From the March 2018 magazine.

Relax your grip

On the beach, on a beautiful day in March, he took both hands and learned to let go

A few years back, my wife and I were fortunate enough to find ourselves on a vacation together with my sponsor and his girlfriend in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Morning coffee and quiet times of prayer and meditation were often followed by 7:30 a.m. eye-opener meetings and the opportunity to meet other like-minded vacationers from the East Coast.

The chance to have this time together with my new sponsor, Dave, following the loss of my 20-year sponsor, John, was indeed providential. It gave each of us an unfettered period of time to talk and learn from one another how we apply AA’s Steps to our thinking and living problems, as well as the chance to take stock of the myriad blessings in our recoveries.

-- Paul M.

Valatie, New York, USA

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