I come into contact with a newcomer, do I have a tendency
to look at him from my perceived angle of success in A.A.?
Do I compare him with the large number of acquaintances I
have made in the Fellowship? Do I point out to him in a magisterial
way the voice of A.A.? What is my real attitude toward
him? I must examine myself whenever I meet a newcomer to make
sure that I am carrying the message with simplicity, humility
and generosity. The one who still suffers from the terrible
disease of alcoholism must find in me a friend who will allow
him to get to know the A.A. way, because I had such a friend
when I arrived in A.A. Today it is my turn to hold out my
hand, with love, to my sister or brother alcoholic, and show
her or him the way to happiness.