From the July 1959 magazine.

What Is an Open Mind?

The seventh of a series of "Beginners' Meetings"--to run from time to time--for newcomers to AA sobriety.

At our next beginners' meeting a few members who have been sober in AA for awhile are going to tell us which suggestions in the AA program have helped them maintain sobriety. It should make an interesting meeting and could be very helpful.

Whether or not you and I are going to get any real help from it depends a great deal on what attitude we are willing to take. It does not matter so much what is going to be said by others; of more importance is: how we are going to receive it? Are we prepared to accept a suggestion that also fits our need or will we reject it? Will we use the help that is available or will we discard it?

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