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The Sidewalk, The Hole, and the Insanity

Recently I sent out an email to announce an up coming Ann Arbor Women’s Group event. The email was lopsided because the right side bar had a bunch of empty space so I decided to find a poem to fill that space. I googled “poems about addiction” and the poem There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk by Portia Nelson popped up.

“Perfect!”, I thought, “What a beautiful metaphor for addiction.” If you missed it in the email, here it is again:

There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk: An Autobiography in Five Short ChaptersFall In
By Portia Nelson

Chapter One
I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost …. I am helpless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter Two
I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend that I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in this same place.
But, it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.
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On March 3rd 2015 the Ann Arbor Women’s Group hosted a volunteer sign-up dinner at the Washtenaw Alano Club. The turn out was spectacular, especially considering there was freezing rain until an hour before the event.

Volunteer DinnerWe had some amazing volunteers help put this event together and make it happen. The ladies found out a little bit more about what we do at A2WG and Kelly B. and Tahra L. gave us moving testimonials about how A2WG has enhanced their sobriety.

Dinner was delicious and Jessica K. won the grand-prize raffle of a summer weekend recovery retreat ($170 value). 17 ladies signed up to announce and pass out flyers at their meetings and 26 ladies volunteered their future services to coordinate, lead or help at an A2WG event! What amazing, giving women we have in the Ann Arbor recovery community. There are going to be some awesome activities for the 2015-16 year(s).

It’s was a bitterly cold January day on January 10th 2015, with a temperature high of 10 degrees (more like zero with the wind chill factor) but did it stop 12 ladies from coming out for ice cream, fellowship and a movie? Noooo!

These ladies were champions just like the main character in the movie “Broken” that we saw at the Goodrich Quality 16 theater. It might have been cold that day but the fellowship we experienced warmed our hearts.


Ice, Fellowship and a Movie

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