...And the obvious

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...And the obvious

Postby Tim » Fri Oct 06, 2006 4:06 am

"Recovering alcoholics have problems with only three things: success, failure and the obvious."

Joe McQ. tells a story illustrating problems with the obvious in his book The Steps We Took where he tells of a farmer who has trouble telling his two horses apart. So he crops the tail on one horse. This helps for awhile until the tail grows out. Next he chalks the hooves of one horse, but the chalk disappears whenever the horse gets its hooves wet. Finally, the man discovers a better way to tell the horses apart. "I noticed," he says, "that the white horse is about five inches taller than the black one".

So many times, what I call the "duh" factor is apparent after the fact in some action I took. It's not anything subtle that requires "the wisdom to know the difference" but it's as obvious in retrospect as the difference between black and white. The truth be told, it's embarrassingly obvious. It's a good thing that alcoholism recovery is lifelong and one isn't expected to graduate in four years or get a PhD in sobriety. I guess that's why alcoholism recovery is often referred to as a Spiritual Kindergarten.

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Postby cinderbobble » Sat Oct 07, 2006 2:35 pm

:oops: Thanks! Seems to me the only obvious thing is this board seems to be thinnin' out. I hope people get back with it again! I miss 'em :lol:

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Postby Dallas » Sun Oct 08, 2006 3:32 am

Kind of like some of the meetings sometimes, I guess. Thins out for a while and then gets real busy again. :lol:

One way to get it busy though... is just jump right in there and shake it up a little bit. :wink:

Nice to see you Cinderbobble!

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