From the February 2012 magazine.

A Pillar of AA

His Higher Power showed him what it meant to be of service in a humble way

Back in the middle 70's, when I was new to AA, I heard Shorty H., a past Washington Area delegate from the 1960s, speak. Since I had only a few days in AA, I didn't relate to most of what he was talking about or what he said. However, he did speak about something that interested me. He spoke about wanting to be "a pillar of AA." In order to do that, he became involved in service, believing that would help him to feel more a part of AA and, possibly, a bit more worthy of AA. He said that, even as a delegate, he didn't feel "worthy enougth" to be a pillar of AA, but he kept trying and kept wondering what it was and how do you get to be one? Then Shorty started talking about his AA experiences after he rotated out from being a delegate.

He was a traveling salesman whose territory was Eastern Washington. As he traveled around, he stopped in various places to attend AA meetings. One night he stopped at the reservation. There was a meeting scheduled, so he went. When he entered the room, there was an older Native American man sitting at a table, with a book and a basket. Shorty asked if this was where AA met. The man said yes, so they visited a bit.

-- Knoba D.


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