A.A. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
is a fellowship designed and administered by a bunch of ex-drunks whose only qualifications for membership is that they canâ€™t hold their liquor and donâ€™t want to learn how. It has no rules, dues, or fees; nor anything else any sensible organization seems to require. At meetings the speakers start out on one subject and wind up talking about something entirely different and conclude by saying they donâ€™t know anything about the program except that it works! The groups are almost always broke, yet always seem to have money to carry on. They are always losing members but seem to grow. They claim A.A. is a selfish program but its members always seem to be doing something for others.
Every group passes laws, rules, edicts and pronouncements which everyone blithely ignores; members who disagree with anything are privileged to walk out in a huff, quitting forever, only to return as if nothing happened and be greeted accordingly. Nothing is ever planned 24 hours in advance, yet great projects are born and survive magnificently. Nothing in A.A. is according to Hoyle. How can it survive?
Perhaps itâ€™s because we have learned to live and laugh at ourselves. God made man â€“ He made laughter too. Perhaps He is pleased with our disorganized efforts and makes things right no matter who pushes the wrong button. Maybe He is pleased with our trying to be nobody but ourselves. We donâ€™t know how it works, but it does, and members keep receiving their dividend checks from their A.A. investments. It is smart to be sober, and much easier to stay sober than it is to get sober!
This above is a rather amusing definition of AA written a few years ago by a member with a wry sense of humor, but it does have a few insights that are quite interesting. (Itâ€™s no wonder that non-members can figure it out!)
--------------------Understanding Life (One in a series)
a) A great goal in maturing is trying to achieve the ability to be comfortable with people you donâ€™t like; b) By the time youâ€™re old, you know just about everything... itâ€™s just too bad you canâ€™t remember it; c) Get up every morning and check out Forbes Magazineâ€™s list of Americaâ€™s richest people... if youâ€™re not on it, better go to work. d) A note to remember about your sponsor... they are designed to be reasoning
people not reasonable