From the August 1951 magazine.

12 Steps Cafeteria Style

THE two words "these principles" did not make much of an impression on me in my early days in AA. In fact, I was often told that the Twelve Steps were merely suggestions--that I was to take them "cafeteria style"--take what I wanted and disregard the rest.

I followed the course taken by many who start with reservations about the First Step; yet trying to "carry this message to alcoholics" even without "having had" any sort of chance of spirit or "spiritual awakening as the result of these steps."

Recently I have heard a number of so called old timers who seem proud...

-- F. O.

Vermont

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