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(#1928) Jimmy E (Smyrna, GA)
2/7/1998 in Franklin, NC  EVENT: Common Sense Group Speaker Meeting  TYPE: AA, Male, Story

Sober 23 years since around 2/15/1974, soon to be 24 years, Jimmy is sharing at a group speaker meeting.

The member who donated the recording went with Jimmy and a few others to the meeting.

I would like to have had the opportunity to take a long drive like that with Jimmy.

He was a Golden Gloves boxer, Irish mob enforcer, con-man and inmate at Attica Prison at the time of the riot 9/9/1971.

He was given the gift to transcend that life style through a new design for living.

He speaks here about three forms of Gratitude:

  1. Being powerful (or did he mean powerless?)
  2. Finding the solution
  3. Being willing to go to meetings to grow

Some of his sayings I have adopted in my life:

"Living with an absence of inner turmoil."

"You cannot act angry unless you first think angry."

He published a little pamphlet in 1993 called:

Spiritual Success Systems: How to Live With A Trouble Free Mind

On the first page he states:

"The most hurting and frustrating times of my life were those times when my own thoughts were my own worst enemies. I now begin each new day in joyous celebration because when I changed my thinking, I changed my entire life."

Jimmy E of Smyrna, GA
Jimmy E from the back cover of his book circa 1993

(59 min) (13.5 MB) (id#1928)