"...the sacred ceremonies given to us by the Creator are the Heart
of our existence. These ceremonies are our first
Traditional Circle of Elders
is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our
laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe.
We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve
contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition. Every day is a
day when we must carry the vision of God's will into all of our
activities. "How can I best serve Thee--Thy will (not mine) be done."
These are thoughts which must go with us constantly. We can exercise
our will power along this line all we wish. It is the proper use of the
Big Book pg. 85
…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 those of
us who have tried to shoulder the entire burden and trouble of others
find we are soon overcome by them.
we think cheerfulness and laughter make for usefulness. Outsiders are
sometimes shocked when we burst into merriment over a seemingly tragic
experience out of the past. But why shouldn't we laugh? We have recovered,
and have been given the power to help
Big Book pg. 132
Creator let me carry the gift of sobriety to another suffering alcoholic.