From the June 1980 magazine.

Learning to Identify

IT'S AMAZING how often we AAs repeat words and phrases from the Big Book in meetings and in talking to one another and never really seem to hear what's being said, never apply the words to ourselves. At least, I do it.

Yet, every so often, something happens--usually when a person is sharing his or her story. A part of it captures my attention; I relate to it, apply it to myself, and come to see a side of my personality previously hidden from me. When this happens, growth often takes place with little pain. I like that. As an AA friend often says, "We can go to school on one another and it doesn't have to hurt so much."

-- A. J.

Columbus, Ohio

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