Our chief has always
taught us: You must be humble. Whoever you are and whatever you do you must be
humble. Then you will be considerate of others and you will be happy.
newcomer is told, and soon realizes for himself, that his humble admission of
powerlessness over alcohol is his first step toward liberation from its
it is that we see humility as a necessity. But this is the barest beginning. To
get completely away from our aversion to the idea of being humble, to gain a
vision of humility as the avenue to true freedom of the human spirit, to be
willing to work for humility as something to be desired for itself, takes most
of us a long, long time. A whole lifetime geared to self-centeredness cannot be
set in reverse all at once.
Steps & Twelve Traditions pgs. 72 & 73
Absolute humility would consist of a state of complete freedom from myself, freedom from all the claims that my defects of character now lay so heavily upon me. Perfect humility would be a full willingness, in all times and places, to find and do the will of God.
I meditate upon such a vision, I need not be dismayed because I shall never
attain it, nor need I swell with presumption that one of these days its virtues
shall all be mine.
AA Grapevine June 1961
Spirit let me walk in humility.