From the February 2011 magazine.

February 2011: Reality TV

He “got” Step Two by plugging into a beautiful floor console television

"I just wanted a nice TV. Was that too much to ask?"

Near the beginning of my sobriety, I found myself talking with a sponsor about Step Two, and he encouraged me, as our literature does, to ask myself what kind of God or Higher Power I was willing to believe in. It didn’t have to make sense to anyone else, he told me, as long as it was a power greater than me, and it made sense to me. He also encouraged me to search my own experiences for any time when I felt that I was being helped or cared for.

I wasn’t sure where to begin, until a little while later when I was re-reading “Bill’s Story” in the Big Book. At the beginning of his story, our co-founder mentions seeing an “ominous warning” on a tombstone just as he was beginning his drinking career. Years later, the “real significance” of this experience occurs to him, when he realizes that at that moment he was reaching out to something, and something had reached back! I was amazed to find myself identifying with Bill’s experience; only, for me it was a television, not a tombstone.

-- Jim M.

Oceanside, New York

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