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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Rich (04/26/12)

By Julie Andre



In the beginning days of my recovery from alcoholism, I was very selfish and self-centered. Of course, I didn’t know that about me. Denial is not a river in Egypt!
One Friday night as I sat in the beautifully decorated condo that I owned, I found myself having a private pity party. When I called a friend of mine to share my self inflicted misery, she wasn’t buying into my pathetic state. The more I listened to her voice, the angrier I became. I had always considered myself, cute, sweet, and nice. That night I found another side of me. My friend told me to hang up, make a pot of coffee, and write down a gratitude list. All of this was to be done at 11:00PM. Then she told me to call her in the morning. What nerve she had! She hung up while I still held the phone. I, Miss Goody-two-shoes, hurled the phone across the room. Needless to say, the phone had a few problems after that quarterback throw.
Early the next morning I called my “friend.” I had done what she had said. I was very proud of my list. When she asked me to read it to her, I did so with great enthusiasm. After my reading the list, she asked me two very important questions. First, where was GOD on the list, and second, where was sobriety on the list. The truth was those two things didn’t even make the list. Instead, I had managed to come up with money, men, sex, and jewelry!
It has taken me 29 years to realize that true riches come from time spent with GOD, and the sober life I lead today. With GOD and sobriety, I am surrounded with family and friends whom I love and love me. I am a rich woman!

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CD (Camille) Swanson 05/03/12
Thank you so much for sharing this story with us. It held my attention and brought home a reality of what is "important in life" and the MC... Praise the Lord, finally with God's help, figured it out.

COngrats on the long years of sobriety. God Bless you~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/05/12
This is a powerful testimony. I commend your courage on writing about something I'm sure is difficult.

Just a couple of minor suggestions. Save your exclamation points for dialog, when you use your words to show the exclamation, as you did here, the exclamation point becomes redundant and it's a much more powerful effect with the words. The other thing is to double space between paragraphs.

You covered the topic in a fresh and different way. I've read several stories this week and this is the first one that makes the impact in the way you did. Alcoholism is something almost everyone can relate to today, if not personally, then through a friend or family member. You did a super job with this well-written piece.
Pam Ford Davis 05/12/12
Yes; you are a wealthy woman.
The phrase Denial is not a river in Egypt is fantastic.

Wing His Words!
Pam Ford Davis 05/14/12
I saw you ranked at #15 out of 31 with this entry. Congratulations!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/14/12
Congratulations for ranking 15th in level one! Check the message boards for the top 15 in your level and the top 25 overall.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/14/12
You can find the top 15 rankings in your level and the top 25 overall on the message boards. Here is the link for this week. You can copy and paste the url and it should take you right to it. Usually it's posted some time on Thursday evening but this week it took a tad longer.