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Sunday Sundries – Dr. Bob’s Nightmare Part 2


Another Sunday, come and gone. Another stellar day to be out and about. Last night standing on my balcony, just before sunset, there was a great light in the sky, it wasn’t a reflection or a plane but it was the brightest object in the sky with the sun setting. It soon set as it got dark. I half expected it to rise again tonight in the same spot, or trek across the sky but tonight I did not see it either in the sky or at the spot I viewed it last night.

Oh well …

I departed early and arrived at the church alone. My set up helper arrived shortly after, and begrudgingly set up with me, then I noticed she walked off in the direction of Cinq Saisons. When she spoke up at the meeting, she said that all this stuff, the meetings, sharing, the sponsor, were all annoying her. And she left before I could speak to her afterwards.

Oh well …

Today we read the remainder of the story about Dr. Bob and how he met with Bill and never had another drink again. The story is better served when/if you have read “Dr. Bob and the Good Old Timers” and possibly seen the documentary illustrated in the above image.

Dr. Bob was a man with a serious problem. In the end he was hiding copious amounts of liquor, he had the shakes and all that goes with an “A” type alcoholic. His wife made contact with Lois, who invited them over to the house to try and help Bob. Bob agreed to the meeting, but only allotted Bill a maximum of 15 minutes, then he had to leave.

As the story is told, the two men sat down and began discussing this problem we call alcoholism. Six hours later, when all was said and done, Bob remarks that

“Of far more importance was the fact that he was the first living human with whom I had ever talked, who knew what he was talking about in regard to alcoholism from actual experience. In other words, he talked my language.”

Bob’s last drink was on June 10th 1935. He stayed sober ever since.

Reading side literature about this event, and seeing it on film, really drives home the point that nothing guarantees one’s sobriety than working with another suffering alcoholic. Bill laid out the words and Bob was receptive to the message. And you could say that it was during that talk, that Bob’s spiritual experience began.

If not for the first hundred men and women who got sober using the book and working with others decades ago, we would not have this amazing movement that has helped millions of people around the world, conquer, one day at a time, the cunning, baffling and powerful addiction we call Alcoholism.

Bob shares with us the four points of why he gives it away to others, something we can all aspire to:

  1. A sense of duty
  2. It is a pleasure
  3. Because in doing so I am paying my debt to the man who took time to pass it on to me.
  4. Because every time I do it I take out a little more insurance from myself against a possible slip.

And the story ends with these words … Some people think them arrogant and think that they were written before the concept of “God as we understood Him.” The book was penned along with the steps which is where Bill came up with “God as we understood Him” after talks with several people.

“If you think you are an atheist, an agnostic, a skeptic, or have any other form of intellectual pride which keeps you from accepting what is in this book, I feel sorry for you. If you still think you are strong enough to beat the game alone, that is your affair.

But if you really and truly want to quit drinking liquor for good and all, and sincerely feel that you must have some help, we know that we have an answer for you.

It never fails, if you go about it with one half the zeal you have been in the habit of showing when you were getting another drink.

Your Heavenly Father will never let you down.”

The writer of this book encourages everybody who has this book to “READ THIS BOOK !!!”

I learn something new every time I read the book again.

A good night was had by all.

More to come, stay tuned …


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