How much it means to me that an unbroken tradition
of more than half a century is a thread that connects me to
Bill W. and Dr. Bob. How much more grounded I feel to be in
a Fellowship whose aims are constant and unflagging. I am
grateful that the energies of A.A. have never been scattered,
but focused instead on our members and on individual sobriety.
My beliefs are what make me human;
I am free to hold any opinion, but A.A.'s purpose-- so clearly
stated fifty years ago--is for me to keep sober. That purpose
has promoted round-the-clock meeting schedules, and the thousands
of intergroup and central service offices, with their thousands
of volunteers. Like the sun focused through a magnifying glass, A.A.'s
single vision has lit a fire of faith in sobriety in millions
of hearts, including mine.