From the April 1964 magazine.

A Bird in the Hand

AFTER ten years of unbroken sobriety as an active member of AA I am still grasping my sobriety "one day at a time." I have learned that I am much happier when I am holding onto the hand of the member who is just a little older than I, and reaching with the other hand for the member who is just a little younger.

There have been times during the passing years when life has been difficult and dreary; the gloom has inked its blotch upon the brightest pages of my days, and I have grown sick to death of the darkness. I have learned that no matter how well I am inoculated with the AA program, I am not immune to trouble. What, then, is there to do about it? I have to roll up my sleeves and hold on for dear life. I have found that the trouble lies not in my problems, but in my attempts to tackle them. Too frequently, my faith goes first, and when I cut this anchor, I drift into the "slough of despond." So I have to keep aware, and hold onto the things that are worth holding onto: love and understanding for the active alcoholic who still suffers and for each member of AA with whom I come into contact.

-- C. C. E.

Pompano Beach, Florida

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