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Grapevine : October 2011
cious gift. I know that my sobriety is just for today and if I am not relying on God, I can find myself pounding on the bar asking, "How in the world did this happen again?" Maybe my emotional wounds go deeper. I don't really know. But I know this much: For me to take a drink is like trying to put out a fire with gasoline. It will explode into a towering inferno. Today I have a couple of good AA friends who I talk to about my feel- ings, my fears and my hopes. God has blessed me that way, and I will always be grateful for that gift. The principles of AA are not negotiable for me. I need to practice the principles in all of my affairs---all the time, not just when it suits me. If I can do this with the people who rub me the wrong way, then I have grown. One impulsive de- cision in the wrong direction means disaster. Therefore, I must turn over all things to a Higher Power who pre- sides over us all ... "That one is God, may you find him now." Daniel T. Davenport, Iowa and can be treated. Come to the AA meeting at 2290 Salta Street, daily from 7:00 to 10:00 PM." I was much impressed, because this station is in a very rough area, and the sign contrasted with the innu- merable bars and liquor stores surrounding it. I couldn't wait till 7:00 PM, to go to that meeting. ere, as in any other AA meeting around the world, I found a lot of new brothers and sisters who shared our common problem. I "charged my battery" for twenty-four hours, as I usually do in each meeting. A very well- dressed young man I met there happened to have placed the sign that had attracted my attention. He told me that during his long drinking period, he used to ride the sub- way and o en saw a little poster on a car window saying that alcoholism was a disease and could be arrested. He saw that poster for years but never paid any attention to it un- til he reached bottom and decided to go to the place indicated on the poster. Since then, he had been following the program for two years. He wanted very much to show his gratitude to AA and said to himself that if a small poster on a subway-train window could have helped him, maybe a larger sign in a more conspicuous place could do even better. He went to the subway administration and re- quested a permit to hang the sign. With his group's permission, he ordered this sign, paid for it with his own money, and hung it where it is now. AA is a worldwide spiri- tual community, where our recovery begins at the very moment we start doing something for other alcoholics who still su er. G.S. Atlanta, Ga. aagrapevine.org 27