Endigar 366 ~ Trusted Servants

From Today’s Daily Reflections;

They are servants.  Theirs is the sometimes thankless privilege of doing the group’s chores.  (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, page 134)

In Zorba the Greek, Nikos Kazantzakis describes an encounter between his principal character and an old man busily at work planting a tree.  “What is it you are doing?” Zorba asks.  The old man replies:  “You can see very well what I’m doing, my son, I’m planting a tree.”  But why plant a tree, ” Zorba asks, “if you won’t be able to see it bear fruit?”  and the old man answers:  “I, my son, live as though I were never going to die.”  The response brings a faint smile to Zorba’s lips and as he walks away, he exclaims with a note of irony:   “How strange – I live as though I were going to die tomorrow!”

As a member of Alcoholics Anonymous,  i have found that the Third Legacy is a fertile soil in which to plant the tree of my sobriety.  The fruits I harvest are wonderful: peace, security, understanding and twenty-four hours of eternal fulfillment; and with the soundness of mind to listen to the voice of my conscience when, in silence, it gently speaks to me, saying: You must let go in service.  There are others who must plant and harvest.

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What is the Third Legacy of Alcoholic’s Anonymous?  I had to go ask the Google Guru that question after reading today’s contribution to the Daily Reflections.  I found the following site:

[ http://www.silkworth.net/aahistory/billw2/3legacy.html ]

Basically, the First Legacy is the Twelve Steps designed to secure recovery for the individual members of  AA.  The Second Legacy is the Twelve Traditions designed to foster unity in the AA Fellowship.  Finally, the Third Legacy is the General Service Conference in order to preserve and expand the functionality of AA service.  In the 12th annual General Service Conference the 12 Concepts for World Service were adopted.

First Legacy – 12 Steps – Individual Recovery

Second Legacy – 12 Traditions – Fellowship Unity

Third Legacy – 12 Concepts – World Service

The Zorba the Greek reference reminds me of a quote of Mahatma Gandhi;  “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

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