From the February 2012 magazine.

February 2012: The Cup of Life

We have a saying in AA where I live: “Looking for a relationship in AA is like shopping for a new car in a wrecker’s yard!” Not only recovering alcoholics but all sorts of emotionally immature people can make impulsive blunders in the relationship area. But the price they pay for relationship folly usually does not include insanity and death! Hence AA’s caution not to start relationships in the first year of recovery that is urged upon newcomers.

Sure it’s hard having to “do life” guided by a higher set of principles than non-recovering folk can get by on—damn hard! But the Big Book says, “Yes, there is a long period of reconstruction ahead” and that must be our primary purpose in AA—not bedding that luscious newcomer!

-- Graham M.

Canberra, Australia

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