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From the October 2011 magazine.

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 first, having not only recovery and other sober friends in common, but similar interests in books, music and politics. If not the proverbial match made in heaven, it was certainly within a bird’s eye view of it.

-- Jim S.

New Brighton, Pennsylvania

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