Daily Reflections

August 30

THE ONLY REQUIREMENT. . .

"At one time . . . every A.A. group had many membership rules. Everybody was scared witless that something or somebody would capsize the boat. . . .The total list was a mile long. If all those rules had been in effect everywhere, nobody could have possibly joined A.A. at all,. . . "

TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 139-140

    I'm grateful that the Third Tradition only requires of me a desire to stop drinking. I had been breaking promises for years. In the fellowship I didn't have make promises. I didn't have to concentrate. It only required my attending one meeting, in a foggy condition, to know I was home. I didn't have to pledge undying love. Here, strangers hugged me. "It gets better," they said, and "One day at a time, you can do it." They were no longer strangers, but caring friends. I ask God to help me to reach out to people desiring sobriety, and to, please, keep me grateful!

 
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