From the March 2012 magazine.

Chance Encounter

A kind message from a customer in the grocery store turned his AA program around

I had landed back in AA about 12 years ago. I had been many times before, and this time, I still wasn't sure what I wanted. I knew I wanted to get out of trouble at home, work, with the law—I wanted to stop drinking.

I had been coming around long enough to start reading the Big Book and to try to listen during meetings. But it still wasn't long enough to want a sponsor, to work the Steps, or to get a home group. I couldn't see or feel like anything was changing. I was ready to give up. I just wanted to quit.

-- Daniel D.

Lynchburg, Virginia

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