From the March 1955 magazine.

From the Grass Roots

THE THIRD STEP

WHEN I first came into AA, eager-beaver style I galloped through the Twelve Steps (or thought I was taking them) with great enthusiasm. As for admitting my shortcomings to God, myself, and another human being, I button-holed all my friends and poured out my sins into any ears I could find until I must have become the village bore. I also dashed around trying to "convert" other alcoholics, or at least hard-drinkers, to my new way of life, so that it is a wonder anyone tolerated me at all.

With all this missionary work, and self-immolation of confessing my sins, apologizing for past wrongs, and converting the multitude, I was sidestepping a certain step myself--the Third.

-- Anonymous

Gulf Coast, Florida

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