1938 Original Manuscript for 1939 1st Edition BigBook Searchable 1976 3rd Edition BigBook On-Line
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Always put your Higher Power first in your life.
Be a true friend and you will have many friends.
Count and thank your Higher Power for your many blessings daily.
Discipline yourself. Decide to make your life count.
Edify and encourage others consistently.
Follow great leaders and then become one.
Give liberally and joyfully of your time, talents and means.
Have an attitude of gratitude.
Invert any negatives thrown your way. Turn them into positives.
Journey through life One Step and One Day At A Time.
Keep written goals set ahead. Make specific plans to accomplish them.
Love and forgive everybody.
Maximize your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.
Never, never, never give up!
Open the door wide when opportunity knocks.
Practice patience. Promote peace.
Quit bad habits by replacing them with good habits.
Read your BigBook and other profitable material every chance you get.
Share your Experience, Strength and Hope whenever and wherever possible.
Take time to appreciate everything your Higher Power has given you.
Use your God given common sense.
Visualize your dreams and stretch to reach for them.
Watch, listen and pray to your Higher Power.
Xamine your motives on a regular basis.
Yield to your Higher Power when He prompts you.
Zoom in on your Higher Power's real purpose for your life. (A.A. Step 12)

A.A. Step 12 from the Original Manuscript -- Having had a spiritual experience as a result of this course of action, we tried to carry this message to others, especially alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

I read this to mean that I am, by example, to carry a message of Love and Hope and Peace into this world to all other struggling souls, as it has never been carried before.

Love and Peace, Barefoot

Index of AA History Pages on Barefoot's Domain

As in so many things, especially with we alcoholics, our History is our Greatest Asset!.. We each arrived at the doors of AA with an intensive and lengthy "History of Things That Do Not Work" .. Today, In AA and In Recovery, Our History has added an intensive and lengthy "History of Things That DO Work!!" and We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it!!

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