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Published February 2014.

On a Wing and Prayer

Seeing a trapped bird freed reminded him of his own journey into sobriety

During a workshop I attended, a sparrow flew in through the front door of the building. It was the only open door and the bird flew around, dazed and confused.

This bird had been me. I was dazed and confused. I was stumbling around, banging into things. I was in a place, or state of mind where I couldn't find any way to escape. The bird was doing the same thing, flying into walls and windows. Also, like me, he was scaring people in the process. People were trying to help us—both the bird and me, but we wouldn't allow it.

-- Russ S.

Manitowac, Wisconsin

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