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1.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... ourselves.  BB There Is A Solution, p.25  
He has commenced to accomplish those things for us which we could never do by ourselves.


2.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... ourselves.  BB We Agnostics, p.45  
We had to find a power by which we could live, and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves.


3.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... ourselves.  BB We Agnostics, p.49  
We used to amuse ourselves by cynically dissecting spiritual beliefs and practices when we might have observed that many spiritually-minded persons of all races, colors, and creeds were demonstrating a degree of stability, happiness and usefulness which we should have sought ourselves.


4.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... ourselves.  BB We Agnostics, p.50  
We talked of intolerance, while we were intolerant ourselves.


5.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... ourselves?  BB We Agnostics, p.54  
Had we not variously worshipped people, sentiment, things, money, and ourselves?


6.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... ourselves.  BB How It Works, p.59  
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.


7.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... ourselves.  BB How It Works, p.66  
Sometimes it was remorse and then we were sore at ourselves.


8.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... ourselves.  BB How It Works, p.70  
This takes us out of ourselves.


9.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... ourselves.  BB How It Works, pp.70-71  
In this book you read again and again that faith did for us what we could not do for ourselves.


10.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ourselves.  BB Into Action, p.72  
We think we have done well enough in admitting these things to ourselves.


11.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ourselves.  BB Into Action, p.76  
We attempt to sweep away the debris which has accumulated out of our effort to live on self-will and run the show ourselves.


12.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ourselves.  BB Into Action, p.84  
We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.


13.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ourselves.  BB Into Action, p.88  
We do not tire so easily, for we are not burning up energy foolishly as we did when we were trying to arrange life to suit ourselves.


14.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... ourselves.  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
There is never need to praise ourselves.


15.
View CONTENTS   ... ourselves."  12&12 Contents (Step Four), p.6  
Step Four -- "Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves."


16.
View CONTENTS   ... ourselves.  12&12 Contents (Step Five), p.6  
Lose sense of isolation, receive forgiveness and give it; learn humility; gain honesty and realism about ourselves.


17.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... ourselves."  12&12 Step Four, p.42  
"Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves."


18.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... ourselves.  12&12 Step Four, p.43  
We wish to look squarely at the unhappiness this has caused others and ourselves.


19.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... ourselves.  12&12 Step Four, p.47  
We could perceive them quickly in others, but only slowly in ourselves.


20.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... ourselves.  12&12 Step Five, p.58  
And we soon found that we could not wish or will them away by ourselves.


21.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... ourselves?  12&12 Step Five, p.59  
How could we be certain that we had made a true catalog of our defects and had really admitted them, even to ourselves?


22.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... ourselves.  12&12 Step Five, p.60  
While the comment or advice of others may be by no means infallible, it is likely to be far more specific than any direct guidance we may receive while we are still so inexperienced in establishing contact with a Power greater than ourselves.


23.
View STEP SIX essay   ... ourselves.  12&12 Step Six, p.65  
That is something we are supposed to be willing to work toward ourselves.


24.
View STEP SIX essay   ... ourselves.  12&12 Step Six, p.66  
We who have escaped these extremes are apt to congratulate ourselves.


25.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... ourselves.  12&12 Step Seven, p.72  
We could actually have earnest religious beliefs which remained barren because we were still trying to play God ourselves.


26.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... ourselves.  12&12 Step Seven, p.76  
We would like to be assured that the grace of God can do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.


27.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... ourselves.  12&12 Step Eight, p.79  
We clung to the claim that when drinking we never hurt anybody but ourselves.


28.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... ourselves.  12&12 Step Eleven, p.104  
It is A.A.'s experience that particularly in these cases we ought to pray that God's will, whatever it is, be done for others as well as for ourselves.


29.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... ourselves.  12&12 Step Eleven, p.105  
When these things happen we should not think too ill of ourselves.


30.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... ourselves.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.115  
Where people had temporarily let us run their lives as though they were still children, we had felt very happy and secure ourselves.


31.
View TRADITION SEVEN essay   ... ourselves.  12&12 Tradition Seven, p.161  
These simple services would require small sums of money which we could and would pay ourselves.


32.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... ourselves.  12&12 Tradition Eleven (Long), p.192  
There is never need to praise ourselves.


33.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... ourselves, a particular prayer or phrase that ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.103  
If at these points our emotional disturbance happens to be great, we will more surely keep our balance, provided we remember, and repeat to ourselves, a particular prayer or phrase that has appealed to us in our reading or meditation.


