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Posted by Erin McV on October 6, 2017 at 11:15 PM

As Bill Sees It

June 30

Imaginary Perfection, p. 181


When we early A.A.’s got our first glimmer of how spiritually prideful we could be, we coined this expression: “Don’t try to be a saint by Thursday!”


That old time admonition may look like another of those handy alibis that can excuse us from trying for our best. Yet a closer view reveals just the contrary. This is our A.A. way of warning against pride-blindness, and the imaginary perfections that we do not possess.



Only Step One, where we made the 100 per cent admission that we were powerless over alcohol, can be practiced with absolute perfection. The remaining eleven Steps state perfect ideals. They are goals toward which we look, and the measuring sticks by which we estimate our progress.

Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions


1. Grapevine, June 1961

2. 12 & 12, p. 68

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