From the July 1956 magazine.

. . .And Became Willing

A MONTH or so ago, while leading a meeting, I found myself closing with a few words on the subject of willingness. Both speakers had referred to this particular quality of spirit which is so essential to our success in the attainment of sobriety. It seemed an appropriate note on which to close.

What I said, in effect, was that the word 'willingness' was one of the most beautiful words in our language, a sound as musical as the feeling that it represents; its euphony was only surpassed by its opposite, 'unwillingness.' Man, I thought, is constantly torn between these two attitudes of spirit: the seductive charm of the former and the exquisite harlotry of the latter.

-- B. E.

Greenwich, Connecticut

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