From the June 1956 magazine.

!. . .I Forgot. . .I Am Sick, Too. . .!

GOSSIPING about others is one of the easiest ways of pulling out the foundation blocks of your own sobriety. Today I found myself arguing heatedly with another AA regarding someone who hadn't done a job they were supposed to do--or I should say what I thought they were supposed to do. I forgot completely that one of the first rules of AA is that there are no musts. Now that I had some sobriety, I fell into the trap of being judge of another's sickness because I was now one of the "cured" ones.

All of us who come into AA are sick people and will continue to be so for the rest of our lives. We can only improve our mental and physical health by applying AA to each and every part of our daily lives. Some are sicker than others and have to work harder on this program. I found out today that I've got a lot of work to do in making myself tolerant. I am not without sin and cannot therefore throw the first stone.

-- M. C.

New York

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