No Dues Or Fees “Pay Forward” #44

Today’s “Pay Forward” gift is - No Dues Or Fees. “The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking” Alcoholics Anonymous Tradition Three. “Any alcoholic is a member of A.A. when he says so.” One does not even have to have an honest desire to stop drinking and he or she does not have to say they are an alcoholic. Alcoholics Anonymous began in 1935 with two, and it continues to grow. Tradition Two - “For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority – a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted service; they do not govern.” The only Boss is our loving God, WOW. There are no dues or fees, but it keeps on going. By the time most alcoholics, problem drinkers arrived at A.A.’s doors have paid far more than the most expensive country club in the world. The “dues” we pay are the practicing A.As’ spiritual principles as a way of life. Action is the magic word, and that is service to others. If we are not joyous, happy and free in sobriety, I believe we are not doing something right or we have not been living A.A. long-enough. The most important thing we receive free is the grace of our Father/creator and for many of us that has come in great abundance. Answering our call to action in A.A. is a chance to demonstrate our gratitude for this wonderful way of life. Thy Love, Thy Will be done.

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