From the August 1983 magazine.

A Fourth Dimension of Living

SOMEONE ONCE asked me after a meeting just how I was able to establishe what he perceived to be a strong relationship with my Higher Power. He felt that I had something he wanted, and he did not know how to get it. I explained that basically he was asking for what those who have gone on before us had offered, namely, "If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it--then you are ready to take certain steps." It's really that simple, I said, knowing that it still wasn't easy.

Those early days were a struggle for me. Even today, after thirteen years in AA, there are still times when I fight the obvious solution. Lack of power was the driving force that both brought me to AA and compels me to stay. I had become convinced that I could no longer manage things myself, nor could I find a method of release that satisfied my own ego.

-- D. M.

Lebanon, Pennsylvania

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