Practicing the A.A. program is like building a house. First
I had to pour a big, thick concrete slab on which to erect
the house; that, to me, was the equivalent of stopping drinking.
But it's pretty uncomfortable living on a concrete slab, unprotected
and exposed to the heat, cold, wind and rain. So I built
a room on the slab by starting to practice the program. The
first room was rickety because I wasn't used to the work.
But as time passed, as I practiced the program, I learned
to build better rooms. The more I practiced, and the
more I built, the more comfortable, and happy, was the home
I now have to live in.