We have shown how we got out from under. You say, "Yes, I’m willing. But am I to be consigned to a life where I shall be stupid, boring and glum, like some righteous people I see? I know I must get along without liquor, but how can I? Have you a sufficient substitute?" Yes, there is a substitute and it is vastly more than that. It is a fellowship in Alcoholics Anonymous. There you will find release from care, boredom and worry. Your imagination will be fired. Life will mean something at last. The most satisfactory years of your existence lie ahead. Thus we find the fellowship, and so will you. P152
Is my life stupid boring and glum? NO
Has my imagination been fired? YES
Can I get along without booze? YES
Did I find a sufficient substitute? God rocks!!
You are going to meet these new friends in your own community. Near you, alcoholics are dying helplessly like people in a sinking ship. If you live in a large place, there are hundreds. High and low, rich and poor, these are future fellows of Alcoholics Anonymous. Among them you will make lifelong friends. You will be bound to them with new and wonderful ties, for you will escape disaster together and you will commence shoulder to shoulder your common journey. Then you will know what it means to give of yourself that others may survive and rediscover life. You will learn the full meaning of "Love thy neighbor as thyself." P152/3
Found many friends all kinds of them! Life long friends? Yes
You will be bound to them with new and wonderful ties? Yeh I can agree with that
Have we become happy, respected, and useful once more? Yes I have
Have we risen out of such misery, bad repute and hopelessness? Risen up like angels
The age of miracles is till with us. Our own recovery proves that! P153
Just spent a good day with my Dad and his sig other
And it was pretty effortless
Inspite of being in crowds in town on a Saturday
they loved that bit aswell!!
It all went pretty swimmingly
I love miracles - Bring it on!!!
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