From the April 1994 magazine.

When Tornadoes Touch Down

I thought I would never grasp Step Three. It almost undid me. I fought and fought and fought some more. I flailed around in a self-induced cloud everywhere I went, like Pig Pen in the "Peanuts" cartoon. I couldn't seem to get enough fast answers, so I kept returning to my standard menu of willfulness and defiance.

Thank God a peaceful, wise AA in my home group quietly sought me out after a meeting one night: "If you're having such a painful time with Step Three, Katherine, you might consider going back to Step Two." Of course that had never occurred to me. Yet those simple words offered me profound relief from the storms within. Little did I know then that tornadoes would touch down again at Step Seven.

-- Katherine M.

Quincy, Florida

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