I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
– Robert Frost
Bill wanted booze. Badly. His life was a shambles and his doctor had warned him that, if he kept drinking, his choice was between insanity and death. He had stumbled along, but found that when he got together with others fighting alcohol addiction he could stay sober that day. But a business deal had gone sour in a town where he knew no one, and he was at a hotel where the bar offered the only solace.
In desperation, Bill made his choice. He went to a phone booth and called local ministers begging for the name of someone trying to stay sober. He was finally put in touch with a struggling alcoholic called “Doctor Bob.” They met and talked for six hours. Bill stayed sober that night – and for the rest of his life.
That meeting gave birth to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), which has helped untold millions in their battle with alcoholism. Bill – or “Bill W.” as he was known according to the tenets of anonymity essential to AA’s philosophy – was named to Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th Century. And all because one person made one right choice.
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