From the February 2019 magazine.

Finding my lane

How learning to ask for help on a sober bowling team helped him find a Higher Power

One day at my morning meeting, a friend passed around a flyer announcing a sober bowling league. I was just five months into my sobriety and eager to continue experiencing the new life that AA had opened up for me. I had no social life during my many dark years of drinking, so I signed up to go bowling.

Off we went. I hadn’t bowled since I was 15. I was excited to give it a try again. On the first day, I felt like a kid. Our group was the loudest at the alley. We were full of exuberance. But there was just one thing: I was terrible at bowling—absolutely horrible. My teammates gave me plenty of helpful hints, but I felt like I needed more help. I started asking around about bowling lessons.

-- Jack F.

Asbury Park, New Jersey

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