A fellow alcoholic and now, alumni, shared his writing with us on his final day. Another miracle among us. On page 164 in the big book of Alcoholic Anonymous, there is a final paragraph and is one of my favorites. I am blessed. I get the opportunity to plant seeds. The same seeds that someone planted with me when I was a guest at Tallgrass. Sometimes, those seeds sprout right before my eyes…. See you down the road, my friend….Joan Swenson #113
“Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and to your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny. May God bless you and keep you-until then.”
“With the patience of unconditional love, she led me to acknowledge, first that I was powerless over my alcoholism. That others before me had conquered their illness. That there had to be some source of help, higher than anyone of us and that, together, we were a well of strength…on which anyone could draw. From that point it was not hard to venture into the realization that a Power greater than anyone of us existed. With that understanding I found direction to my own Higher Power. On that spiritual foundation I began to build a new life.
I now understand that the spiritual malady should be my main concern. That the more faith I have, the fewer problems I will have. Today I have more faith then I have ever had. As my faith grows, my fears lessen.
The insidiousness of alcoholism is an appalling thing.”
The definition of insidious is….
1) slyness, crafty, wily
2) more dangerous then seems evident
3) causing horror, shock or dismay
-Ron W. #639