Thank you, Debbie!
What a wonderful analogy. What a beautiful message of hope, encouragement & recovery.
I remember those chains so well. I was a slave to King Alcohol. I couldn't do anything about it, so I tried to convince myself that I didn't care. But that little worn patch of dirt became a pit as I dug myself deeper & deeper, & before long I wasn't able to see the light of day cuz my consciousness was so obscured by alcohol.
AA offered what at first appeared to be a flimsy reed. I grabbed on to it with the desperation of the dying & have not let go. The book tells me that "reed" was the loving & powerful hand of God. It had to be. Nothing else could have broken those choking chains.
One of my favorite parts of the book is, "Do not be discouraged." I say it to myself a lot when things are crummy.
As long as I don't take that first drink & am willing to grow along spiritual lines, there is hope.
Thanks again for the happy song to sing today.
I'm celebrating right along with you!