Endigar 529 ~ The Only Requirement . . .
From Today’s Daily Reflections;
“At one time . . . every A.A. group had many membership rules. Everybody was scared witless that something or somebody would capsize the boat. . . .The total list was a mile long. If all those rules had been in effect everywhere, nobody could have possibly joined A.A. at all, . . .” (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pages 139 – 140)
I’m grateful that the Third Tradition only requires of me a desire to stop drinking. I had been breaking promises for years. In the Fellowship I didn’t have to make promises, I didn’t have to concentrate. It only required my attending one meeting, in a foggy condition, to know I was home. I didn’t have to pledge undying love. Here, strangers hugged me. “It gets better,” they said, and “One day at a time, you can do it.” They were no longer strangers, but caring friends. I ask God to help me to reach out to people desiring sobriety, and to, please, keep me grateful!
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I think AA does not need rules and requirements because Alcohol indirectly continues to provide them for us. If I want alcohol out of my life, I must have spirituality in it. I think absolute free will is an intoxicating illusion. If I desire to live, I must eat, drink, and breath. I cannot choose to live without food, water, or air. We live in a Universe of hidden requirements. That is especially true for the alcoholic.
The real tyrant for self-aware beings such as the human species is death. Mortality is the God of carbon-based existence, and alcohol is one of its many evangelists. AA cannot override death but it can prevent us from ending life in a humiliating alcoholic tragedy.
I am grateful for the inclusive nature of this fellowship. My gratitude was first for the separation from alcohol. As I continue forward, I am grateful for the prospect of immortality through a spiritual awakening. The ideal of free will becomes a possibility where death has been vanquished.
Until then, I have learned that a desire to stop drinking is more powerful than a promise to do so. So it appears to me that desire is the closest thing to immortal free will that I can achieve in this flesh at this time. If I were a dog, the choices would be life on a chain of isolated self will or life on a leash, which is being bound to a force greater than myself. The only requirement is a desire to be as free as Gomu (God of my understanding) can make me.