I'm surprized that no one added "Sobriety" to the list!!!
All those tools work great... and they work much better when we're using them SOBER!!!!
I used to love to read the stories in the back of the Big Book, while I was still drinking!
I had first gotten sober in AA, but didn't want to read the Big Book. I felt that I was much more highly developed intellectually than a bunch of drunks who wrote a book in 1939
After I got drunk again and couldn't get sober... I would read the stories in the back of the book, while drinking, and thinking "well... I'm sure glad that they were able to get it and to stick around afterwards!"
When I finally did get an undeserved second chance at sobriety... alcohol had made me become willing to do what the people were doing, who got sober and got their stories in the book!
Thanks for letting me be here!