Archive for March, 2009

This was posted in the Comments section and I thought I’d get it to a place were more people might read it. Its from Carson W. Who has helped a bunch with our website. If you have a story or some info you would like to share let us know in the comments. thanks.

Thought you might enjoy the following.

Biography: “A Different Slant”

Harry B., New York.
(OM, p. 252 in 1st edition.)

His date of sobriety was probably June 1938. It is said that he sued to get the money he had loaned A.A. to get the Big Book published refunded.

Harry was probably an accountant. He is believed to be “Fred, a partner in a well known accounting firm” whose story is told on pages 39 through 43 of the Big Book.

He was happily married with fine children, sufficient income to indulge his whims and future financial security. He was known as a conservative, sound businessman. To all appearances he was a stable, well-balanced individual, with an attractive personality who made friends easily.

However, he missed going to his office several times because of drinking, and when he failed in efforts to stop on his own, had to be hospitalized—a blow to his ego. At the hospital a doctor told him about a group of men staying sober, and he reluctantly consented to have one of them call on him, only to be polite to the doctor. He refused help from the man who called on him, but within sixty days, after leaving the hospital the second time, he was pounding at his door, willing to do anything to conquer the vicious thing that had conquered him.

He soon learned that not only had his drinking problem been relieved, but quite as important was the discovery that spiritual principles would solve all his problems.

While his old way of living was by no means a bad one, he would not go back to it he would not go back to it even if he could. His worst days in the fellowship were better than his best days when he was drinking.

His story is the shortest in the 1st edition. He had only one point he wanted to make. Even a man with everything money can buy, a man with tremendous pride and will power to function in all ordinary circumstances, could become an alcoholic and find himself as hopeless and helpless as the man who has a multitude of worries and troubles. Doctor Earl M. (”Physician Heal Thyself”) described this as “the skid row of success,” p. 345, 3rd edition.

Harry served on the first board of trustees of the Alcoholic Foundation, replacing Bill R., who got drunk. Soon Harry was drunk, too.

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serenityprayer1Ever wonder how AA came to use the serenity prayer? Here is a History on the Serenity Prayer, check it out.

By the Way….This is a prayer often times recited by members of the fellowship of A.A.

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

From the AA book Twelve and Twelve, Step Three.

This is the entire prayer:

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.

I thought this was kinda cool, I’ve known the full version for some time, and gather much insight from it, much more than the short version, which is much more appropriate to say in short time.  I think of the longer version, though, whenever I hear or say the prayer, especially the “accepting hardships as the pathway to peace” part of it, no fluff there, just a simple truth.

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