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Published May 2014.

Where's the Beef?

She realized there was a connection between her spiritual condition and her perception of meetings

Sometimes I sit in meetings and think, "Why do people sound like they are just spewing words instead of experience, strength and hope? There's no meat to what they're saying! Where's the beef?!"

When I first got sober, I lived in a different area. I remember sitting in this recovery club on the second floor, with around 50-70 people squeezed in, beyond capacity, feeling like, "Yeah! This is what it's all about!" People who were homeless and hungry were talking about gratitude. This was on hot summer days with no air conditioner.

-- April P.

Monongahela, Pennsylvania

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