AA’s Rule 62 Stands Alone

Rule 62There’s a story about AA’s rather phenomenal growth in the 1940s. As might be expected from a group of recovered drunks they began to lay plans for bigger and better things ahead. As theymade plans they also began to develop rules.

One group, for instance said no alcohol at all. Another said no hard liquor. Yet another said beer was okay but nothing else.

It’s told that one group allowed gambling until… they were raided by the police.

In some areas some groups behaved more like rivals than not.

There were also plans for big and small hospitals to be run by AA members and in some cases AA groups. Which, of course, created ever more rules.

Can you imagine what it’s like when a bunch of AA members starts arguing about rules?

As you might imagine it soon became a mess and at least a few folks got drunk. People began to return to their Steps and what had gotten them sober in the first place. The dust was starting to settle when someone sent every group they could find a post card which said:

Rule 62: Don’t take yourself so darn seriously!

This is one of those AA stories I hope is true and I suspect it may be. In fact I may have read about it in AA Comes of Age* – the closest thing we’ve got to an official history of the organization.

I do know that when I get all unhappy and noisy about some change, inside a 12 Step Group or out, remembering Rule 62 tends to level me out.

How might Rule 62 work for you?

Love, blessings and abundance,

Anne W. Powerfully Recovered

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Kirk April 18, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Thanks. I always enjoy your posts

annew April 18, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Thanks… you’ve got an interesting website too.

Rebecca April 18, 2012 at 7:44 pm

I so love these posts! Like you, I hope that story is true. I really need to not take myself so seriously…every single day!

annew April 24, 2012 at 9:35 pm

😉 me too, Rebecca. Most of us do truth be told.

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