BOUND BY A POWERFUL CEMENT
"We are people who normally would not mix. But there exists among us a fellowship, a friendliness, and an understanding which is indescribably wonderful. We are like passengers of a great liner the moment after rescue from shipwreck when camaraderie, joyousness and democracy pervade the vessel from steerage to Captain's table. Unlike the feelings of the ship's passengers, however, our joy in escape from disaster does not subside as we go our individual ways. The feeling of having shared in a common peril is one element in the powerful cement which binds us." BB p. 17
This was and still is a most favorite passage. Even in the beginning when my brain was mush and I understood very little, I did understand what this meant. I was drowning in an ocean of alcohol with no friends, no hope, no love, and nowhere to go but down.
Then I found myself rescued by you in Alcoholics Anonymous. I came to understand that we shared a common salvation from certain destruction. Whether you were like me or very different from me, you reached out the hand of AA to me and I grabbed hold.
You became my lifeline. I am forever grateful and am bound to all of you in a very special way. A powerful cement binds me to those who welcomed me to AA, to my sponsors, my sponsees, and now to my blog friends.
Thank you for saving my life!