From the December 1979 magazine.

A Beautiful Calm

The Serenity Prayer replaced his anger with

MY CAT and I are sharing a quiet kitchen on a Sunday morning, he with his saucer of milk and I with my strong coffee. The house is asleep, and my feline friend and my thoughts are my only companions. That giant ball of fur is singing his song, a deep bass purring, as he occasionally rubs against my legs or nudges me with his head. Could it be affection? In any event, it is a miracle of sorts; in days gone by, he would avoid my alcoholic stench. Before AA, it was always Sunday morning coming down from, or climbing out of, a cloud of booze. No one wants a drunk--not even a cat.

The kitchen is warm, and so am I, warm with a sense of well-being and peace. As an early riser, I know many such Sunday mornings now--my time to reflect on the Steps, with special attention to Four, Ten, and Eleven. However, this Sunday is a special one; my only child was married yesterday. God's grace and the program allowed me the sober joy of giving her to her husband.

-- R. P.

Margate, Florida

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