Julie's post made me think of a man I knew when I lived in another part of town.
He'd say in meetings sometimes, that he hadn't gotten angry in 6 years. People would just roll their eyes.
They didn't believe him. I did.
Someone even called his bluff & punched his front teeth out. He didn't get angry. (this is true stuff!)
I moved, but, when it was my turn as a board member of the Fellowship club to bring in speakers, I called him & asked him to speak.
He did, & people were drawn to him like a magnet. He'd been a hardened criminal & now worked with the lowest bottom drunks, most of whom died. He had quite a story.
After the meeting, everyone flocked to him to get the answers to all their questions & to find out his secret. I think they were disappointed to hear that it was the black ink on the white pages of the big book. (He liked to say that the big book was the Bible written in drunk.) So they kind of dismissed him as "out there" & not something they could attain for themselves.
But, I don't believe that's true. It's my opinion that there are things that are possible in sobriety that I've never dreamed of.
Dallas said in the "Adventures Before & After" topic that we only live 10% of our life. Could it be that I'm only living 10% of the AA principles?
Hmmmm.... Where's that pen & paper?
(When I'm tempted to get angry, I remember that I still have my front teeth, & it doesn't seem so important anymore)
Let's get living!