From the August 2007 magazine.

Present For Now

When still fairly new in sobriety, I was invited to an AA national convention in Mexico City. The Estadio Aztec was filled with thousands of happy AAs.

The joy in the group was both obvious and contagious. Even a Roman Catholic cardinal in attendance noted that we must be a group of the "spirit" because, as he quoted, "The fruit of the spirit is joy."

An older man from Michocan was sitting next to me. We started up a conversation. He told me that a short time after he first went to AA, he told his wife that he wasn't going to meetings anymore because he drank too much coffee...

-- Anonymous