For years, whenever I reflected on Tradition Three (“The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking”), I thought it valuable only to newcomers. It was their guarantee that no one could bar them from A.A. Today I feel enduring gratitude for the spiritual development the Tradition has brought me. I don’t seek out people obviously different from myself. Tradition Three, concentrating on the one way I am similar to others, brought me to know and help every kind of alcoholic, just as they have helped me. Charlotte, the atheist, showed me higher standards of ethics and honor; Clay, of another race, taught me patience; Winslow, who is gay, led me by example into true compassion; Young Megan says that seeing me at meetings, sober thirty years, keeps her coming back. Tradition Three insured that we would get what we need — each other.(Daily Reflections)


3 thoughts on “WHAT WE NEED-EACH OTHER

  1. Early in my recovery I made a resolve to “Pay Attention to the Wisdom of the Ages”
    Here is an example.

    Maxims on Friendship “A friend is another self.”

    “God commands us to make friends so that we can help one another.”
    “Our most intimate friends are those with whom we can share our innermost feelings.” “If there were no friends in the world, there would be no joy.” —Matteo Ricci, SJ, in Ignatian Humanism, Ron Modras

    Friendship is a great gift in the Ignatian view. The Society of Jesus emerged from a circle of close friends who gathered around Ignatius. He thought that human friendship was one of God’s greatest gifts, mirroring the intimate relationship we have with God. Who are your friends? What can you do to strengthen your friendships?

    Talk to God about this.

    Manney, Jim. An Ignatian Book of Days

    AA is a Marvelous example, a fellowship of attraction where such as this happens.

    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic and devoted twelve stepper.

  2. The knowing of ourselves…so that we may know and be known by others.
    AA let me allow that that marvellous process begin.
    Grateful for the Gift

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