From the August 2017 magazine.

Keeping my place

Thanks to his Big Book, a father in Michigan built a history in sobriety—sometimes with crayons

The “Old Men” who first helped me get sober in East Lansing, Michigan, told me, “You need to build a history in the program, son.”

Still shaky and newly sober, I wasn’t quite sure what they meant. But I certainly do now, all these years later. They meant sobriety would be a “second life” lived and just as I marked time and events in my first life of drinking and chaos, so too should I mark people, experiences, time and events in my sober life of service.

-- Michael C.

Mason, Michigan, USA

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