Practice These Principles
Living the Spiritual Disciplines and Virtues in 12-Step Recovery

Reflections in Recovery    

This page continues to explore the themes and principles introduced in the book Practice These Principles, building on them and bringing further insights from experience, study, and reflection.

Of necessity, most of the writings here will be of a more personal nature than those found elsewhere on this site. They will nevertheless still focus on the spiritual principles of the program and continue to adhere to the principle of anonymity.

Most of the Reflections are posted on PTP's Goodreads and Amazon pages, and some on Facebook. Clicking on the icons above leads to the posts on those sites. Clicking on the title link below leads to the post on this page. Posts are shown here in chronological order, with latest first.

[Image: Bill W.'s desk at Wit's End, his studio at Stepping Stones.]

Step 8: It's Not Just About the List (Posted 08/27/19)

"I'm Ray, and I'm an Alcoholic" (Posted 06/27/19)

A New Pair of Glasses (Posted 04/23/19)

Can I Put You on Hold? (Posted 04/26/18)

AA and the Oxford Group (Posted 02/28/18)

Watch Your Mouth: Cursing in Meetings (Posted 02/01/17)

And When We Were Wrong (Posted 08/30/16)

(Posted 04/30/16)

One Pedal at a Time
(Posted 03/31/16)

Attraction Rather Than Promotion
(Posted 01/28/16)

Truth? What Is Truth?
(Posted 02/29/15) 

A Longing Transformed
(Posted July 28, 2014)

How Important Is It? 
(November 7, 2013)

"Bill W. and Dr. Bob”: Your Story and Mine (September 21, 2013) 

Keep the Memory Green
 (September 1, 2013)

Second Thoughts: Decisions, Reason, and Emotion
(July 13, 2013)

Man Knows not His Time
 (May 7, 2013)

Dying to Self, or Ego Deflation
(April 10, 2013)

Experience, Strength, and Hope
 (February 24, 2013)

Love and Service
(February 2, 2013)

When We Change
(February 18, 2013)

The Slogans of Step 3
(October 23, 2012)

Surrender: Transitive and Intransive
(October 8, 2012)

"I'm Grateful to Be Sober, But . . .
" (September 12, 2012)

Billy’s Death
(June 25, 2012)


Religion and Spirituality: The Matter of Obedience 
(March 28, 2012)