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From the books  ...  Alcoholics Anonymous (Big Book) and Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (12 & 12)


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1.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... possible.   BB How It Works, p.62  
God makes that possible.


2.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... possible.   BB Working With Others, p.91  
See your man alone, if possible.


3.
View FOREWORD   ... possible.   12&12 Foreword, p.16  
The second section of this volume, though designed for A.A.'s membership, will give such inquirers an inside view of A.A. never before possible.


4.
View FOREWORD   ... possible.   12&12 Foreword, p.17  
This established identification with alcoholic readers and proved to them that the virtually impossible had now become possible.


5.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... possible.   12&12 Step Four, p.44  
We have drunk to escape the guilt of passions, and then have drunk again to make more passions possible.


6.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... possible.   12&12 Step Twelve, pp.108-109  
In Step Eleven we saw that if a Higher Power had restored us to sanity and had enabled us to live with some peace of mind in a sorely troubled world, then such a Higher Power was worth knowing better, by as direct contact as possible.


7.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... possible."   12&12 Step Twelve, p.112  
The A.A. answer to these questions about living is "Yes, all of these things are possible."


8.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... possible.   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.168  
The job was not to do Twelfth Step work; it was to make Twelfth Step work possible.


9.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... possible.   12&12 Tradition Eight, pp.168-169  
She was not professionalizing the Twelfth Step; she was just making it possible.


10.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... possible, and we only smiled.   BB We Agnostics, p.55  
They said God made these things possible, and we only smiled.


11.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... possible answer.   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.187  
At this altitude (press, radio, films, and television), anonymity -- 100 percent anonymity -- was the only possible answer.


12.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... possible as a solution.   12&12 Step Four, p.45  
As we morbidly pursue this melancholy activity, we may sink to such a point of despair that nothing but oblivion looks possible as a solution.


13.
View STEP SIX essay   ... possible attitude one can take in order ...   12&12 Step Six, p.65  
So Step Six -- "Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character" -- is A.A.'s way of stating the best possible attitude one can take in order to make a beginning on this lifetime job.


14.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... possible, avoid meeting a man through his ...   BB Working With Others, p.91  
When possible, avoid meeting a man through his family.


15.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... possible, by substantial unanimity; that its actions ...   BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.575  
XII. The Conference shall observe the spirit of A.A. tradition, taking care that it never becomes the seat of perilous wealth or power; that sufficient operating funds and reserve be its prudent financial principle; that it place none of its members in a position of unqualified authority over others; that it reach all important decisions by discussion, vote, and, whenever possible, by substantial unanimity; that its actions never be personally punitive nor an incitement to public controversy; that it never perform acts of government, and that, like the Society it serves, it will always remain democratic in thought and action.


16.
View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... possible committees, corporate service directors, executives, staffs, ...   BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.575  
XI. The trustees should always have the best possible committees, corporate service directors, executives, staffs, and consultants.


17.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... possible, except when to do so would ...   BB How It Works, p.59  
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.


18.
View STEP NINE essay   ... possible, except when to do so would ...   12&12 Step Nine, p.83  
"Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others."


19.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... possible existence of a Creative Intelligence, a ...   BB We Agnostics, p.46  
As soon as we admitted the possible existence of a Creative Intelligence, a Spirit of the Universe underlying the totality of things, we began to be possessed of a new sense of power and direction, provided we took other simple steps.


20.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... possible express a lack of hard feeling ...   BB To Employers, p.142  
If possible express a lack of hard feeling toward him.


21.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... possible for him to be insincere.   BB Working With Others, p.96  
You will be making it possible for him to be insincere.


22.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... possible for me to drink again.   BB More About Alcoholism, p.40  
Let him tell you about it: "I was much impressed with what you fellows said about alcoholism, and I frankly did not believe it would be possible for me to drink again.


23.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... possible for me to earn more money, ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.177  
It was really a horrible nightmare, this earning money, getting liquor, smuggling it home, getting drunk, morning jitters, taking large doses of sedatives to make it possible for me to earn more money, and so on ad nauseam.


24.
View TRADITION SIX essay   ... possible for the rest to earn their ...   12&12 Tradition Six, p.155  
We'd gather up derelicts from skid rows, sort out those who could get well, and make it possible for the rest to earn their livelihood in a kind of quarantined confinement.


25.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... possible for us doctors to obtain, neither ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.175  
At that time I was not aware of the almost unlimited supply the government made it possible for us doctors to obtain, neither had I any knowledge of the bootlegger who soon appeared on the horizon.


