of others has never come easily to me. Even when I try to
work the A.A. program, I'm prone to thinking, "How do I
feel today. Am I happy, joyous and free?"
The program tells me that my
thoughts must reach out to those around me: "Would
that newcomer welcome someone to talk to?" "That person looks
a little unhappy today, maybe I could cheer him up." It is
only when I forget my problems, and reach out to contribute
something to others that I can begin to attain the serenity
and God-consciousness I seek.