From "Better Times", newsletter of Intergroup
of Greater Toronto Area, June 2002
Pyramid Method of Sobriety
© The A.A.
Grapevine, Inc. - Date Unknown
The Egyptians built pyramids layer by layer. A rectangular
array of block, then a second layer, smaller in area,
then a third smaller still, until, their job complete,
they placed the last, single stone atop the lot.
sobriety seems to be based on an inverted pyramid.
I walked in the doors of AA, they told me "Don't
pick up a drink today." It is still my theme: I have
started a new life based on a single building block: "I
haven't had a drink today."
that block is in place, I can add a second layer: I am
able to function (wash, eat, sleep, do laundry) and on
that second layer, a third: I read a book while doing
laundry -- I don't pass time in the bar; I take pride
in what I eat or cook.
layers are added. Now that I am looking after my immediate
needs and making myself presentable to the outside world,
I can make a living in the workplace, an honest living.
layers: I can learn.
more layers: I can learn to apologize when I have done
layer: Faith, Trust and compassion. These would be heady
subjects if I hadn't discovered decency in myself, which
is based on my not drinking.
the Egyptians, I won't ever come to an end of my work.
Heaven is the limit of my aspirations as a co-builder
of a better self.
unlike the Egyptians, I'm not building a testament to
death. I'm building a testament to a way of life.