126 Key Word – I

126 Key Word – I

In our Big Book the word I is used 7214 times, in our 4th addition, so I have to say that it is a Key Word. What is my favorite use of the word I from the Big Book? First I am reminded there are but a few times the word I is used in the first 164 pages most of them are use in telling the personal stories. Some of my favorite use of the word I are the following:

• "I was to know happiness, peace, and usefulness, in a way of life that is incredibly more wonderful as time passes." P8 – This has turned out to be so very true for me. One who came to this Program not knowing any real happiness, peace. My life was useless until I found this way of life, which is loving, wise and useful purpose.

• "God I offer myself to Thee-to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me from the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always. P63 – This Third Step Prayer needs no comment.

• "My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character, which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding." Amen. P76 - This is our Seven Step Prayer and like the Third Step Prayer needs no comment from me.

• "I spend a great deal of time passing on what I learned to others who want and need it badly." P180 – I identify with Dr. Bob, AA’s co-founder.


1. What is your favorite use of the word I from the Big Book?

2. How often do you use the word I in an hour or a day?

3. Since you joined A.A. do you feel self-conscious when you use the word I a little too often?

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Action is the magic word.