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Published August 2011.

Web Exclusive: The Homely Truth

A member sets out to tell his story without trying to make it more interesting and entertaining than it really was

I would judge my share on how entertaining it was or how many laughs I got. Today I try to be a little more honest.

As I approach my 34th year of continuous sobriety in AA, I have begun to take a closer look at my "story". In the past, I don't think that I lied, but I may have exaggerated some events or embellished a little just to make them sound more interesting. I would judge my share on how entertaining I thought it to be, or how many laughs I got. Today I try to be a little more honest. A few humorous antidotes still manage to find their way in on occasion.

In the beginning I tried to make sure that my story would compare well with others I heard, rather than hoping that others would identify with the pain and hopelessness that I suffered. It became a combination of "can you top this?" and AA Parrottivity (repeating things I had heard without comprehending the meaning). Now, upon closer examination, I see how my story may be different but, certainly not unique.

-- Bob L.

Woodstock, New York

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