From the October 1976 magazine.

Your Way, My Way--Or AA's Way?

Around the Tables

AROUND THE TABLES, we seldom hear anyone saying, "Each one can do it his own way." The idea is put into practice there, but not voiced. Mostly, we hear it said aloud by those who simply don't get around the tables very often. This is not my own observation; rather, it was deftly pointed out to me. I then did some minor research. Indeed, the members giving lip service to the freedom of AA are, strangely enough, those who just don't get to many meetings and are, not so strangely, miserable.

For all those you know who are out there on the fringe of happiness, I recommend the following paragraph from page 152 of Alcoholics Anonymous: "Yes, there is a substitute and it is vastly more than that. It is a fellowship in Alcoholics Anonymous. There you will find release from care, boredom and worry. Your imagination will be fired. Life will mean something at last. The most satisfactory years of your existence lie ahead. Thus we find the fellowship, and so will you."

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