From the September 2011 magazine.

September 2011: Good as Gold

A sober connection far more valuable than money and riches

One day, when I was nearly 12 months sober, I was talking to my sponsor when he abruptly cut me off, saying he’d call me back. He did, apologizing and telling me that Jim S. had been on the line and he wanted to take the call. Jim had recently been diagnosed with heart failure, my sponsor explained. Vividly I remember him saying, “You should get to know Jim before he dies. His word is as good as gold.”

The following Tuesday night, Jim was at our home group, a men’s meeting that met a few blocks from the halfway house where I lived when I first got sober. The topic revolved around some work drama somebody was having or problems with their finances. When it was Jim’s turn, he said, “I either have issues or I have God. Pass.”

-- Elliot T.

Indianapolis, Indiana

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