Daily Reflections

February 29

TRUE TOLERANCE

The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.  

TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 139

      I first heard the short form of the Third Tradition in the Preamble.  When I came to A.A. I could not accept myself, my alcoholism, or a Higher Power.  If there had been any physical, mental, moral, or religious requirements for membership, I would be dead today.  Bill W. said in his tape on the Traditions that the Third Tradition is a charter for individual freedom.  But the most impressive thing to me was the feeling of acceptance from members who were practicing the Third Tradition by tolerating and accepting me.  I feel acceptance is love and love is God's will for us. 

 
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