Those who know how to play can easily leap over the adversaries of life. One who knows how to sing and laugh never brew mischief.

Iglulik Eskimo Proverb


We have been speaking to you of serious, sometimes tragic things. We have been dealing with alcohol in its worst aspect. But we aren't a glum lot. If newcomers could see no joy or fun in our existence, they wouldn't want it. We absolutely insist on enjoying life. We try not to indulge in cynicism over the state of the nations, nor do we carry the world's troubles on our shoulders. When we see a man sinking into the mire that is alcoholism, we give him first aid and place what we have at his disposal. For his sake, we do recount and almost relive the horrors of our past. But for those of us who have tried to shoulder the entire burden and trouble of others find we are soon overcome by them.

So we think cheerfulness and laughter make for usefulness. Outsiders are sometimes shocked when we burst out in merriment over a seemingly tragic experience out of the past. But why shouldn't we laugh? We have recovered, and been given the power to help others.

Big Book  pg. 132


Grandfather, Great Spirit, help us to remember to enjoy today. Help us! Help us to remember to play, help us to remember to laugh! Thank you, Great Spirit.