Saturday, 11 March 2017

AS BILL SEES IT #essentialsofrecovery



~ Page 70 ~

Truth, the Liberator

How truth makes us free is something that we A.A.’s can well understand. It cut the shackles that once bound us to alcohol. It continues to release us from conflicts and miseries beyond reckoning; it banishes fear and isolation. The unity of our Fellowship, the love we cherish for each other, the esteem in which the world holds us—all of these are products of the truth which, under God, we have been privileged to perceive.

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Just how and when we tell the truth—or keep silent—can often reveal the difference between genuine integrity and none at all.

Step Nine emphatically cautions us against misusing the truth when it states: “We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.” Because it points up the fact that the truth can be used to injure as well as to heal, this valuable principle certainly has a wide-ranging application to the problem of the developing integrity.

~ GRAPEVINE, AUGUST 1961 ~

© 1967 by Alcoholics Anonymous ® World Services, Inc 
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