An AA is the fellowship of hot coffee around a table . . . laughter . . . a handshake that says more than a thousand words,
An AA is a striving toward humility . . . and a daily effort to know who and what we really are, and what we can become,
An AA is a getting up at midnight when the, telephone rings, a hurried trip to the side of one in need, a silent prayer for the help of the Higher Power in this mission that may mean life itself,
An AA is a businessman, a professor, a man whose name is known to millions and a farm hand who never left the farm,
An AA is a robed figure on the bench in a Skid Row Court, a fresh frock making beds at 11 o’clock in the morning, a shirtsleeves reading the paper and understanding what he reads,
An AA is the memory of a man named Bill, a doctor named Bob, and a fierce admitted pride in being a part of what was given to them and through them to the world,
An AA is a willingness to pray, an open mind, an eagerness to share a Godly gift with one who seeks it.
An AA is selfishness suddenly turned inside out, willfulness surrendered, to return as the Will of God, hopelessness hammered back into the shape of hope.
WHAT IS CONSCIENCE? I’ve heard many a definition from pulpit and platform, I have read even more in books written by great philosophers. But one of the most memorable, if perhaps the most light hearted, comes from a schoolboy, “Conscience,” he said solemnly after a moment’s thought’ “is something that makes you tell your mother before your sister does,”
The Shared Gift – AA is more than a set of principles; it is a society of alcoholics in action, We must carry the message, else we ourselves can wither and those who haven’t been given the truth may die. From the “AA Way of Life” (Third Legacy Manual)