A Solution

When I first came to the rooms of A.A., I was unsure that this was my “solution.”  I had been looking for a way out of the misery of drinking for years and years.  In the beginning I had to get over the “God” hurdle, and was wisely told to put that on the “back burner” and to just focus on the meetings.  I was so desperate I actually followed directions – a first for me.  I wanted what others had. There was a whole room full of people who were living lives of recovery, and they were happy to be in the Program.  They certainly had a peace and a happiness that I had yet to have – I stayed, wanting to know their “secret.”  As it turned out the “secret” was there was no secret, it was a matter of being willing to change, willing to be completely honest, and remaining open to new ideas and different solutions to old problems.  I found a whole roomful of people whose background and life had similarities to mine.  I related much to what others said, and felt a kinship unlike other friendships I had before recovery.


2 thoughts on “A Solution

  1. Thank the Lord for this day and for all that is in it.
    My times are in His hand.
    My soul rests with Him, my Anamchara.
    I published article this yesterday morning and was very pleased with one of my responses which brought forth a very deep appreciation of spiritual experience and raised the question of what it takes to be completed.
    This is a good illustration of how important other people are on our spiritual journeys.

    I just finished reading Richard Rohr’s book entitled The Divine Dance which amounted to several hours of enthrallment as we explored the relationship of God the father, God the son and God the Holy Spirit which in general is expressed as a dance of love.
    A very haunting reference to the Russian painting of this concept portrays the three in artistic expression with a space on the painting which is thought to be where a small mirror was once attached.
    You get the picture?
    When you look at the painting with the mirror in place what do you see?
    The invitation is always there to join in the dance.

    As I finished the book in the wee hours of this morning I paused and reflected on its penetrating messages and thought this might be a wonderful time to feel the Trinity’s presence and I didn’t feel anything in particular.
    I reached out and petted my dog.

    Good Morning, Harry,

    “…I reached out and petted my dog”

    I wonder how many were present at that time?

    Thank you,

    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic and devoted twelve stepper.

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