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Grapevine : October 2011
firing pin had been removed. Another custom- er helped subdue the suspect and yet another drew his own pistol, even as sirens could be heard outside while police rushed to the store. A er what seemed an eterni- ty, the cops arrived and handcu ed the suspect. An ambulance took the two injured men to the hospi- tal. I went home. Safe in my house, I paused to catch my breath as the realiza- tion of what had just taken place enveloped me. Instinctively, I reached above the kitchen sink to the cupboard where Iusedtohidea bottle. Of course, it wasn't there, but had it been I would have drunk. Now shak- ing even more, I reached instead for the phone and called a fellow re- covering alcoholic who stayed on the line with me for nearly an hour. en it was almost meeting time, thank God. Safe at our AA gather- ing place minutes later, I shared my experience with other alcoholics. anks to a power greater than myself, I did not drink that night. at was more than 30 years ago, but I've never forgot- ten the lesson. Nobody is ever immune from that first drink. Pat S. Minden, Nev. as the Big Book says. I got a spon- sor who helped me with Step Two. She used to say if you're stuck on a Step, it's because you haven't done the one before completely and thor- oughly. She explained that my job as a newly sober person was to begin working with someone even newer than me, that nothing ensures avoid- ance of a relapse more than working with a newcomer. She told me that the Fellowship is wonderful, we have fun and laugh and understand each other as no one else will understand us, but that it's God who keeps us sober. My relationship with God was going to make or break my success. She told me the only thing that must change is everything. If I got up in the morning on the left side of the bed, now I was to get up on the right side. If I ate one cereal, now I was to eat another. If my instinct told me to lash out at someone who was rude, now I was to be forgiving. I was told to pray before making any decision, that it wasn't my choice anymore. She also gave me direction and help with how to pray, what to pray for, and how to listen. Through Steps Four and Five I began to see that I had been respon- sible for my wreckage, that the choic- es I had made while drinking led me Itwasa robbery gone bad! He was pistol-whipping the other two. aagrapevine.org 15