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Grapevine : June 2011
bar and showed the guys the picture, asking for clarification. “Sreda” was Wednesday. The meeting was sched- uled for 7 p.m. I cannot tell you how excited I was when I went back that night. I arrived early and the meeting room was open. It was a clubhouse with two meeting rooms, a kitchenette and a restroom. The Steps, Traditions and Serenity Prayer, all in Slovene, hung from the wall alongside pic- tures of Bill and Bob and a stack of anonymity cards on a small table. I felt like dancing. Four people arrived, none of them spoke English. We es- tablished that I was an alcoholic and definitely in the right pace. I stayed and listened to an hour of Slovenian sharing. A newcomer sat with her arms crossed until she must have heard something that made it clear to her that she was in the wrong place and she stomped out. I made a prayer sign in her direction and we all nodded. They let me share in Eng- lish and a bit of French and I played a version of AA charades by acting out my share. I mimed climbing moun- tains, being offered booze and po- litely declining. We all laughed and I patted my heart and let them know that what I needed most was for my heart to connect to their hearts. One lady said, haltingly, “I understand,” and spoke to the other two in Slo- vene. They all patted their hearts. We closed the meeting with the Serenity Prayer, once in Slovenian, then again in English and we all hugged. The language of the heart tran- scends all other languages. The tour- ist board of Slovenia makes T shirts, hats and mugs with the appropriate slogan, “I feel Slovenia.” ThankstoAAandaGodofmy understanding, I truly felt your love, Slovenia, and I am so grateful. Nicola M. Laguna Niguel, Calif. Discussion topic I n sobriety, one of my healthiest cravings is for travel and adventure,” says the author of “No grappa for you!” She tells how she took a two week hiking and cycling trip to Slovenia, remembering to pray, listening to tapes and looking for meetings so a drink would not ruin her ex- citing adventure. “Some of my hiking was so extreme, that I not only touched the hand of God,” she wrote, “I reached out and grabbed it, praying out loud as I heaved myself over a vertical cliff face and rolling onto a tiny grass plateau at the peak.” What were some of your travel adventures since you’ve gotten sober? Did you find meetings in far away places? How were they? You may use this topic at a discussion meeting, or share your experience on the i-Say bulletin board, www.aagrapevine.org. aagrapevine.org 15 GRAPE_12-15.indd 15 4/29/11 5:57 PM