From the July 1985 magazine.

A Close Shave

WHEN I FIRST came to AA (over thirty-eight years ago now), I tried every suggestion in order to kick the bottle. One was to take the Twelve Steps list, cut off each Step, and put the twelve pieces of paper into my shaving kit. (I was a traveling salesman.) Each morning as I reached in for my razor, I'd pull out one of the Steps. This would be the Step I'd concentrate on that day.

Obviously, the original kit was long ago abandoned, along with that little gimmick. But packing for a vacation recently, while getting a couple of practicing alcoholics into the hospital with all the usual confusion and hurry, I somehow threw the old kit into my luggage. By the time I got to the beach, I was pretty tuckered out and was thinking something like this: "You're worn out getting these guys to agree to go to the hospital, arranging to see a doctor, getting them to and into the hospital, and trying to take care of their loose ends. You're no spring chicken any longer. Isn't it about time you slowed down on this twelfth-stepping and thought of yourself more?"

-- D. T.

Comer, Georgia

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