October 5, 2011
Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives. Alcoholics Anonymous Page 89
A man came to the meeting drunk, interrupted the speakers, stood up and took his shirt off, staggered loudly back and forth for coffee, demanded to talk, and eventually called the group’s secretary an unquotable name and walked out. I was glad he was there – once again I saw what I had been like. But I also saw what IÂ still am, and what I still could be. I don’t have to be drunk to want to be the exception and the center of attention. I have often felt abusedÂ and responded abusively when I was simply being treated as a garden variety human being. The more the manÂ tried to insist he was different, the more I realized that he and I were exactly alike.
from “Daily Reflections”
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