There's a saying that we have only one chance to make a good first impression. That's true, but we always have the opportunity to make good lasting impressions.
Letting Go of Old Ideas
We finally asked ourselves: Wouldn't it be more intelligent
to seek out and tap a strength greater than our own
rather than persist in our futile solo efforts,
after they had time and again been proved ineffective?
We still don't think it is very smart to keep trying to see in the dark
if you can simply switch on a lamp and use its light. . .
And the full enjoyment of living sober isn't a one-person job, either.
- Living Sober, p. 73
Thought to Ponder . . .
Hold your face up to the Light,
even though for the moment you do not see.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
S W A T = Surrender, Willingness, Action, Trust.
Your most rewarding role
Be your best by being you. Be highly effective by being highly authentic.
Stop wasting your effort and energy to hide who you truly are. Your greatest value is in your own uniqueness, so let that value freely flow from you.
There is great power in truth. In the truth of who you are is the power to be the best you can be.
Allow the boundless energy of your authentic desires to keep you enthusiastic and inspired. Let yourself be unapologetically who you are and let your beautiful inner value be expressed in ways that benefit all those around you.
Say what you know is true, and do what you know is right. Give your best by being faithful to what you know is best.
Let everyone else be like everyone else. Your most rewarding role is to be you.
— Ralph Marston