To be self-supporting through my own contributions was never
a strong characteristic during my days as a practicing alcoholic.
The giving of time or money always demanded a price tag.
As a newcomer I was told "we have to give it
away in order to keep it." As I began to adopt the principles
of Alcoholics Anonymous in my life, I soon found it was a
privilege to give to the Fellowship as an expression of the
gratitude I felt in my heart. My love of God and of others
became the motivating factor in my life, with no thought of
return. I realize now that giving freely is God's way of expressing
Himself through me.