“At times I’ve wondered whether I deserve this great gift of sobriety, since there’s really nothing I’ve done to merit it. But the one thing I do know is that I can only keep it by trying to give it away. I do this by sharing my experience with newcomers every chance I get.
“Every time I see a newcomer at a meeting, I know the turmoil that’s going on inside them. I take them by the hand and ask them to sit down and listen carefully to the stories of the people around them. This way they will surely come to realize that the program of Alcoholics Anonymous can do for them what it has done for so many others like myself. Then I say if they like what they see and hear, then stay – for it will be given to them, too, free of charge. All they have to do is be willing to try it.
“I know today that anyone who truly seeks can find the wonderful peace and serenity that I have found in AA. I’m nobody special. Anyone can have it. All we have to do is ask God for his help. I believe that God is faithful. I just have to knock, and the door will be opened; seek, and I will find. It’s just as simple, for God has always kept his promise. If I ask and knock, God will walk in and help me.”
-1000 Years of Sobriety, William Borchert, Michael Fitzpatrick, The Story of Joy P, Pg. 156