Jan 08: Your Favorite Story or Passage of the Big Book

Your Favorite Story or Passage of the Big Book

This topic came up recently in another recovery group I am a part of, I hope it wasn’t here also…smiles…I am kinda losing it. I loved seeing all the different passages and stories that folks related to. I love everything about the BB. The Promises which Laura lead us on last week (by the way, my fav. part of the promises and I always say it to myself when read at a mtg is: “We will intuitively know how to handle situations which baffled us”. However, the one story that I really relied on in early recovery…and still do til today is…can you guess?? It might have something to do with my screen name…it is from the 3rd Ed. of the BB –“Dr., Alcoholic, Addict” and it is Dr. Paul O’s story…which on page 449 in the 3rd Ed. and page 417 in the 4th Ed. starts by saying, “And acceptance is the key to all my problems today…”. I had to read that passage every AM before calling my sponsor when I first got sober…it has saved me many times….I even was blessed to have met and had Dr. Paul O sign my BB. His whole story was great. Many folks stop at 449 or 417..however, he has so much more to say after that famous passage. If you read on he goes on to say, “He goes on to say, “when I focus on what’s good today, I have a good day, and when I focus on what’s bad, I have a bad day. If I focus on problem, the problem increases; if I focus on the answer, the answer increases” (page 419 of the 4th Ed.).

That is what I try to live my life with today….focusing on solutions…its not always easy, esp when everything is crumbling around you…I usually, with the help of talking to my sponsor and others…can get myself there….

So, what is your favorite story or passage and how has it helped your sobriety today?