We have Three Legacies in A.A.: Recovery, Unity and Service.  Legacy is defined as ‘something transmitted from an ancestor or from the past.’  In other words it is what we pass on to others; our very Program, as written and designated in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.  Recovery is but a beginning, but it is the basis of A.A.  Unity is the combining of our “fellows” in the form of groups, and in our efforts to keep the Program “alive,” that it will be there for future members.  And lastly, but not in the least is Service – this is what keeps the doors open for the newcomers.  We are self-supporting through our own contributions, and it is through this spirit of service that we pass on what has been given to us.  I am blessed to be sober.  I can claim this sobriety through the Program, and following the Steps I come to Step Twelve which reads thusly:  “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”

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