ccs wrote:During nine years in AA, I have observed that those who follow the Alcoholics Anonymous program with the greatest earnestness and zeal not only maintain sobriety but often acquire finer characteristics and attitudes as well. One of these is tolerance. Tolerance expresses itself in a variety of ways: in kindness and consideration toward the man or woman who is just beginning the march along the spiritual path; in the understanding of those who perhaps have been less fortunate in education advantages; and in sympathy toward those whose religious ideas may seem to be at great variance with our own.
Or in words from our book:
"Most of us sense that real tolerance of other people's shortcomings and viewpoints and a respect for their opinions are attitudes which make us more useful to others." (pages 19-20)
"The rule is we must be hard on ourself, but always considerate of others." (page 74)
Embracing and learning to practice a useful tolerance for other people's intellectual shortcomings and religious viewpoints first required an intolerance of my own:
"Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely." (page 58)
And once I had done that, I no longer had any agenda to push!
And, I believe that is at least part of what Dr. Bob had in mind while mentioning "follow the Alcoholics Anonymous program with the greatest earnestness and zeal."
Tolerance, n. (Webster)
The power or capacity of enduring; or the act of enduring.
Or in Dr. Bob's words: kindness, consideration, understanding and sympathy shown to others along the way.