From the November 1973 magazine.

Thank God for My Despair

Our struggles with discontent and unrest lead us to ever-higher levels of living and learning - From the June 1965 Grapevine

IT IS AMAZING and a little depressing to see so many of our members drive themselves like madmen for perfect peace of mind and absolute serenity. Bags under their eyes, frowns on their foreheads--driving, driving. They act as though absolute peace of mind were the answer to life. Where do they get such a ridiculous idea? The Big Book doesn't mention it. Neither does Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. I can't find it in our other literature, either.

I haven't the slightest idea what the words "peace of mind" mean! I haven't the remotest concept of "serenity." "Contentment" is simply another word to me most of the time. Now and again, after a particularly rough emotional interval (and I have them constantly), I repeat the Serenity Prayer or say Easy Does It or First Things First, or any one of our Slogans, and peace and serenity and contentment come over me. I feel glorious and wonderful and calm and loving and giving. I even wonder what I was so upset about. I think that I have at last found the answer to life, and vow to hang on to my ecstasy for the rest of my life. And I mean it!

-- Dr. Earle M.

San Francisco, California

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