From the October 2010 magazine.

FROM THE PULPIT

A preacher learns it wasn't such a good idea to reveal his AA membership

BREAKING another person's anonymity has never been my problem. My problem with anonymity has been about breaking my own private and personal anonymity. It is a boundary issue, like abstinence. It is a line that today I do not cross except with my family, friends in AA, and close friends outside our Fellowship.

Thinking things through has not been a strong point with me. My alcoholic way of thinking seems to take over. Today this is slowly changing. Now I try to see the consequences of my actions. I am called to remember the slogan often seen on the walls of AA meeting places -- "Think, Think, Think."

-- BILL R.

Salisbury, N.C.

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