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1.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... past.   BB Bill's Story, p.10  
I could almost hear the sound of the preacher's voice as I sat, on still Sundays, way over there on the hillside; there was that proffered temperance pledge I never signed; my grandfather's good natured contempt of some church folk and their doings; his insistence that the spheres really had their music; but his denial of the preacher's right to tell him how he must listen; his fearlessness as he spoke of these things just before he died; these recollections welled up from the past.


2.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... past.   BB How It Works, p.69  
We reviewed our own conduct over the years past.


3.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... past.   BB Into Action, p.75  
We pocket our pride and go to it, illuminating every twist of character, every dark cranny of the past.


4.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... past.   BB Into Action, p.76  
Now we go out to our fellows and repair the damage done in the past.


5.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... past.   BB Into Action, p.77  
Simply we tell him that we will never get over drinking until we have done our utmost to straighten out the past.


6.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... past.   BB Into Action, p.84  
We vigorously commenced this way of living as we cleaned up the past.


7.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... past.   BB The Family Afterward, pp.123-124  
The family may be possessed by the idea that future happiness can be based only upon forgetfulness of the past.


8.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... past.   BB The Family Afterward, p.132  
For his sake, we do recount and almost relive the horrors of our past.


9.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... past.   BB The Family Afterward, p.132  
Outsiders are sometimes shocked when we burst into merriment over a seemingly tragic experience out of the past.


10.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... past?   BB To Employers, p.140  
If you concede that your employee is ill, can he be forgiven for what he has done in the past?


11.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... past.   BB A Vision For You, p.151  
Never could we recapture the great moments of the past.


12.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... past.   BB A Vision For You, p.164  
Clear away the wreckage of your past.


13.
View STEP TEN essay   ... past.   12&12 Step Ten, pp.88-89  
This doesn't mean we need to wander morbidly around in the past.


14.
View STEP TEN essay   ... past.   12&12 Step Ten, p.89  
Our inventory enables us to settle with the past.


15.
View STEP TEN essay   ... past.   12&12 Step Ten, p.89  
There's the one we take at day's end, when we review the happenings of the hours just past.


16.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... past absurdities be forgotten?   BB To Employers, p.140  
Can his past absurdities be forgotten?


17.
View STEP NINE essay   ... past acts, and to take responsibility for ...   12&12 Step Nine, p.87  
For the readiness to take the full consequences of our past acts, and to take responsibility for the well-being of others at the same time, is the very spirit of Step Nine.


18.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... past and present.   12&12 Step Four, p.46  
This the sponsor promptly proves by talking freely and easily, and without exhibitionism, about his own defects, past and present.


19.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... past and present, what sex situations have ...   12&12 Step Four, p.52  
Questioning directed to this end might run like this: Looking at both past and present, what sex situations have caused me anxiety, bitterness, frustration, or depression?


20.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... past and why you are now endeavoring ...   BB Working With Others, p.94  
Outline the program of action, explaining how you made a self-appraisal, how you straightened out your past and why you are now endeavoring to be helpful to him.


21.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... past as we now see it, being ...   BB Into Action, p.83  
We ought to sit down with the family and frankly analyze the past as we now see it, being very careful not to criticize them.


22.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... past associations, or his present choice.   BB There Is A Solution, p.28  
This should be an entirely personal affair which each one decides for himself in the light of past associations, or his present choice.


23.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... past, for the drinking career of almost ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.123  
Now and then the family will be plagued by spectres from the past, for the drinking career of almost every alcoholic has been marked by escapades, funny, humiliating, shameful or tragic.


24.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   ... past; here sat a miracle directly across ...   BB Bill's Story, p.11  
Never mind the musty past; here sat a miracle directly across the kitchen table.


25.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... past if we can.   BB How It Works, p.70  
We have listed the people we have hurt by our conduct, and are willing to straighten out the past if we can.


26.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... past is the greatest possession you have ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.124  
Cling to the thought that, in God's hands, the dark past is the greatest possession you have -- the key to life and happiness for others.


27.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... past life as it has affected other ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.79  
Though in some cases we cannot make restitution at all, and in some cases action ought to be deferred, we should nevertheless make an accurate and really exhaustive survey of our past life as it has affected other people.


28.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... past may be of infinite value to ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.124  
This painful past may be of infinite value to other families still struggling with their problem.


29.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... past misdeeds so they become a blight, ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.124  
It is possible to dig up past misdeeds so they become a blight, a veritable plague.


30.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... past nor wish to shut the door ...   BB Into Action, p.83  
We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.


31.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... past occurrences should not be discussed.   BB The Family Afterward, p.125  
So we think that unless some good and useful purpose is to be served, past occurrences should not be discussed.


32.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... past performances.   BB To Employers, p.141  
You are willing to overlook his past performances.


33.
View FOREWORD TO FOURTH EDITION   ... past quarter-century has been the explosion of ...   BB Foreword to Fourth Edition, p.xxiii  
Literature has played a major role in A.A.'s growth, and a striking phenomenon of the past quarter-century has been the explosion of translations of our basic literature into many languages and dialects.


34.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... past, they think father owes them more ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.126  
Having been neglected and misused in the past, they think father owes them more than they are getting.


35.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... past thus becomes the principal asset of ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.124  
The alcoholic's past thus becomes the principal asset of the family and frequently it is almost the only one!


36.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... past to good account.   BB The Family Afterward, p.124  
That is true only if one is willing to turn the past to good account.


37.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... past, we consider how, with our newfound ...   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.


38.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... past we have made decisions based on ...   BB How It Works, p.62  
Sometimes they hurt us, seemingly without provocation, but we invariably find that at some time in the past we have made decisions based on self which later placed us in a position to be hurt.


39.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... past will be forgotten and the fact ...   BB To Employers, p.147  
If you take it, your past will be forgotten and the fact that you went away for treatment will not be mentioned.


40.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... past wrongs, why all this concern for ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.128  
If he means to right his past wrongs, why all this concern for everyone in the world but his family?


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