Daily Reflections

January 25

WHAT WE NEED -- EACH OTHER

...A.A. is really saying to every serious drinker, "You are an A.A. member if you say so ... nobody can keep you out."

TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 139

      For years, whenever I reflected on Tradition Three ("The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking"), I thought it valuable only to newcomers.  It was their guarantee that no one could bar them from A.A.  Today I feel enduring gratitude for the spiritual development the Tradition has brought me. I don't seek out people obviously different from myself.  Tradition Three, concentrating on the one way I am similar to others, brought me to know and help every kind of alcoholic, just as they have helped me.  Charlotte, the atheist, showed me higher standards of ethics and honor; Clay, of another race, taught me patience; Winslow, who is gay, led me by example into true compassion; Young Megan says that seeing me at meetings, sober thirty years, keeps her coming back.  Tradition Three insured that we would get what we need -- each other.

 
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