From the November 1960 magazine.

. . . Comes the Moment to Decide. . .

"MADE a decision. . . ." The opening words of the Third Step have an especially wide application for most of us in AA(r) To me, this business of making a decision goes far beyond its specific Third Step meaning of turning our lives over to a Higher Power and into the more ordinary machinery of day-to-day living.

An AA friend writes me that "making decisions is something that we either did compulsively and incorrectly or never at all because we were blanketed in so much fear of making the wrong ones." This may overstate the case slightly, for I'm sure I'm not the only drunk who can look back on some impulsive and besotted decisions that turned out, happily, to be quite correct, and more recently some sober ones that have been nearly disastrous. Still, I know very well what she means and I have qualified more times than I care to remember in both divisions, going off half-cocked and being tied by fear and guilt to an immobility only a hair's breadth from the catalytic frozen stance of insanity.

-- A. H.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

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