34.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... ourselves accepting many things which then seemed ...  BB We Agnostics, p.47  
Afterward, we found ourselves accepting many things which then seemed entirely out of reach.


35.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... ourselves alone in the world, we still ...  12&12 Step Twelve, pp.116-117  
Even when our fortunes had not ebbed that much and we nevertheless found ourselves alone in the world, we still vainly tried to be secure by some unhealthy kind of domination or dependence.


36.
View STEP TEN essay   ... ourselves always, and to them also, when ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.93  
Whenever we fail any of these people, we can promptly admit it -- to ourselves always, and to them also, when the admission would be helpful.


37.
View STEP TEN essay   ... ourselves, "Am I doing to others as ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.93  
And we can often ask ourselves, "Am I doing to others as I would have them do to me -- today?"


38.
View STEP NINE essay   ... ourselves and blaming the family (and everyone ...  12&12 Step Nine, p.84  
This will be a very different occasion, and in sharp contrast with those hangover mornings when we alternated between reviling ourselves and blaming the family (and everyone else) for our troubles.


39.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... ourselves and God as we understand Him.  12&12 Step Eleven, p.102  
With it we can broaden and deepen the channel between ourselves and God as we understand Him.


40.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... ourselves and impressing other people.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.120  
We threw money about in every direction with the purpose of pleasing ourselves and impressing other people.


41.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... ourselves, and miraculous demonstrations of that power ...  BB We Agnostics, p.55  
For faith in a Power greater than ourselves, and miraculous demonstrations of that power in human lives, are facts as old as man himself.


42.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... ourselves, and not too much of that.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.121  
In money matters we had faith only in ourselves, and not too much of that.


43.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... ourselves and of others involved.  12&12 Step Eight, p.82  
We should avoid extreme judgments, both of ourselves and of others involved.


44.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... ourselves and our fundamental difficulties that we ...  12&12 Step Eight, p.80  
While the purpose of making restitution to others is paramount, it is equally necessary that we extricate from an examination of our personal relations every bit of information about ourselves and our fundamental difficulties that we can.


45.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... ourselves and our problems that they will ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.29  
Our hope is that many alcoholic men and women, desperately in need, will see these pages, and we believe that it is only by fully disclosing ourselves and our problems that they will be persuaded to say, "Yes, I am one of them too; I must have this thing."


46.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... ourselves and show others who still suffered ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.122  
When, with God's help, we calmly accepted our lot, then we found we could live at peace with ourselves and show others who still suffered the same fears that they could get over them, too.


47.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... ourselves, and the alcoholic is an extreme ...  BB How It Works, p.62  
They arise out of ourselves, and the alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will run riot, though he usually doesn't think so.


48.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... ourselves and those about us?  12&12 Step Twelve, p.113  
Can we transform these calamities into assets, sources of growth and comfort to ourselves and those about us?


49.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... ourselves and those about us.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.123  
We have had a much keener look at ourselves and those about us.


50.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... ourselves, and to another human being.  12&12 Step Eight, p.78  
It had been embarrassing enough when in confidence we had admitted these things to God, to ourselves, and to another human being.


51.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... ourselves, and to another human being the ...  BB How It Works, p.59  
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.


52.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ourselves, and to another human being, the ...  BB Into Action, p.72  
This requires action on our part, which, when completed, will mean that we have admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being, the exact nature of our defects.


53.
View CONTENTS   ... ourselves, and to another human being the ...  12&12 Contents (Step Five), p.6  
Step Five -- "Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs."


54.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... ourselves, and to another human being the ...  12&12 Step Five, p.55  
"Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs."


55.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... ourselves and with God.  12&12 Step Five, p.60  
When we are honest with another person, it confirms that we have been honest with ourselves and with God.


56.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... ourselves and with the world about us, ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.125  
For it is only by accepting and solving our problems that we can begin to get right with ourselves and with the world about us, and with Him who presides over us all.


57.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... ourselves are the great gains we make ...  12&12 Step Five, p.58  
More realism and therefore more honesty about ourselves are the great gains we make under the influence of Step Five.


58.
View STEP TEN essay   ... ourselves, are to some extent emotionally ill ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.92  
Finally, we begin to see that all people, including ourselves, are to some extent emotionally ill as well as frequently wrong, and then we approach true tolerance and see what real love for our fellows actually means.


