From the October 2017 magazine.

A happy ending

Right when the meeting was over, a stranger put his hand up to share something he’ll never forget

At just five months sober, this year I attended the Area 3 annual convention in Pinetop, Arizona. I looked forward to escaping the Phoenix heat and taking part in my first AA convention in the cool pines of the Arizona mountains. I went by myself, but a couple from my home group was also planning to attend. So chances were good that I would see at least two familiar faces.

A new term jumped out at me from the convention program: “marathon meeting.” Wanting to experience this sort of meeting, I met up with an old-timer from my home group and we went together. The topic of the morning meeting was about having a spiritual experience in sobriety. 

-- Tom J.

Chandler, Ariz., USA

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