have we learned as we passed through the various stages
of A.A. absorption? What are the things that make today
so worthwhile? What has been given us for future guidance?
that through Gods guidance and Grace, it is possible
to live in perfect sobriety, enjoying a greater than
normal share of happiness and understanding.
that in God we find we have an ever available haven when
troubled or goaded by fear or despair---an ever ready
guidance, if we but seek with a willingness to follow.
that the spirit of God is an ever-present force, understanding,
forgiving, loving, and guiding those who seek direction
and try to live in accordance with His teachings---teachings
upon which is founded our A.A. program of Faith, Tolerance,
Humility, and Service.
we have learned, too, that the program so simply stated
provides a straight and undeviating pathway to our goal.
We need no further guides, guards, bosses, or directors.
The way is open, its up to us.
that the program goes beyond meetings---beyond our own
little alcoholic world and our homes, when practiced in
all our affairs.
we are awakened to a realization that we have and must
assume obligations and responsibilities---that we owe
so much and can repay so little.
we find that work is the motivating power of our lives.
It vitalizes Faith, produces accomplishment. Dryness without
work is hunger partially satisfied - Faith without work
we acknowledge that the rights of others must be considered
first. There is little danger that we shall forget to
look to our own.
we also find that the I and We judge and jury
attitude has no place in a program of humility.
that resentments include more than well nursed grudges
of long standing. The word has many synonyms including:
anger, animosity, irascibility, and wrathful indignation.
we have found that one of the hardest tasks is to be unselfishly
truthful to ourselves, and we have seen truth reborn in
the statements and actions of fellow members.
and most important, we have discovered a capacity for
true thankfulness, for the innumerable things large and
small that are our daily lot.
with meditation on past and present, we move on through
life, secure in the admonition to look up to where there
is an intelligence from which comes all intellect---recognize
the source which sustains us and gives us courage and
Source: Provided by District 73 Archives for the
NIA History Project and placed in NIA Archives, March
1995. copyright © 1996
NIA, Ltd. and used with permission.