59.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... ourselves are twofold.  12&12 Step Five, p.59  
At this stage, the difficulties of trying to deal rightly with God by ourselves are twofold.


60.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... ourselves as chips off the same old ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.123  
But now we see ourselves as chips off the same old block.


61.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... ourselves as destitution faced us and our ...  BB To Wives, p.106  
We finally sought employment ourselves as destitution faced us and our families.


62.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... ourselves as intelligent agents, spearheads of God's ...  BB We Agnostics, p.49  
Instead of regarding ourselves as intelligent agents, spearheads of God's ever advancing Creation, we agnostics and atheists chose to believe that our human intelligence was the last word, the alpha and the omega, the beginning and end of all.


63.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... ourselves, but also with people and situations ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.108  
In Step Eight, we continued our housecleaning, for we saw that we were not only in conflict with ourselves, but also with people and situations in the world in which we lived.


64.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... ourselves but one short question.  BB We Agnostics, p.47  
We needed to ask ourselves but one short question.


65.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... ourselves, but to give the reassurance and ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.110  
We sit in A.A. meetings and listen, not only to receive something ourselves, but to give the reassurance and support which our presence can bring.


66.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... ourselves, but with other people who have ...  12&12 Step Four, p.44  
In these ways we are set in conflict not only with ourselves, but with other people who have instincts, too.


67.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... ourselves by cynically dissecting spiritual beliefs and ...  BB We Agnostics, p.49  
We used to amuse ourselves by cynically dissecting spiritual beliefs and practices when we might have observed that many spiritually-minded persons of all races, colors, and creeds were demonstrating a degree of stability, happiness and usefulness which we should have sought ourselves.


68.
View STEP TEN essay   ... ourselves by remembering that we are today ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.92  
As an insurance against "big-shot-ism" we can often check ourselves by remembering that we are today sober only by the grace of God and that any success we may be having is far more His success than ours.


69.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... ourselves by remembering what A.A. experience in ...  12&12 Step Eight, p.82  
Whenever our pencil falters, we can fortify and cheer ourselves by remembering what A.A. experience in this Step has meant to others.


70.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... ourselves could restore us to sanity.  BB How It Works, p.59  
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.


71.
View CONTENTS   ... ourselves could restore us to sanity."  12&12 Contents (Step Two), p.5  
Step Two -- "Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity."


72.
View STEP TWO essay   ... ourselves could restore us to sanity."  12&12 Step Two, p.25  
"Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity."


73.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... ourselves could restore us to sanity.  12&12 Step Seven, p.76  
It is really saying to us that we now ought to be willing to try humility in seeking the removal of our other shortcomings just as we did when we admitted that we were powerless over alcohol, and came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.


74.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... ourselves don't always care for people who ...  BB To Wives, p.121  
If that is so we are sorry, for we ourselves don't always care for people who lecture us.


75.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... ourselves fairly at all.  12&12 Step Five, p.59  
Because we were still bothered by fear, self-pity, and hurt feelings, it was probable we couldn't appraise ourselves fairly at all.


76.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... ourselves, for deep down in every man, ...  BB We Agnostics, p.55  
Actually we were fooling ourselves, for deep down in every man, woman, and child, is the fundamental idea of God.


77.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... ourselves, "For God's sake, how did I ...  BB There Is A Solution, p.24  
How often have some of us begun to drink in this nonchalant way, and after the third or fourth, pounded on the bar and said to ourselves, "For God's sake, how did I ever get started again?"


78.
View STEP TEN essay   ... ourselves for the adventure of a new ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.88  
As we work the first nine Steps, we prepare ourselves for the adventure of a new life.


79.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... ourselves for the following Steps toward a ...  12&12 Step Five, p.62  
This feeling of being at one with God and man, this emerging from isolation through the open and honest sharing of our terrible burden of guilt, brings us to a resting place where we may prepare ourselves for the following Steps toward a full and meaningful sobriety.


80.
View STEP THREE essay   ... ourselves fortunate indeed.  12&12 Step Three, p.37  
Therefore, we who are alcoholics can consider ourselves fortunate indeed.


81.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... ourselves getting married to all kinds of ...  12&12 Tradition Six, p.156  
In consternation, we saw ourselves getting married to all kinds of enterprises, some good and some not so good.


