But the program of action, though entirely sensible,
was pretty drastic. It meant I would have to throw
several lifelong conceptions out of the window.
That was not easy.
-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 42
At some of these we balked. We thought we could
find an easier, softer way. But we could not. With all
the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to
be fearless and thorough from the very start. Some
of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the
result was nil until we let go absolutely.