Wednesday, 18 May 2022

As Bill Sees It #essentialsofrecovery

Two Roads for the Oldtimer, p. 138

The founders of many groups ultimately divide into two classes

known in A.A. slang as “elder statesmen” and “bleeding deacons.”

The elder statesman sees the wisdom of the group’s decision to run

itself and holds no resentment over his reduced status. His judgment,

fortified by considerable experience, is sound; he is willing to sit

quietly on the side lines patiently awaiting developments.

The bleeding deacon is just as surely convinced that the group cannot

get along without him. He constantly connives for re-election to

office and continues to be consumed with self-pity. Nearly every

oldtimer in our Society has gone through this process in some degree.

Happily, most of them survive and live to become elder statesmen.

They become the real and permanent leadership of A.A.

12 & 12, p. 135

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