"Growth is a painful process."
Wilma Mankiller Cherokee
Someone once remarked that pain is the touchstone of spiritual progress. How heartily we A.A.'s can agree with him, for we know that the pains of alcoholism had to come before sobriety, and emotional turmoil before serenity.
Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions pgs. 93 & 94
A.A. is no success story in the ordinary sense of the word. It is a story of suffering transmuted, under grace, into spiritual progress.
Bill W. Letter 1959
Believe more deeply. Hold your face up to the Light, even though for the moment you do not see.
Bill W. Letter 1950
Creator give us strength to see the good things of our suffering.