Aha!

Photo by Tom Sodoge

Have you ever experienced an AHA! moment in your life? It is a time when you learned a great truth that might influence your entire future.  I had such a moment one day in February in 1961. I was attending my first meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. I arrived early and I walked up to the front of the room and started reading those 12 Steps of AA.

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over the care of God as we understood him.

Yes! Yes! I shouted to myself silently.  Instantly I felt relief. I would no longer have to try to drink like others do. So many of my friends might have one drink or two and that would be all.  Me? Something inside me made me have another and another and another.

No it wasn’t easy but with that support group sharing their experiences and their wisdom and with the help of God, it worked. That AHA! moment changed my life.

Over the years there have been many AHA! moments that impacted my life in other ways too. Those precious moments when suddenly you understand something that has troubled you for years. I’ll be looking for another today.

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