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(#1474) Dick H (Woodstock, GA)
11/17/2016 in Woodstock, GA  EVENT: The Way Group  TYPE: AA, Male, Story

Sober 12 years since 2/9/2004 at age 57, Dick drank alcoholically from his first drink in high school - though he was a functioning alcoholic for many years missing only 2 or 3 days of work in all that time due to alcohol.

He graduated from the Air Force Academy, flew missions in Vietnam and worked in the Pentagon. He was in a long unhappy marriage

He retired in 1989 and went to work for a guy he met in a bar.

Dick got divorced, "Eventually my X and I just quit."

He came into AA after totaling a car in Canton, GA, going to jail and making the local newspaper - being a public figure in the town.

He cried much of his first meetings.

"But when I got over being a mind reader and a fortune teller my life cleaned up an awful lot when I was able to 'mostly' stay in the present moment."

Very active in the recovery community, Dick has remarried in sobriety to a woman who did her dissertation on Alcoholics Anonymous.

He shares about going to a local church and hearing a Franciscan priest from the west coast say:

"Our pride demands that love be merited." and Dick says, "...that's really just not true particularly in the case of my Higher Power, my God who loves me - unconditionally."

Dick shared another message from that priest:

"Remember when we say 'Love' and I think this is how we say it in Alcoholics Anonymous, what it means is this: I wish you God's Peace; I bear you no ill will. I should be able to say that to anyone."

(43 min) (10.1 MB) (id#1474)