From the June 1964 magazine.

A For Attitude A For Action

Working the Steps, I change: my life changes

RECENTLY I visited my sister, who had come into AA several years before I threw in the towel. I was musing about the changes in my attitude towards her over the years. First, of course, there was the tolerant affection of an older brother for his kid sister. Years later I felt actual hostility towards her, based, as I know now, on the fact that she had found something that I wanted (serenity, principally) but for which I was unwilling to make the necessary effort--to make the changes in attitudes and to take the actions that were so foreign to my thinking. Now she is a good friend, as well as a loved family member. In sharing experience with others in AA, I have found similar changes in attitude. They seem to point up my present understanding of the real meaning of AA.

The meaning of Alcoholics Anonymous, to me, lies in two words beginning with A: attitudes and action. The equation could be: Attitudes + Action = AA. This is not an original thought; it is clearly implied in Bill's "Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions." But here's the way I used the idea and the Steps, to get AA into me (not to get me into AA, as I thought at first).

-- B. N. MacA.

Manhattan, New York

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