Friday, 30 May 2014


What I have found works. That means that I need not be concerned with what others do, what others think, what works for others, or what does not work for others.

I need not criticise any belief, attitude, idea, or action espoused or practised by anyone else in AA.

I need only be the channel. And the channel has no business having opinions on others. I tell my story, explain the actions I took, and show others how they worked.

If people want to feed at other troughs in AA, that is great. Tradition Three tells me that they are welcome, and the Big Book suggests that I am most useful when I respect those people and their opinions and experiences.

Inventory questions: do I ever criticise anyone, any idea, any belief, any action, any movement in AA, any group, any meeting, any practice, any aspect of AA?

Or do I trust that God working through my experience of what is good, what is sound, what is effective, and what is borne only of love with courage instead of fear will change the world, without any attack against the darkness on my part being required?

Do I trust that God draws straight lines with broken pencils?

Do I trust that God works through people in all sorts of different ways and that others have become more well than me using methods I might otherwise scorn?

In short: do I trust that light is sufficient to dispel darkness, or do I try to attack darkness in its own terms?


Anonymous said...

My concept that opens the door of willingness to change is just an idea: it's the key that opens the door- the power that actually does the opening is the same for everyone, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

Yes: "God as we understood Him" is not "My God and your God etc."- the understanding is surely individual (and some, of course choose to believe there is no God) but the power that drives sobriety is universal, in the same way that the electricity that illuminates different light-bulbs is the same force regardless of the model of light-bulb.