Wednesday, May 13, 2015
LIVE, LEARN, LIVE
THIS IS HOW WE LIVE AND LEARN...
or is it "learn...and LIVE?"
--a short story. Young man came into a meeting last night, his first in three weeks! Always the "quiet one"...sober a couple months. He sat there for the hour meeting and he who never says a word, began to speak:
"I listen to what you people tell me, but...two nights ago I had dinner with my girlfriend. SHE ordered for herself a margarita, and for me a nice Lowenbrau (beer). I stared at the bottle of beer for how long I don't know, was ready to reach out and quell my fire, when I heard the words.
"It was a story in our Big Book, about a sober guy who felt so strong, and "healed" that he ordered a scotch to dump into his milk. Then one more, because the first went down fine. He was found three weeks later in a trash can in New York...and woke up in a hospital.
"Few sentences after that story was a line which read, 'An alcoholic...will be absolutely unable to stop drinking on the basis of self-knowledge...'
"Well, I want you people to know I thought about all that, and just reached out and pushed that beer away." (End of story)
Some will know of what I write. Others will not but I experienced a strong pushing feeling to get it out there on my blog. It's called "live and learn"...I call it "learn...and LIVE!" (I did!)
(NOTE: I've changed a few facts to avoid copyright problems, and breaking of anonymity, but the conversation is intact.)
May 13, 2015