26.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... possible for us to receive God's help.   12&12 Step Eleven, p.98  
It is a step in the development of that kind of humility that makes it possible for us to receive God's help.


27.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... possible for you to become quite sure ...   BB To Employers, p.139  
Drinking occasionally, and understanding your own reactions, it is possible for you to become quite sure of many things which, so far as the alcoholic is concerned, are not always so.


28.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... possible historic value, it is also reproduced.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.561  
Because the "long form" is more explicit and of possible historic value, it is also reproduced.


29.
View STEP NINE essay   ... possible in a given set of conditions.   12&12 Step Nine, p.87  
But all of them do require a complete willingness to make amends as fast and as far as may be possible in a given set of conditions.


30.
View STEP THREE essay   ... possible is the purpose of A.A.'s Twelve ...   12&12 Step Three, p.40  
To make this increasingly possible is the purpose of A.A.'s Twelve Steps, and Step Three opens the door.


31.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... possible, let your husband explain.   BB To Wives, p.115  
Whenever possible, let your husband explain.


32.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... possible means of recovery.   BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxv  
In the course of his third treatment he acquired certain ideas concerning a possible means of recovery.


33.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... possible medical attention, he should understand that ...   BB To Employers, p.143  
Though you are providing him with the best possible medical attention, he should understand that he must undergo a change of heart.


34.
View STEP SIX essay   ... possible or due us, that is the ...   12&12 Step Six, p.65  
When they drive us blindly, or we willfully demand that they supply us with more satisfactions or pleasures than are possible or due us, that is the point at which we depart from the degree of perfection that God wishes for us here on earth.


35.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... possible organization.   BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.565  
9. Each A.A. group needs the least possible organization.


36.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... possible organization."   12&12 Tradition Nine, p.172  
When Tradition Nine was first written, it said that "Alcoholics Anonymous needs the least possible organization."


37.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... possible organization.   12&12 Tradition Nine (Long), p.191  
Nine -- Each A.A. group needs the least possible organization.


38.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... possible organization, even in our service centers.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xix  
There was to be the least possible organization, even in our service centers.


39.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... possible, perhaps arranging for the coffee and ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.110  
We can be the ones who take on the unspectacular but important tasks that make good Twelfth Step work possible, perhaps arranging for the coffee and cake after the meetings, where so many skeptical, suspicious newcomers have found confidence and comfort in the laughter and talk.


40.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... possible public relations policy for Alcoholics Anonymous.   12&12 Tradition Eleven, p.180  
Therefore, a great responsibility fell upon us to develop the best possible public relations policy for Alcoholics Anonymous.


41.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... possible relations with every human being we ...   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.


42.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... possible slip.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.181  
4. Because every time I do it I take out a little more insurance for myself against a possible slip.


43.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... possible source of emotional stability to be ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.116  
When we developed still more, we discovered the best possible source of emotional stability to be God Himself.


44.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... possible that all the religious people I ...   BB We Agnostics, p.56  
But later, alone in his room, he asked himself this question: "Is it possible that all the religious people I have known are wrong?"


45.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... possible that no deep-lying emotional handicap in ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.119  
They need to be as sure as possible that no deep-lying emotional handicap in either will be likely to rise up under later pressures to cripple them.


46.
View STEP THREE essay   ... possible to anyone.   12&12 Step Three, p.34  
We saw that we were powerless over alcohol, but we also perceived that faith of some kind, if only in A.A. itself, is possible to anyone.


47.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... possible to dig up past misdeeds so ...   BB The Family Afterward, p.124  
It is possible to dig up past misdeeds so they become a blight, a veritable plague.


48.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... possible to have a full and useful ...   BB To Wives, p.111  
It is possible to have a full and useful life, though your husband continues to drink.


49.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... possible, to stick to our own stories.   BB The Family Afterward, p.125  
We find it better, when possible, to stick to our own stories.


50.
View STEP TEN essay   ... possible, to times deliberately set aside for ...   12&12 Step Ten, pp.90-91  
The consideration of long-standing difficulties had better be postponed, when possible, to times deliberately set aside for that purpose.


51.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... possible union can be made -- spiritual, mental, ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.117  
Nearly every sound human being experiences, at some time in life, a compelling desire to find a mate of the opposite sex with whom the fullest possible union can be made -- spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical.


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