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The Road of Happy Destiny
In 1982, I was reading the book of Alcoholics Anonymous for the first time. It is fondly known as the “Big Book,” because the first edition had thick pages and was very big.
On page 164 I read this: “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.”
This sentiment gave me hope for the future and a brighter tomorrow. I kept moving forward and good things happened, but they were never permanent. Sorrow and disappointment always came along.
I prayed to God for a permanent brighter tomorrow and he did not answer me. I went back to the Big Book and read it again. I noticed for the first time that it did not say we were going to a happy destiny, but that we already on it. Our recovery is our happy destiny and we will meet a lot of people on this road.
What I learned in AA is not in this quote. It is that when you meet people on your path you reach out and share with them so that they know they are not alone as we keep trudging.
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