A Common Bond

In the Program I found a whole roomful of others who shared the same experiences that I had.  I related to their stories and was amazed time and again to hear parts of my story in the story of others.  We shared the same insanity, the same skewed thinking, the same devastation in life, and the same hopeless state of mind.  What a genuine surprise it was to find a whole bunch of people who I could relate to as having the same or similar background as my own.  I was not so “unique” after all.  It was only when I became willing to face the prospect of change in my life that I had any chance of recovery from alcoholism.  At first I thought A.A. would reject me – well that never happened.  Then I thought that I was not truly an alcoholic – and that proved to be untrue.  I have the disease of alcoholism, and cannot manage my life when I drink.  I drink to excess, and then I drink some more – this is not “normal” drinking.  The only thing stopping me from claiming recovery was . . . me!  Once I accepted my condition, only then could I begin the process we lovingly call “recovery.”  

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2 thoughts on “A Common Bond

  1. Someone suggested that as we hold hands forming a circle of sorts I might try looking for a moment at each person and considering him as my brother or sister.

    I said, “God, you’ve got to be kidding”.

    My brothers, sisters and I join hands in closing our meetings saying what we call “The Lord’s Prayer”.

    We are transformed by the renewal of our minds.

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

    • Namaste’

      “The divine in me acknowledges the divine in you”.

      Namaste, sometimes spoken as Namaskar, Namaskaram is a respectful form of greeting in Hindu custom, found on the Indian subcontinent mainly in India and Nepal and among the Indian diaspora. It is used both for salutation and valediction. Namaste is usually spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upward.– Wikipedia

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