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Grapevine : May 2011
On Sunday, I took the train for over an hour to find another meet- ing. This time I found the address but, again, couldn’t find the meet- ing. I gave up and lit a smoke, notic- ing I was standing on the front steps of a church, so I said a little prayer: “God, please help me find this meet- ing.” For some reason, I was com- pelled to walk around to the back. I spotted a shack where people were smoking. I was relieved, but not altogether pleased ... I had finally found a meeting. Five days after I stopped drink- ing, I lost my job and accommoda- tions, so I decided it was time to return home and face the things I had been running away from. I re- turned to Australia four weeks later, attending at least one meeting a day for the next couple of years. I got in- volved in AA service where I could, starting at the group level by open- ing meetings or supplying coffee, tea and snacks. This helped me feel likeIwasapartofAA. I continued connecting to my Higher Power and then met a won- derful member who took me through the Steps, changing my life forever. A couple of years later, when I was a bit more educated, I began helping out in the general service structure of AA as a general service representative, then a district secretary and finally an area chairperson. I have recently brought my service commitment back to the group level by becoming secre- tary for a small group in a nice, peaceful country town. Actually, my whole life is nice and peaceful, even with all the ups and downs I’ve experienced in sobriety. Be- cause I know that picking up a drink wouldn’t change anything, which is why I keep close to a God of my own understanding and ask for His protection every day. I sure am something without His help, and that something is drunk. I tried to stay sober without His help for 15 years and always re- turned to the bottle, even when I really, truly didn’t want to. God, please help me not drink today and allow me to help somebody. Julian S. Ballarat, Victoria, Australia For some reason, I was compelled to walk around to the back. I spotted a shack where people were smoking. I was relieved, but not altogether pleased ... I had finally found a meeting. 44 May 2011 GRAPE_42-44.indd 44 4/4/11 1:04 PM