The Main Thing…

by Daniel · 1 comment

“Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty; it stems rather from love and devotion towards men and towards objective things.”  — Albert Einstein

True genius lies in the recognition that there is more than what meets the eye than what meets the eye. I remember a story told by Bill Wilson in 1950 on the day Br. Bob passed away, about the naming of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. The team had been discussing what to name the book, they wanted to shy away from the insinuation or usage of the spiritual component of what they had found to be true. They did not believe that the book would sell if it was perceived as a religious work.

Overhearing the discussion, Lois, Bill’s wife, entered the room and shook her head at the crew of recovered drunks. Later she cornered Bill and said, “you are gonna end up drunk! Shame on you Bill Wilson…” Bill, perplexed, asked Lois, “what is the challenge?” Lois replied simply, “you forgot who got you sober!”

I must admit that at times I have over analyzed the recovery process and inserted my big head right in the process only to later recognize that success lies in love and devotion towards people. When I keep the main thing the main thing all else follows suit! Life is good…

 

 
Go, Go, Go…

 

Dan 🙂

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TwelveDrawings October 17, 2013 at 10:37 pm

I too heard a recording containing that marvelous quote from Lois. However, the person who posted the recording later added a retraction. The recording was a dramatization….a play….and the voice was of an actor. Sadly, I cannot find a factual account of Lois saying that. I welcome anyone who could cite a direct quote from her.

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