From the August 2013 magazine.

August 2013: Get a Backbone, Not a Wishbone

A man looks back on 52 years in AA

I got sober in 1961. I asked Bill W. years ago why we call the Steps the Steps. He said that we climb up with dignity. He also told me we experience the Steps. At times in sobriety we are uncomfortable, and they enable us to pick out what we can change to get comfortable again. They help us quit running from ourselves, our lives and our Higher Powers.

I was at the Babylon group one Monday night. I was early, and this woman was putting out the ashtrays. Her name was Wilma M. I said to her, “I’m afraid of living and scared of dying.” Wilma looked at me and said, “You are not a has-been, you are a never-was. Better get a backbone instead of a wishbone.”

-- Michael S.

Port St. Lucie, Florida

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