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This May Not Pass

He learned to accept his physical condition and used AA to help him manage it each day

After going to meetings and staying sober for over 20 years, with an average of two-to-three meetings a week, one would think that I'd have taken in every topic meeting imaginable. Not quite so.

An AA saying that has helped me tremendously over the years is "this too shall pass." But I and some other AAs have come to realize that some things in our lives will not pass. In my life I have to cope with chronic physical pain. I have on several occasions talked at meetings about how this pain affects my attitude and my serenity (or lack thereof). Sometimes when talking at a meeting, I would get a nodding response or that knowing look in another AA's eyes. But not very often.

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