Everyday in my recovery is a very special day for me. There is no denying that. Everyday is a miracle. There is something that is very special about today though.
What could be so special about June 10th?
Today is the 78th birthday of Alcoholics Anonymous. This was the day that Dr. Bob took his last drink and adventure began.
I always think about how this all started. How the organization that helped save my life and the lives of so many others started. How it was something that could have so easily not started like it did. I think about that day that Bill Wilson was in Akron and walked into that hotel. There was a bar that on his right and there was a directory of churches that was on his left. He chose the directory and made a call that got him hooked up with another alcoholic.
How did he even think that this was going to be some that would help him when all that he had ever thought about doing before that day was to drink. It was so hard to not make a right and head on into that bar. I don’t know what I would have done on that day.
There were so many times that I wanted to make the right decision and walk in a different direction only to have my feet and body turn right and walk straight for the bar. That was what had always been my remedy for so long. I am so happy that one day I chose to make the left turn like Bill Wilson did that day in that hotel. He reached out and wound up at the home of Dr. Bob.
I really wish that I would have been a fly-on-the-wall for that conversation. Wait, I feel like I have had that same conversation with countless numbers of people in my life. It has been repeated over and over again when one alcoholic talks to another alcoholic.. and the magic begins.
What a feeling it must have been for them both after they had been sober for a while and went out to recruit the third person for the fellowship.
I am very glad that he made the choice to turn left…and made that phone call. That call saved Bill’s life, Dr Bob’s life, my life and the lives of millions of amazing people.