82.
View STEP TEN essay   ... ourselves getting tangled up.  12&12 Step Ten, p.89  
There's the spot-check inventory, taken at any time of the day, whenever we find ourselves getting tangled up.


83.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... ourselves handicapped by obstinacy, sensitiveness, and unreasoning ...  BB We Agnostics, pp.47-48  
Besides a seeming inability to accept much on faith, we often found ourselves handicapped by obstinacy, sensitiveness, and unreasoning prejudice.


84.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... ourselves has.  12&12 Step Eight, p.79  
In many instances we shall find that though the harm done others has not been great, the emotional harm we have done ourselves has.


85.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... ourselves, "He wants to want to stop."  BB To Wives, p.109  
As we say among ourselves, "He wants to want to stop."


86.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... ourselves, holding back nothing, only by being ...  12&12 Step Five, p.59  
Only by discussing ourselves, holding back nothing, only by being willing to take advice and accept direction could we set foot on the road to straight thinking, solid honesty, and genuine humility.


87.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... ourselves, how could we now be so ...  12&12 Step Five, p.59  
If all our lives we had more or less fooled ourselves, how could we now be so sure that we weren't still self-deceived?


88.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ourselves, however, if others will be helped.  BB Into Action, p.87  
We may ask for ourselves, however, if others will be helped.


89.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... ourselves in a mood in which we ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.100  
When, by such simple devices, we have placed ourselves in a mood in which we can focus undisturbed on constructive imagination, we might proceed like this:


90.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... ourselves, in all earnestness and sincerity, how ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.37  
Next day we would ask ourselves, in all earnestness and sincerity, how it could have happened.


91.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ourselves in complete readiness to go through ...  BB Into Action, p.74  
If that is so, this step may be postponed, only, however, if we hold ourselves in complete readiness to go through with it at the first opportunity.


92.
View STEP TEN essay   ... ourselves in fantasies of still greater victories ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.92  
When temporary good fortune came our way, we indulged ourselves in fantasies of still greater victories over people and circumstances.


93.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... ourselves in God's hands were better than ...  BB Working With Others, p.100  
When we look back, we realize that the things which came to us when we put ourselves in God's hands were better than anything we could have planned.


94.
View STEP ONE essay   ... ourselves in the process.  12&12 Step One, p.22  
The tyrant alcohol wielded a double-edged sword over us: first we were smitten by an insane urge that condemned us to go on drinking, and then by an allergy of the body that insured we would ultimately destroy ourselves in the process.


95.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... ourselves into forgetfulness or had plunged in ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.123  
It mattered little whether we had sat on the shore of life drinking ourselves into forgetfulness or had plunged in recklessly and willfully beyond our depth and ability.


96.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... ourselves is indescribable.  12&12 Step Four, p.50  
As we persist, a brand-new kind of confidence is born, and the sense of relief at finally facing ourselves is indescribable.


97.
View APPENDIX II, Spiritual Experience   ... ourselves is the essence of spiritual experience.  BB Appendix II, Spiritual Experience, p.568  
Most of us think this awareness of a Power greater than ourselves is the essence of spiritual experience.


98.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... ourselves it isn't so.  BB We Agnostics, p.49  
When, however, the perfectly logical assumption is suggested that underneath the material world and life as we see it, there is an All Powerful, Guiding, Creative Intelligence, right there our perverse streak comes to the surface and we laboriously set out to convince ourselves it isn't so.


99.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... ourselves it wasn't true.  BB We Agnostics, p.55  
We had seen spiritual release, but liked to tell ourselves it wasn't true.


100.
View STEP THREE essay   ... ourselves just what we shall think and ...  12&12 Step Three, p.37  
How persistently we claim the right to decide all by ourselves just what we shall think and just how we shall act.


101.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... ourselves justified by nervousness, anger, worry, depression, ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.37  
In some circumstances we have gone out deliberately to get drunk, feeling ourselves justified by nervousness, anger, worry, depression, jealousy or the like.


102.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... ourselves like other people.  BB There Is A Solution, p.24  
If these thoughts occur, they are hazy and readily supplanted with the old threadbare idea that this time we shall handle ourselves like other people.


103.
View STEP TWO essay   ... ourselves, made amends to those we had ...  12&12 Step Two, p.32  
In no deep or meaningful sense had we ever taken stock of ourselves, made amends to those we had harmed, or freely given to any other human being without any demand for reward.


