“The unique ability
of each A. A.
to identify himself with,
and bring recovery to,
the newcomer in no way
depends upon his learning,
his eloquence, or any special
The only thing is that he is an alcoholic who has found the key to sobriety.”
Twelve and Twelve, pp. 150-151
Identify, do not compare.
The alcoholic who has found the key to sobriety
knows that it is a Higher Power
that has performed the miracle
and in no way has he or his ego been responsible
for his relief from the obsession and compulsion to drink.
Showing up at a meeting is a message to the newcomer
that the program works, even if you never say one word.
Smile, laugh, hug a friend, and nod your head
in agreement when you hear the speaker share
their experience, strength and hope.
Your Higher Power will give you the chance and
the talents and skills needed to carry the message,
the choice is yours to reach out
and welcome the still suffering.
Recovery is one day at a time.
Sobriety is a blessing from our Higher Power.
ME and the Boss
And, if no one has told you yet today,
God loves you and so do we.