Essentials “Pay Forward” Gift # 172

I Greet The Indwelling Doer.

Today’s “Pay Forward” gift is - Essentials.  In Alcoholics Anonymous they are honesty, willingness, and open-mindedness.  As it turned out for me all of the Steps and Traditions are essential.  My dad told me, as he was firing me, that I could not get along with anyone, so I would have to work for myself, by myself.  The Twelve Traditions came to my relationship rescue.  The Third Tradition, the important essential dealing with others “The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.” The first requirement for anything is to want "it." If we want something enough, we will do whatever it takes to get “it.” The Tradition One for sure is an essential, “Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.” I was a loner, both by choice and by request.   A group of A. A. members took me in. I soon wanted to be part of the group. The common welfare of the group came before my selfish needs.  At times I’m called on to do something for A.A., or my business or my marriage that I don’t want to do, but if it is for our common good, I will do it anyway.  The Second Tradition “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 servants; they do not govern.” I chose one Leader, our Father.   Thy Love, Thy Will be done.