104.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ourselves many times each day "Thy will ...  BB Into Action, pp.87-88  
We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many times each day "Thy will be done."


105.
View STEP THREE essay   ... ourselves more independent personally.  12&12 Step Three, p.36  
By so accepting our dependence upon this marvel of science, we find ourselves more independent personally.


106.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ourselves most of the time?  BB Into Action, p.86  
Were we thinking of ourselves most of the time?


107.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... ourselves of His help.  12&12 Step Seven, p.75  
Refusing to place God first, we had deprived ourselves of His help.


108.
View STEP NINE essay   ... ourselves of the right attitude in which ...  12&12 Step Nine, p.83  
After we have made the list of people we have harmed, have reflected carefully upon each instance, and have tried to possess ourselves of the right attitude in which to proceed, we will see that the making of direct amends divides those we should approach into several classes.


109.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... ourselves off from the sunlight of the ...  BB How It Works, p.66  
For when harboring such feelings we shut ourselves off from the sunlight of the Spirit.


110.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... ourselves on what later proves to be ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
We naturally congratulate ourselves on what later proves to be a far too easy and superficial point of view.


111.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ourselves only.  BB Into Action, p.87  
We ask especially for freedom from self-will, and are careful to make no request for ourselves only.


112.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ourselves open to being branded fanatics or ...  BB Into Action, p.77  
Why lay ourselves open to being branded fanatics or religious bores?


113.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... ourselves or upon others which cannot be ...  12&12 Step Four, p.49  
Pride lures us into making demands upon ourselves or upon others which cannot be met without perverting or misusing our God-given instincts.


114.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... ourselves, ought not be shared with anyone.  12&12 Step Five, p.56  
Certain distressing or humiliating memories, we tell ourselves, ought not be shared with anyone.


115.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... ourselves, our little plans and designs.  BB How It Works, p.63  
Established on such a footing we became less and less interested in ourselves, our little plans and designs.


116.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... ourselves, our resentments, or our self-pity?  BB How It Works, p.62  
Whatever our protestations, are not most of us concerned with ourselves, our resentments, or our self-pity?


117.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... ourselves religious awoke to the limitations of ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.75  
Many of us who had thought ourselves religious awoke to the limitations of this attitude.


118.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... ourselves, set the ball rolling?  BB How It Works, p.67  
But did not we, ourselves, set the ball rolling?


119.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... ourselves so well after what you have ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.38  
We admit we have some of these symptoms, but we have not gone to the extremes you fellows did, nor are we likely to, for we understand ourselves so well after what you have told us that such things cannot happen again.


120.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... ourselves that "it is better to comfort ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.103  
At these critical moments, if we remind ourselves that "it is better to comfort than to be comforted, to understand than to be understood, to love than to be loved," we will be following the intent of Step Eleven.


121.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... ourselves, that people protect and take care ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.115  
When we had taken the opposite tack and had insisted, like infants ourselves, that people protect and take care of us or that the world owed us a living, then the result had been equally unfortunate.


122.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ourselves that we have decided to go ...  BB Into Action, p.79  
Reminding ourselves that we have decided to go to any lengths to find a spiritual experience, we ask that we be given strength and direction to do the right thing, no matter what the personal consequences may be.


123.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ourselves that we would right them if ...  BB Into Action, p.83  
We don't worry about them if we can honestly say to ourselves that we would right them if we could.


124.
View STEP TEN essay   ... ourselves, the conviction follows that tomorrow's challenges ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.89  
When our inventory is carefully taken, and we have made peace with ourselves, the conviction follows that tomorrow's challenges can be met as they come.


125.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... ourselves -- the drunk to end all drunks.  BB To Wives, p.106  
In desperation, we have even got tight ourselves -- the drunk to end all drunks.


126.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... ourselves the harder into helping others.  BB How It Works, p.70  
If sex is very troublesome, we throw ourselves the harder into helping others.


127.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... ourselves -- the help of God and another ...  12&12 Step Five, p.59  
We'd have to have outside help if we were surely to know and admit the truth about ourselves -- the help of God and another human being.


128.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... ourselves, the hen probably did come before ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.97  
Sure, we said to ourselves, the hen probably did come before the egg.


129.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... ourselves the more in a spirit of ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.124  
When by devoted service to family, friends, business, or community we attract widespread affection and are sometimes singled out for posts of greater responsibility and trust, we try to be humbly grateful and exert ourselves the more in a spirit of love and service.


