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I am here by the will of the Great Spirit.

Cochise  Apache




Under the lash of alcoholism, we are driven to A.A., and there we discover the fatal nature of our situation. Then, and only then, do we become as open-minded to conviction and as willing as the dying can. We stand ready to do anything which will lift the merciless obsession from us.

Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions  pg. 24





When we encountered A.A., the fallacy of our defiance was revealed. At no time had we asked what God's will was for us; instead we had been telling Him what it ought to be. No man, we saw, could believe in God and defy Him, too. Belief meant reliance, not defiance. In A.A. we saw the fruits of this belief: men and women spared from alcohol's final catastrophe. We saw them meet and transcend their other pains and trials. We saw them calmly accept impossible situations, seeking neither to run nor recriminate. This was not only faith; it was faith that worked under all conditions. We soon concluded that whatever price in humility we must pay, we would pay.

Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions  pg. 31





Great Spirit may I remember I am here by your will.