Share and Share Alike

For me, it was either sobriety or death. I chose death. When that didn’t work, I had to go with sobriety.

Remember that guy i told you about who’s been sober since 1967? This is what he shared tonight in a meeting. He’s not very talkative, but what he says always hits home for me.

i went up to him after the meeting to tell him how much i appreciated his pearls of wisdom and before i could convey this, he said, “Oh, I saw you at a meeting last week! I thought what you shared was the most cogent thing said in that night. Sometimes newcomers come up with the clearest observations.”

This made me feel very good, of course. That someone with so much time could get something from a comment of mine instilled in me a sense of satisfaction and hope.

What was it i had said to elicit such a response? Interestingly enough, it was the sentiment i shared in a post just a couple days ago.


About Al K Hall

Like a battered drinker or a punch drunk boxer, i am here for another round. For those of you who don’t know me, i’m a semi-professional writer on the rocks and a non-practicing alcoholic (if after 30 years of practicing, you still can't do something well, it's best to just give it up). For those of you who do know me, thanks for stopping by anyway and where’s the ten bucks you owe me? Welcome to my Bar None. A hole in the wall where we can hang out and trade the kind of stories you swap only when you’ve had one too many and either can’t find your way home or are afraid to. Hell, it’s cheaper than therapy and plus the pictures are prettier. Here we’ll crack open bottles and jokes and ‘last call’ are the only dirty words you’ll never hear. Pull up a stool and make yourselves at home.

Posted on October 6, 2011, in Alcoholics Anonymous, Alcoholism, Lessons in Recovery, Recovery and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I really and truly believe that each and every person has knowledge within and experiences to share with others. I believe in and have experienced learning from people of every age and stage, from every walk of life, from infants on up to the elderly. I guess it goes with the kind of belief territory in which we can see and understand that every person with whom we come into contact has something to share with us, no matter how seemingly insignificant we might think the encounter is. Even newbies at something have insight. The key is to be open-minded, to be on the lookout for the wisdom. Sometimes wisdom comes in unusual packages in unusual places.

    Sounds like Mr. Sober-Since-Sixty-Seven understands this very well.

    • Hi Angel,

      All this reminds me of an exchange in Richard Bach’s Illusions. The sage says, “Happiness is a warm puppy,” and the apprentice remarks, “You’re quoting Snoopy now?” To which the sage responds, “I quote the truth wherever I may find it.”

      It’s all about being an empty glass!

      Keep coming back, my love,

      Al K Hall

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