From the June 2013 magazine.

June 2013: The best is yet to come

With a sponsor's kick and a few Steps, his marriage got a lot better

When I was about 20 years sober I was whining to my sponsor about my wife criticizing me. “I have been listening to this for a long time,” he said. “Either accept the woman as she is or divorce her.”

While I was stunned for the moment, my sponsor had kicked me to a higher spiritual level in my marriage. I took his advice and did my best to give her unconditional love, as I would a fellow AA member. This effort continued for the rest of our marriage, till her death.

The second half of my marriage was the best. And living the marriage vows “in sickness and in health,...

-- Bernard K.

Grove City, Ohio