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From the April 2015 magazine.

One room at a time

At 22 years sober, she was about to make a big move—but this time she let her past experience do the heavy lifting

I’ve heard it said that we can do anything “one day at a time.” I’ve lived that way for many years in sobriety. Taking it one step at a time, sometimes one minute at a time, has worked beautifully for this alcoholic. But in May of 2011, it was one room, one box at a time.

That spring, I became worried about my job. I’d worked for four plus years as a virtual administrative assistant to a life insurance agent from another state but I had never met the man. All of our business communications were by phone and internet. It was my dream job. The hours were great, I could be of service, the money was just what I needed, and the agent was a prince to work for. But as with many other businesses in this economy, things started to slow down and my hours were diminishing. I was working part-time and began having trouble making ends meet. One day I wrote “my job” on a piece of paper and put it in my God box.

-- Mary O.

Brownsburg, Indiana

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