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Grapevine : January 2012
found this difficult to believe. He said that his obsession was taken away as the result of the program of recovery that was outlined in the Big Book. I began putting these principles into practice. I had a mustard seed of will- ingness, a little bit of honesty, and a smidgen of open-mindedness. The halfway house had many other rules. It was required that I get a job, so I began interviewing and eventually landed one. I cannot tell you when it hap- pened to me. I don’t know the exact date, but I know that sometime be- fore I got my six-month medallion, my obsession to drink was gone. God was accomplishing things in my life that I was completely unable to do on my own. My perception of the world and my fellow man began to change dramatically. I was relieved of the self-centered, self-absorbed, self-de- structive, and self-loathing behavior that had been my prison. I began to embrace my past as my greatest as- set, and I began to serve others with enthusiasm and love. I happily attend five meetings per week. I really like the members. They have become true friends of mine. On the evening of November 25, 2007, someone from the bar had called the police to tell them I was planning to harm myself. I don’t know who it was. I have asked for their name. The people at the bar that night know the individual but they will not share it will me. I suppose I will never know who made the call, but I am very grateful the police took me to the hospital against my will. I understand why folks get so low that they want to end their lives. I also understand that once this disease is treated, we can re- alize what an incredible and precious gift life really is. Today I have come to know peace of mind, serenity and joy. I experience these things every day. Four years ago I would have been hard-pressed to even define these words. Today they are part of my daily living. In the past four years I have done many things against my will, and I have come to the conclu- sion that my will is no good for me unless it is in line with God’s. I am very fortunate that, by God’s grace, I have been given this gift of true hap- piness and freedom, and it all came to me against my will. Allen K. St. Cloud, Minn. I suppose I will never know who made the call, but I am very grateful the police took me to the hospital against my will. I understand why folks get so low that they want to end their lives. aagrapevine.org 51 GRAPE_47-51.indd 51 11/14/11 4:38 PM