God, keep me from the habit of thinking that I must volunteer in every
meeting no matter what the
topic. Keep my mind free from the recital of
endless details and give me wings to get to the point.
Remind me to guard confidences and to keep still when I feel that it is necessary to share
information "just for some one's own good." Release me from the need to straighten out everybody
else's thinking and program.
God, I ask for the grace to listen to newcomers. Please help me to remember the patience with which
others listened to me when I was new. Please seal my lips to giving advice, and help me to remember
to share my experience, strength, and hope. Remind me that my purpose is to fit myself to be of
maximum service to You and the people around me.
Help me to remain teachable, God. Teach me (again!) the lesson that,
occasionally, it is possible
that I may be wrong, and remind me of the
freedom that I gain when I am able to promptly admit it
and make amends
where necessary. Help me to remember the difference between making amends and saying
Help me to be a worker among workers, a friend among friends, and a drunk among drunks. Keep me from
being a bleeding deacon, God, and help me to walk the path towards being an elder statesman. Keep me
ever mindful that I cannot manage my own life. I don't want to be a saint, God, show me the way to
seek you so that I may continue to grow along spiritual lines. Remind me to put Rule 62 into
practice in my life. It is so easy to take myself too seriously.
Keep me free of gossip, character assassination, and judgment. Remind me that although I have humbly
asked, my character defects and shortcomings arise when I least expect them. Help me to walk with
serendipity, to see good things in unexpected places and talents in unexpected people, and give me
the grace to tell them so. Help me to see that You love each of Your children, and that You do not
need my opinion of them or suggestions on what they might deserve.
Help me to be willing to accept Your answer to my prayers, whether or not it is the answer that I
thought I wanted. You know that I have trouble with acceptance sometimes, God, so there are times
when You will need to help me to be willing to be willing. Show me how to walk through life with
grace, dignity, and my head held high, carrying Your message and practicing these principles in all
And God, thank You for the people that You have put in my life. My family of origin, and of AA.
My sponsor, my sponsees, the
people of my home group, the women and men who first reached out their
hands to welcome me to the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. I know today, God, that I could not
have walked these steps to get from where I was when I walked in the door to the person that I am
today, if it were not for the blessings You have given me through Your precious children.
Last Update: Nov 15, 2012