Today’s “Pay Forward” gift is – back to the Basics. As an alcoholic, I cannot take a drink of alcohol no matter what, or the drink will take me. Back to the basics: “Lack of power, that was our dilemma. We had to find a Power by which we could live, and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves. Obviously. But where and how were we to find this Power? Well, that's exactly what this book is about. Its main object is to enable you to find a Power greater than yourself which will solve your problem.” (Alcoholics Anonymous page 45) Our “Pay Forward” gifts each day give us another tool to live the basics. Working the first eleven Steps will assure us of having a personality change, a shift in our perception sufficient to cause a spiritual awakening, basics. Step Twelve offers us three Spiritual Gifts, vital for the quality of sobriety. 1. “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps…” This spiritual awakening, an important basic. 2. “… we tried to carry this message.” This is sharing; this is Love, the most common basic human need. Share everything you want to keep. The messenger is the message. 3. “… and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” Every time we practice A.A.’s basics we discover more of whom we are and our Father’s Love and Will, our heart’s desire. We are given everything we need to practice the basics, as needed. Thy Love, Thy Will be done.