From the July 2011 magazine.

The Steps at Sea

A dispute on an isolated, ocean-going ship led him to turn to the Fourth Step for a spiritual solution

I work on ocean-going ships. There is a great deal of beauty in this as well as loneliness. The money is good and the daily savings provided by free food and lodging has a multiplier effect. It’s what I have done for my adult life. The stresses of possible call-outs at any hour, difficulties with foreign languages and the workers we meet, the extremes of climate, as well as lack of meetings are all a part of this life. Of course the personalities we meet are as challenging as in any other occupation, perhaps more so as there are no weekends away from the office.

Recent troubles with a co-worker have placed me where alcohol once did. I must accept spiritual help or fight on towards a bitter end without it. It’s funny how after many years we can still experience a knee jerk fight or flight emotional reaction. I await the day when my first and only response is, “let me demonstrate a spiritual program of action.”

-- Ron. W

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