From the September 1947 magazine.

Mail Call for All A.A.s at Home Or Abroad

First Things First!

My experience has taught me that, above all others, the 1st Step is of the utmost importance. And because of the stubbornness which seems to be a natural part of alcoholic thinking, I think this Step is probably the most difficult of all to take. It is easy to say we take it, but to actually and permanently know that we cannot handle that first drink is indeed difficult. I know because I have had several so-called "slips" and I know from those experiences that the real difficulty was that deep within my thinking I still had not admitted that I could not handle alcohol. It has been many months since my last slip and I am earnestly praying that at last I am fully convinced.

-- M.T.W.

Jackson, Mississippi

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