| I am responsible
. . . When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of
A.A. always to be there. And for that: I am responsible.
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Mail Call for All A.A.'s in the Armed Forces
the idea of bringing out a New
York Metropolitan A.A. paper was
earned my breaks.I should hate to have
anything happen to me now, before I have a
chance to do something, however small,
worth-while with my life." (This man had
worried about not getting the spiritual side
of the program. Ed.)
THE WORDS OF A DANGLING MAN
"Off Again, On Again Finnegan" has a new
lot of loyal rooters: the "You're InYou're
Out" selective service inductees, aged twenty-
six to thirty-eight.
For the past six months, on alternate Tues-
days, the Home Editions of the paper you
read had us in the Army or Navy "within a
month", but by Seven Star Final time, one of
the two Washington authorities (the one who
hadn't had a press interview earlier in the
day) was quoted as saying that men over
twenty-six would probably not be called
"until later in the year." And so it goes, and
so we gocrazy!
But wait: Easy Does It. How thankful I've
been for having that little "punch-line"
pounding into my daily living. To me, that's
a first "first step." It keeps me from jumping
at conclusions, making snap judgments, be-
coming excited or irritated over the way
things "seem" to be. It cautions me to cut my
pace, mentally, and make certain things are
as they may seem.
It permits, above all, the serenity that comes,
with reflection, as I repeat the process of
turning my will and my life over to the care
of My Higher Power.
Does that sound simple? Or do you think
I'm putting down one little word after an-
other here because that's what our program
tells me I should do? Well, I'll tell you, if,
twelve months ago, I had been riding the
Selective Service Merrygoround (without
A.A.) two things would have happened: (1)
My wife would have been relieved at the pros-
pect of my being in service, preferably in
Timbuctoo (if that's at the other end of the
world); and (2) I would have been a rip-
roaring, hellbentforanotherdrink, psycho-
Today, I'm sober and not in service.
Tomorrow, I may be in service, I don't know.
But I do know that tomorrow I'll be sober,
through the Grace of God and Alcoholics
Anonymous. David R.
Navy lieutenant (j.g.) who
over two years ago, wrote us recently from a
South Pacific Island "Your mention of
John N. (an A.A. of even longer standing,
now a lieutenant in the Army. Ed.) "caused
me to investigate He was evacuated for
stomach trouble two days before I looked
him up and for four months he had been only
half a mile from my camp. Such is life!"
(Both these men have had fine records of
sobriety with A.A. and have now seen consid-
erable service at an advanced base. What an
A.A. meeting that would have been. Ed.)
In December, John N., the Army lieuten-
ant, had written"We have arrived at a New
Island and are set up in a coconut grove.
Your letter was most welcome. How often
these days I think of the fine times I had in
A.A. and the wonderful people I have met.
The whole thing means an awful lot to me
and I thank God for being allowed to be a
part of it . . . My work is interesting but
but I have really improved
'Easy Does It' department. I know who to
thank for that to.So Flushing has a sep-
arate group nowThat is wonderful!"
Again we quote our naval correspondent"I
should like to address an A.A. gathering now,
as I have a perspective that few get the op-
portunity to enjoy, having been completely
apart from the Group for nearly a year, and
it is easy to see the fundamentals closely, and
determine the main factorsI think even
more closely than when one is steeped in
A.A. work with daily contact. It is easier to
see how the program works into every day
normal life too."
Once more, from Bob H., now an Army ser-
geant overseas, written last Thanksgiving
Day"When I think of myself just eighteen
months ago, I realize, too, just how much I
have to be thankful for. I've been more for-
tunate than mostmaybe some day I'll feel
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