From the June 1951 magazine.

Your Slip's Showing

LET'S talk a while about this matter of slippers. It's one that seems to be always causing concern in AA--and yet there's no reason, really, for all the tragedy. Oh I know it's disappointing to see a fellow or a girl you've come to know, and like, suddenly going off the deep end. Maybe you've been meeting him at meetings--looking forward to seeing him there--talking to him--growing to understand him. And then--all of a sudden--you miss him. He doesn't come to the meetings any more. He's been drinking again, you hear. He's had a slip.

Of course it mayn't occur to you--as it didn't always occur to me--that perhaps you've been overlooking one very essential factor in AA: that we're all liable, any one of us, to go off the deep end at any time if we don't watch out. And so perhaps we musn't take ourselves--and one another--too much for granted. We're all of us, as we must always keep in mind, very vulnerable.

-- C. C.

Montreal, Quebec

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