• Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship designed and administered by a bunch of ex drunks whose only qualification for membership is that they can’t hold their grog and don’t want to learn how.
  • It has no rules, dues or fees – nothing that any sensible organisation seems to require.
  • At meetings, the speakers start on one subject and end up talking about something entirely different, concluding by saying I don’t really know anything about the programme except that it works.
  • The groups are always broke but always seem to have money; they are always losing members, but always seem to grow; they claim A.A. is a selfish program but always seem to be doing things for others.
  • Every group passes laws, rules, edicts and pronouncements which everyone blithely ignores.
  • Member’s who disagree with anything, are privileged to walk out in a huff – only to return as if nothing had happened, and to be greeted accordingly.
  • Nothing is planned more than 24 hours ahead – yet great projects are born and survive magnificently.
  • Nothing in A.A. is according to Hoyle – how can it survive?
  • Perhaps it is because we have learned to laugh at ourselves: God made man – He made laughter too.
  • Perhaps He is pleased with our efforts and makes everything right no matter who pushes the wrong buttons.
  • Maybe He is pleased not with our perfections but with our sincerity.
  • Maybe He is pleased because we are trying to be nobody but ourselves.
  • We don’t know how, but it works, and members keep receiving their dividend checks from the A.A. Investment.

Related Reading:

I Need To Stop Drinking!
If You Loved Me, You'd Stop! What You Really Need to Know When Your Loved One Drinks Too Much
Under the Influence: A Guide to the Myths and Realities of Alcoholism
Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Trade Edition