From the March 2015 magazine.

Under This Roof

Living with a sober member of AA is one of the greatest blessings of my life. My partner and I have a common purpose, a common Higher Power and a common way of life in AA. We don't have the temptation of alcohol inside our home, and we attend some meetings together. We go to the same church, and we have many friends in common. At times, we read, pray or meditate together. We continue to take our own inventory and can promptly admit to each other when we have been wrong. Life today is truly joyful, full of acceptance, forgiveness, tolerance, understanding and love.

That's not to say that there are never any difficulties, misunderstandings or disagreements. Even in recovery, alcoholics like us remain prone to stubbornness, self-centeredness and contempt prior to investigation. Unless God's will is the paramount concern for both of us, we invariably have to deal with conflicts over our differing views of reality. What I need to do is own my own part in the disagreement, keep my side of the street clean, and accept with serenity my partner's experience of life.

-- Anonymous

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