This day was appointed by the Great Spirit for us to see one another. It makes my heart as glad to enter your house as it does when I enter my own home.
Chief Lowrey Cherokee
Many people wonder how A.A. can function under seeming anarchy. Other societies have to have law and force and sanction and punishment, administered by authorized people. Happily for us, we found that we need no human authority whatever. We have two authorities which are far more effective. One is benign, the other malign.
There is God, our Father, who very simply says, "I am waiting for you to do my will." The other authority is John Barleycorn, and he says, "You had better do God's will or I will kill you."
AA Comes of Age pg. 105
Yes, there is a substitute and it is vastly more than that. It is a fellowship in Alcoholics Anonymous. There you will find release from care, boredom and worry. Your imagination will be fired. Life will mean something at last. The most satisfactory years of your existence lie ahead. Thus we find the fellowship, and so will you.
Big Book pg. 152
Grandfather make our hearts glad.