From the February 1985 magazine.

Who Carries the Message?

We all do, in a surprising variety of ways

THE MIDDLE part of our Twelfth Step reads, "we tried to carry this message to alcoholics," and our AA Preamble concludes with "Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety," Naturally, the best way we can help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety is by trying to carry the AA message to them. Unfortunately, many people in our Fellowship believe that the only way they can carry the message is by one-to-one contact with the still-suffering alcoholic.

I disagree. True, that may be the best way, but it is not the only way. Once people sober up in AA, when they walk down the street holding their heads high, with smiles on their faces, their eyes clear and shining with enthusiasm, they are carrying the message to those who remember them as hopeless drunks. Their former drinking pals can easily see a marked change, and chances are very good that someone will ask what it is.

-- G. T.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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