From the August 2017 magazine.

Say What You Need to Say

How his fear of making amends to his brother ended with a song

When I attended my first AA meeting in June of 2009, I had no idea that my resentments were ruling everything I believed about the world and my personal relationships. Fear had driven me to a level of self-centeredness that had completely cut me off from others and what I call the “spirit of the universe.” What I did know was that I was miserable. Driven by total despair, I was open to a series of simple AA messages: keep coming back, attend a meeting every day and work the Steps. I was off on a new adventure.

With a Big Book in hand, I listened to the greeters at the door, the speakers at the podium and my fellow members in neighboring seats. Two months later, I was sitting in front of an old-timer sharing my inventory in a lovely, Eden-like backyard.

-- John S.

Los Angeles, California, USA

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