The Only Requirement to Join Alcoholics Anonymous
“At one time every AA group had many membership rules.
Everybody was scared witless that something or somebody would capsize the boat.
The total list was a mile long. If all those rules had been in effect everywhere nobody could have joined AA at all”
12 Steps and 12 Traditions, pp. 139-40
I am grateful that the Third Tradition only requires of me to stop drinking. I had been breaking promises for years.
In the Fellowship I didn’t have to make promises, I didn’t have to concentrate.
It only required my attending one meeting in a foggy condition, to know I was home.
I didn’t have to pledge undying love. Here, strangers hugged me.
“ It gets better,” they said, and “ one day at a time, you can do it.”They were no longer strangers, but caring friends.
I ask God to help me reach out to people desiring sobriety, and to, please, keep me grateful!
Daily Reflections, page 251. August 30th.