From the December 1996 magazine.

Distilled Spirits

I've recently had a lot of time on my hands due to the economy. Sitting around waiting for the phone to ring can bring on our number-two killer, self-pity. When this arises, I always remember what we were told in Bill's story, and I head for the local hospital. As the Big Book tells: "On talking to a man there, I would be amazingly lifted up and set on my feet. It is a design for living that works in rough going." The message I bring is the same one that Ebby T. gave to Bill in his kitchen. We simply lay out the kit of spiritual tools for inspection and describe how it has worked for us. After that, it's up to the individual and the Higher Power.

-- Kevin O'M.

Chicago, Illinois

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