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Carry the AA Message

WHEN I attend meetings and there is a lengthy pause between shares, the secretary will say, 'I would like to remind the group of Tradition Five...".

WHEN I attend meetings and there is a lengthy pause between shares, the secretary will say, “I would like to remind the group of Tradition Five…”. Even though I often find quiet pauses a time for prayer or reflection, the secretary’s prompt reminds me of my primary purpose. AA’s singleness of purpose is to carry the message to the alcoholic who still suffers - and that’s not just newcomers, there might be people in the room who are finding life a little too 'lifey'! 

Living in the solution, I have found a way out. I am in the lifeboat of AA, the obsession to drink has left me and I have a new pair of glasses, a new outlook upon life, a life that is filled with love, joy and peace. I need to share this message so that others can also receive identification, know they are not alone, find hope that there is a solution, and to be attracted to this new way of life which is on offer and is more rewarding than they ever dreamed possible. There’s more to stopping drinking than stopping drinking! 

This Tradition also reminds me of how grateful I truly am. I have a good life, am happy (I never thought I could be sober AND happy) with a Power in my life, a Programme that works under all conditions to keep me sober, sane and free, one day at a time.

Finally, one part of the AA triangle is service and this Tradition reminds me to be of service; to share the solution, to think of others and be part of the group, of AA as a whole and of whichever meeting I’m attending.

The Big Book tells me that I must give it away to keep it, so by being of service I also get to keep the gift, the miracle, the blessing that is AA, just for today.

LiF
MICHELLE, Plymouth