A Vision For You

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selves, and have discovered the joy of helping others to face life again, there will be no stopping until everyone in that town has had his opportunity to recover-if he can and will.

164:1Still you may say: "But I will not have the benefit of contact with you who write this book." 2We cannot be sure. 3God will determine that, so you must remember that your real reliance is always upon Him. 4He will show you how to create the Fellowship you crave.*

5Our book is meant to be suggestive only. 6We realize we know only a little. 7God will constantly disclose more to you and to us. 8Ask him in your morning medi­tation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick. 9The answers will come, if your own house is in order. 10But obviously you cannot transmit some­thing you haven't got. 11See to it that your relationship with Him is right, and great events will come to pass for you and countless others. 12This is the Great Fact for us.

13Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. 14Admit your faults to him and your fellows. 15Clear away the wreckage of your past. 16Give freely of what you find, and join us. 17We shall be with you, in the Fellow­ship of The Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny.

18May God bless you and keep you-until then.

 


*See appendix-The Alcoholic Foundation.  It may be we shall be able to carry on a limited correspondence.

 

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one man with this book in your hand. 163:1We believe and hope it contains all you will need to begin.

2We know what you are thinking. 3You are saying to yourself: "I'm jittery and alone. 4I couldn't do that." 5But you can. 6You forget that you have just now tapped a source of power so much greater than yourself. 7To duplicate, with such backing, what we have accom­plished is only a matter of willingness, patience and labor.

8We know a former alcoholic who was living in a large community. 9He had lived there but a few weeks when he found that the place probably contained more alco­holics per square mile than any city in the country. 10This was only a few days ago at this writing. 11The au­thorities were much concerned. 12He got in touch with a prominent psychiatrist who has undertaken certain re­sponsibilities for the mental health of the community. 13The doctor proved to be able and exceedingly anxious  to  adopt   any   workable   method   of   handling   the the situation. 14So he inquired, what did our friend have on the ball?

15Our friend proceeded to tell him. 16And with such good effect that the doctor agreed to a test among his patients and certain other alcoholics from a clinic which he attends. 17Arrangements were also made with the chief psychiatrist of a large public hospital to select still others from the stream of misery which flows through that institution.

18So  our  fellow  worker  will  soon  have  friends  galore.  19Some  of  them  may  sink  and  perhaps  never  get  up,  but  if  our  experience  is  a  criterion,  more  than  half  of  those  approached  will  become  fellows  of  Alcoholics  Anonymous.  20When  a  few  men  in  this  city  have  found  them-

 

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these there is a well-known hospital for the treatment of alcoholic and drug addiction. 162:1Four years ago one of our number was a patient there. 2Many of us have felt, for the first time, the Presence and Power of God within its walls. 3We are greatly indebted to the doctor in attendance there, for he, although it might prejudice his own work, has told us his belief in our work.

4Every few days this doctor suggests our approach to one of his patients. 5Understanding our work, he can do this with an eye to selecting those who are willing and able to recover on a spiritual basis. 6Many of us, former patients, go there to help. 7Then, in this eastern city, there are informal meetings such as we have de­scribed to you, where you may see thirty or forty, there are the same fast friendships. 8There  is  the  same  helpful­ness to one another as you find among our western friends. 9There is a good bit of travel between East and West and we foresee a great increase in this helpful interchange.

10Some day we hope that every alcoholic who journeys will find a Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous at his destination. 11To some extent this is already true. 12Some of us are salesmen and go about. 13Little clusters of twos and threes and fives of us have sprung up in other com­munities, through contact with our two larger centers. 14Those of us who travel drop in as often as we can. 15This practice enables us to lend a hand, at the same time avoiding certain alluring distractions of the road, about which any traveling man can inform you.

16Thus we grow. 17And so can you, though you be but
   

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wife would leave elated by the thought of what they could now do for some stricken acquaintance and his family. 161:1They knew they had a host of new friends; it seemed they had known these strangers always. 2They had seen miracles, and one was to come to them. 3They had visioned The Great Reality-their loving and All Power­ful Creator. 4Now, this house will hardly accommodate its weekly visitors, for they number sixty or eighty as a rule. 5Al­coholics are being attracted from far and near. 6From surrounding towns, families drive long distances to be present. 7A community thirty miles away has fifteen Fellows of Alcoholics Anonymous. 161:8Being a large place, we think that some day its Fellowship will number many hundreds.

9But life among Alcoholics Anonymous is more than attending gatherings and visiting hospitals. 10Cleaning up old scrapes, helping to settle family differences, explain­ing the disinherited son to his irate parents, lending money and securing jobs for each other, when justified -these are everyday occurrences. 11No one is too dis­credited, nor has sunk too low to be welcomed cor­dially-if he means business. 12Social distinctions, petty rivalries and jealousies-these are laughed out of coun­tenance. 13Being wrecked in the same vessel, being re­stored and united under one God, with hearts and minds attuned to the welfare of others, the things which mat­ter so much to some people no longer signify much to them. 14How could they?

15Under only slightly different conditions, the same thing is taking place in several eastern cities. 16In one of
 

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tended by any­one or everyone interested in a spiritual way of life. 160:1Aside from fellowship and sociability, the prime object was to provide a time and place where new people might bring their problems. 2Outsiders became interested. 3One man and his wife placed their large home at the disposal of this strangely assorted crowd. 4This couple has since become so fas­cinated that  they  have  dedicated  their  home  to  the  work.  5Many  a distracted wife has visited this house to find lov­ing and understanding companionship among women who knew their problem, to hear from the lips of men like their husbands what had happened to them, to be advised how her own wayward mate might be hospi­talized and approached when next he stumbled.

6Many a man, yet dazed from his hospital experience, has stepped over the threshold of that home into free­dom. 7Many an alcoholic who entered there came away with an answer. 8He succumbed to that gay crowd in­side, who laughed at their misfortune and understood him. 9Impressed by those who visited him at the hospi­tal, he capitulated entirely, when, later, in an upper room of this house, he heard the story of some man whose experience closely tallied with his own. 10The expression on the faces of the women, that indefinable something in the eyes of the men, the stimulating and electric atmosphere of the place, conspired to let him know that here was haven at last.

11The very practical approach to his problems, the ab­sence of intolerance of any kind, the informality, the genuine democracy, the uncanny understanding which these people had were irresistible. 12He and his
   

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