East Tennessee
Intergroup of
Alcoholics Anonymous

November 2020 Unity Newsletter

A.A. Oldtimers…On the Eleventh Step
A.A. Grapevine, September 1945, Vol. 2 No. 4

It is often wisely said in A.A. that we should not become over-anxious,
should not expect to get the whole program overnight, but should take the
steps one at time when we feel that we are ready for them. This means that
although we are not ready at a given time to take this step or that one and
are, therefore, not then taking it, we should be disposing ourselves toward
it. It never means that we should plan on avoiding any of the steps.

Practice of the 11th Step is the surest method of disposing oneself toward all
the other steps. It was only through seeking contact with God through
meditation and prayer that some of us came to believe in Him and became willing to turn our wills and our lives over to Him. The wish to improve that contact,
the searching for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry it out,
gives us strength to make amends, to do the things necessary to remake our

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