Bill Wilson, AA co-founder
A Full and Thankful Heart
One exercise that I practice is to try for a full inventory of my blessings and then for a right acceptance of the many gifts that are mine — both temporal and spiritual.
Here I try to achieve a state of joyful gratitude.
When such a brand of gratitude is repeatedly affirmed and pondered, it can finally displace the natural tendency to congratulate myself on whatever progress I may have been enabled to make in some areas of living.
I try to hold fast to the truth that a full and thankful heart cannot entertain great conceits.
When brimming with gratitude, one’s heartbeat must surely result in outgoing love, the finest emotion that we can ever know.
AA GRAPEVINE, MARCH 1962