130.
View STEP NINE essay   ... ourselves the time is not yet, when ...  12&12 Step Nine, p.85  
Or we may just procrastinate, telling ourselves the time is not yet, when in reality we have already passed up many a fine chance to right a serious wrong.


131.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... ourselves thinking, when enchanted by a starlit ...  BB We Agnostics, p.46  
Yet, in other moments, we found ourselves thinking, when enchanted by a starlit night, "Who, then, made all this?"


132.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... ourselves this: Are not some of us ...  BB We Agnostics, p.51  
We asked ourselves this: Are not some of us just as biased and unreasonable about the realm of the spirit as were the ancients about the realm of the material?


133.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... ourselves, "This I cannot do today, perhaps, ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.108  
We said to ourselves, "This I cannot do today, perhaps, but I can stop crying out 'No, never!'"


134.
View STEP SIX essay   ... ourselves, "This I will never give up!"  12&12 Step Six, p.69  
Perhaps we shall be obliged in some cases still to say, "This I cannot give up yet...," but we should not say to ourselves, "This I will never give up!"


135.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... ourselves, "This is a sick man.  BB How It Works, p.67  
When a person offended we said to ourselves, "This is a sick man.


136.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... ourselves, "This one ought to be cured ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.104  
We say to ourselves, "This one ought to be cured of his fatal malady," or "That one ought to be relieved of his emotional pain," and we pray for these specific things.


137.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ourselves to a drastic self-appraisal.  BB Into Action, p.76  
We subjected ourselves to a drastic self-appraisal.


138.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ourselves to be of maximum service to ...  BB Into Action, p.77  
Our real purpose is to fit ourselves to be of maximum service to God and the people about us.


139.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... ourselves to do the job thoroughly, a ...  12&12 Step Four, p.49  
Once we have a complete willingness to take inventory, and exert ourselves to do the job thoroughly, a wonderful light falls upon this foggy scene.


140.
View STEP TWO essay   ... ourselves to Him.  12&12 Step Two, p.33  
True humility and an open mind can lead us to faith, and every A.A. meeting is an assurance that God will restore us to sanity if we rightly relate ourselves to Him.


141.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... ourselves to meet conditions, whatever they were.  12&12 Step Four, p.47  
It never occurred to us that we needed to change ourselves to meet conditions, whatever they were.


142.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... ourselves to sanity, some Higher Power must ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.107  
In Step Two we saw that since we could not restore ourselves to sanity, some Higher Power must necessarily do so if we were to survive.


143.
View STEP TEN essay   ... ourselves to step back and think.  12&12 Step Ten, p.91  
When we are tempted by the bait, we should train ourselves to step back and think.


144.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... ourselves to the course of admitting the ...  12&12 Step Eight, p.81  
We shall want to hold ourselves to the course of admitting the things we have done, meanwhile forgiving the wrongs done us, real or fancied.


145.
View CONTENTS   ... ourselves toward God.  12&12 Contents (Step Seven), p.7  
Step Seven is change in attitude which permits us to move out of ourselves toward God.


146.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... ourselves toward others and toward God.  12&12 Step Seven, p.76  
The Seventh Step is where we make the change in our attitude which permits us, with humility as our guide, to move out from ourselves toward others and toward God.


147.
View STEP TWO essay   ... ourselves up into prideful balloons, though we ...  12&12 Step Two, p.29  
We used our education to blow ourselves up into prideful balloons, though we were careful to hide this from others.


148.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... ourselves up sharply.  12&12 Step Eight, p.78  
Right here we need to fetch ourselves up sharply.


149.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... ourselves, upon others, and upon God.  12&12 Step Seven, p.76  
We now clearly see that we have been making unreasonable demands upon ourselves, upon others, and upon God.


150.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... ourselves utterly to Him.  BB How It Works, p.63  
We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon ourselves utterly to Him.


151.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... ourselves was somewhat weak, even cowardly.  BB We Agnostics, pp.45-46  
We were bothered with the thought that faith and dependence upon a Power beyond ourselves was somewhat weak, even cowardly.


152.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... ourselves we achieved in Step Four was, ...  12&12 Step Five, p.58  
The objective look at ourselves we achieved in Step Four was, after all, only a look.


153.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ourselves we are no longer running the ...  BB Into Action, p.87  
We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many times each day "Thy will be done."


