“I WAS AN EXCEPTION”
He [Bill W.] said to me, gently and simply, “Do you
think that you are one of us?”
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 413
During my drinking life I was convinced I was an exception.
I thought I was beyond petty requirements and had the right
to be excused. I never realized that the dark counterbalance
of my attitude was the constant feeling that I did not
“belong.” At first, in A.A., I identified with others only
as an alcoholic. What a wonderful awakening for me it has
been to realize that, if human beings were doing the best
they could, then so was I! All of the pains, confusions and
joys they feel are not exceptional, but part of my life,
just as much as anybody’s.