Anytime I connect to the Fellowship and the Program of Alcoholics Anonymous, I find a place to emerge from the tide of worldly concerns, and rest for a moment or two. AA is where I find refuge from the self-centered orientation of many people making their way in the world. It is the island of honest communication in a sea of posturing and image guarding. I feel very fortunate to have someplace to go where people instantly understand my quirky thinking. This place is readily accessible to me, and essentially free of cost. It is consistent, reassuring, and safe. It gives me a new vantage point, from which I can travel in any direction. AA is the strand of tranquility always there for me to find.