Previous Patient’s Want Ad for a Higher Power

Our patient Jim K. wrote this moving Want Ad for a Higher Power.  Jim recently passed away in his sleep, sober.  At HVRC, we are very grateful to be able to have spent time with Jim.  He touched all of our hearts and we hope to think we had an impact on his…

WANTED: Higher Power
Alcoholic Addict in early recovery seeks long term relationship with Higher Power.  Respondents should be flexible and willing to work with and eager but inexperienced Alcoholic Addict.  Work hours may be quite long initially and likely frustrating, as mistakes will likely be made.  But I am quite sincere and learn quickly from errors in judgment.  Responding candidates need not guarantee miracles and need not reveal identity, but must be willing to be available on short notice.  Salary negotiable, but payment to be in the form of good deeds for others.

Response to Ad Placed for Higher Power
Dear Sir,  This is to introduce myself.  I am a Higher Power, with many years of experience.  Unfortunately my current and past client lists are confidential.  If I accept your positions, it will be subject to your faith in me and your level of trust in the process of recovery.  If I am to be effective it will largely depend upon your continuous commitment to sobriety, your willingness to do the next right thing and to do whatever it takes to remain in recovery.  Additionally, you much subordinate your will to my will, to not act rashly or without forethought or without regard to consequence.  Your initial commitment should be considered by you to last for your lifetime.

Dear Higher Power,  This is to advise you that I wish to employ you and to agree to all terms outlined in your response to my ad.  I sense that you are already in place and on duty.  Welcome!”

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