154.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... ourselves, we commenced to get results, even ...  BB We Agnostics, p.46  
We found that as soon as we were able to lay aside prejudice and express even a willingness to believe in a Power greater than ourselves, we commenced to get results, even though it was impossible for any of us to fully define or comprehend that Power, which is God.


155.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... ourselves; we had a good time.  BB To Wives, p.110  
We have enjoyed such evenings ourselves; we had a good time.


156.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... ourselves, we may develop the best possible ...  12&12 Step Eight, p.77  
First, we take a look backward and try to discover where we have been at fault; next we make a vigorous attempt to repair the damage we have done; and third, having thus cleaned away the debris of the past, we consider how, with our newfound knowledge of ourselves, we may develop the best possible relations with every human being we know.


157.
View STEP NINE essay   ... ourselves well in advance, such reactions will ...  12&12 Step Nine, p.85  
But if we have prepared ourselves well in advance, such reactions will not deflect us from our steady and even purpose.


158.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... ourselves, were sick too.  BB How It Works, p.67  
Though we did not like their symptoms and the way these disturbed us, they, like ourselves, were sick too.


159.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... ourselves what we mean when we say ...  12&12 Step Eight, p.80  
We might next ask ourselves what we mean when we say that we have "harmed" other people.


160.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... ourselves which had been blocking us.  BB How It Works, p.64  
Though our decision was a vital and crucial step, it could have little permanent effect unless at once followed by a strenuous effort to face, and to be rid of, the things in ourselves which had been blocking us.


161.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... ourselves which had brought us to physical, ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.107  
Beginning with Step Four, we commenced to search out the things in ourselves which had brought us to physical, moral, and spiritual bankruptcy.


162.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... ourselves, which is another way of saying ...  12&12 Step Four, p.48  
For we had started to get perspective on ourselves, which is another way of saying that we were gaining in humility.


163.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... ourselves which no others ought to know.  12&12 Step Five, p.61  
Perhaps we shall need to share with this person facts about ourselves which no others ought to know.


164.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ourselves which should be discussed with another ...  BB Into Action, p.86  
Have we kept something to ourselves which should be discussed with another person at once?


165.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... ourselves, why shouldn't we start out by ...  12&12 Step Eight, p.78  
If we are now about to ask forgiveness for ourselves, why shouldn't we start out by forgiving them, one and all?


166.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... ourselves why we had them.  BB How It Works, p.68  
We asked ourselves why we had them.


167.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... ourselves why we shouldn't apply to our ...  BB We Agnostics, p.52  
We had to ask ourselves why we shouldn't apply to our human problems this same readiness to change our point of view.


168.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... ourselves why we were angry.  BB How It Works, p.64  
We asked ourselves why we were angry.


169.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ourselves with another person when we see ...  BB Into Action, p.72  
We will be more reconciled to discussing ourselves with another person when we see good reasons why we should do so.


170.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... ourselves with enthusiasm to the idea of ...  BB Bill's Story, p.15  
My wife and I abandoned ourselves with enthusiasm to the idea of helping other alcoholics to a solution of their problems.


171.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... ourselves with someone, it may be one ...  BB Into Action, p.74  
Notwithstanding the great necessity for discussing ourselves with someone, it may be one is so situated that there is no suitable person available.


172.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... ourselves with the club of anger we ...  12&12 Step Four, p.47  
We had to see that when we harbored grudges and planned revenge for such defeats, we were really beating ourselves with the club of anger we had intended to use on others.


173.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... ourselves with the humbler, yet sometimes more ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
Can we steadfastly content ourselves with the humbler, yet sometimes more durable, satisfactions when the brighter, more glittering achievements are denied us?


174.
View STEP TEN essay   ... ourselves with things well done, and chalking ...  12&12 Step Ten, p.89  
Here we cast up a balance sheet, crediting ourselves with things well done, and chalking up debits where due.


175.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... ourselves with those tormenting ghosts of yesterday ...  12&12 Step Five, p.55  
If we have swept the searchlight of Step Four back and forth over our careers, and it has revealed in stark relief those experiences we'd rather not remember, if we have come to know how wrong thinking and action have hurt us and others, then the need to quit living by ourselves with those tormenting ghosts of yesterday gets more urgent than ever.


176.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... ourselves without demands for repayment.  12&12 Step Twelve, p.116  
We saw that we would need to give constantly of ourselves without demands for repayment.


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