Sayings from DA’s Founder

I was reading the DA newsletter, “Ways and Means” from the second quarter of 2012. I loved these two quotes from DA’s Founder, John H. and wanted to pass them on to you.

D.A.’s founder, John H., was fond of talking in metaphors and parables about the recovery program he formulated in the 1960s and 1970s. It was his discovery that debting is a disease of perception caused by incurring unsecured debt that opened the door to recovery for thousands of compulsive debtors. One of his favorite sayings focused on the way debtors see the same amount of money differently than other people. “A normal person with $100 in his pocket and a credit card with a $5,000 limit thinks he has $100,” he would say. “But a debtor with $100 in his pocket and a credit card with a $5,000 limit actually thinks he has $5,100.”

In another favorite metaphor, he would illustrate his belief that debtors are not defined by the amount of money they have, but rather by the way they use it. “It’s a good thing they don’t give debtors a week’s supply of air at one time,” his saying went. “If I got my week’s supply on Monday morning, I’d be in deep trouble by Tuesday night!”

This made me laugh with relief and recognition. Today, we can be grateful that others have gone before us to create a way out of our addiction and into recovery. How lucky we are for all those who developed and now walk the path of DA before us and alongside us. Today, let us remember that we are not alone. We have a solution to our problem and all we have to do is reach out for the help that is available to every one of us if we are willing to follow the steps to recovery.

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