Rule 62: Don't take yourself too damn seriously.
We aren't a glum lot. If newcomers could see no joy or fun in our existence, they wouldn't want it. We absolutely insist on enjoying life.
We think cheerfulness and laughter make for usefulness.
Outsiders are sometimes shocked when we burst into merriment over a seemingly tragic experience out of the past. But why shouldn't we laugh? We have recovered, and have been given the power to help others.
Because it had been humbly willing to apply the lessons it learned…it had picked itself up with a laugh and gone on to better things. Even the chief architect, standing in the ruins of his dream, )) could laugh at himself - and that is the very acme of humility.
I could laugh at the ginmills. Now I had what it takes!
Many skeptical, suspicious newcomers have found confidence and comfort in the laughter and talk. This is Twelfth Step work in the very best sense of the word. ‘Freely ye have received; freely give…” is the core of this part of Step Twelve.