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Grapevine : December 2011
read something that may help me remain sober one day at a time. Alison P. Westlake, La. Gently down the stream ABOUT a month ago, I was quietly meditat- ing when—inexplicably—I heard the musical refrain to an old song from child- hood: “Row, row, row your boat... ”ForasecondI thought to myself, What the ... ?! But then I finished the verse in my head and laughed aloud at the wisdom: “Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream/ Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.” I’m always moving way too fast, whether mentally, emotionally or physically, and it hasn’t always served me well. I so need to remind myself daily to row my “boat” gently. And I need to remind myself that this remarkable life isn’t really as deadly serious asIoftenmakeit.Ican choose to move through these 24 hours conscious- ly, playfully, and yes, even merrily. Brad P. Bellevue, Idaho end of the meeting, and more recently, the gay and lesbian issue. I have to admit that I thought some AA meeting cus- toms were strange when I was a newcomer, but I became sober with the help of my home group. I have never thought twice about anything my home group does. I owe them my life. That hand of the person next to us may end up being the first contact of hope that someone has. What if the Lord’s Prayer is the first prayer that an alcoholic has said in many years and one prayer leads to another for them? Maybe some people don’t see such things as bigger possibilities. Though I am heterosexual, I can only imagine what it is like to be accepted in a society that largely disapproves andtobeabletobewho you are. Isn’t our main priority to help people overcome the issues that led them to drinking no matter what they are? I read every article in Grapevine. Each one gives me the chance to walk in someone else’s shoes. I never want to pass up the opportunity to hear or Row, row, row your boat ... We got several letters about our October cover. Answer : It’s a roller coaster in Wildwood, New Jersey! SPECIALSECTION: RELAPSE&RECOVERY ALSO:TEENNIGHTMARE&ANGELINTHE LIQUORSTORE AA’SMEETINGINPRINT OCTOBER2011 AAGRAPEVINE.ORG GETTING OFF THE ROLLER COASTER Action, patience and prayer help a memberstoptheinsane ride WHAT’S ON THE COVER? aagrapevine.org 5 GRAPE_4-7.indd 5 11/1/11 10:15 AM