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October 2011: Four Simple Words

A cherished AA slogan comforts a newly sober husband after the loss of his wife

"I noticed a sign on the wall that assured me that “This too shall pass.”

When I first entered the rooms of AA, a little more than 30 years ago, I noticed a sign on the wall that assured me that “This too shall pass.” I certainly hoped so. At the ripe old age of 24, I was suffering legal, financial, family, and—if one counts a variety of accidents and alcohol withdrawal—health problems. That little sign gave me hope. It still does. But I had no idea at the time just how profound and far-reaching those four simple words are.

At an AA meeting in the early 1980s, I met a remarkably beautiful girl named Ann. Both in our mid-20s, we became friends at... Login to read more
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