealthy and respected citizen of our townthat is respected in some quarterswho 2 Editor's noteBill stops his narrative here to change tapes.
Bob also was raised in Vermont, and perhaps future researchers will glean some meaning from AA's cofounders being Vermonters. If there were to be a dedication to this book, perhaps a phrase from Bill Wilson's last talk to AA members would be appropriate: "I salute you. " Page 1 This is September the first, in the year of our Lord 1954. Ed Bierstadt and I are over at the Hotel Bedford, where we propose to begin the dictation of the story of myself and the story of AA from true recollection only.
Bill W: my first 40 years by Bill W.