Dr Bob’s story of the AA Camel

The Alcoholics Anonymous Camel symbol

The camel each day goes twice to his knees.
He picks up his load with the greatest of ease.
He walks through the day with his head held high.
And stays for that day, completely dry.

Spiritual Principles

  • Prayer
  • Faith
  • Spirituality
  • Sobriety – One day at a time.

Dr Bob, physician, and a cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous – ". . . would explain prayer by telling how the camels in a caravan would kneel down in the evening, and the men would unload their burdens. In the morning, they would kneel down again, and the men would put the burdens back on. ’It’s the same with prayer,’ Dr. Bob said. ’We get on our knees to unload at night. And in the morning when we get on our knees again, God gives us just the load we are able to carry for that day.’" Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers (1980), page 229


"The tasks of the day can pass with ease
when a camel or I start on our knees.
One Master we serve, the camel and I,
and stay for that day completely dry."

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3 thoughts on “Dr Bob’s story of the AA Camel

  1. Pingback: Top Posts March ‘08 « Alcohol Self-Help News

  2. These and so many other remarks by Dr. Bob can, of course, be found in DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers. In addition, we have thoroughly investigated Dr. Bob’s days as a youngster in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, and his remarks that he had had excellent training in the Bible there as a youngster and also commenting on how frequently his family went to church. The new website: http://DrBob.info will fill in the blanks about Dr. Bob’s deep Christian training and beliefs fostered by his life in St. Johnsbury through his family, his North Congregational Church, his Sunday school, Bible study and prayer meetings, daily chapel, the conversions and revivals, the activity of the YMCA, and the influence of the famous Fairbanks family which built the church, donated the town’s library and museum, donated the YMCA building, donated many St. Johnsbury Academy buildings, and were leaders in the church, the YMCA, and the Academy.


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