I've read a number of the stories in various editions of the Chicken Soup series. This particular one, by far, is the best I've read. But then, in myI've read a number of the stories in various editions of the Chicken Soup series. This particular one, by far, is the best I've read. But then, in my experience, the people in 12 step programs already tend to be walking, breathing examples of such stories in their daily lives anyway.
I've only gotten through maybe 10% of the book so far, but I already have a favorite story that had me sobbing yesterday...
An alcoholic flight attendant had just come out of a month-long rehab program and was back at work. She got off a flight and felt herself on shaky ground in the airport when the overwhelming desire to drink suddenly gripped her. She sincerely didn't want to drink, but felt powerless to stop it. Desperate for help, she hurried to airport staff and had the following page issued all across the airport:
"Friends of Bill W., your party is waiting at gate X. Will friends of Bill W. please go to Gate X?" (For those who are unaware, a "friend of Bill W." is AA-speak for an AA member).
Fifteen people, from all over the airport, showed up at Gate X. Two of them were boarding and decided to miss their flights so they could go help this fellow member. They had a meeting on the spot, right there at the gate.
It's a beautiful thing. Not only the lengths to which we will go for recovery, but the lengths to which others will go for us as well. ...more