Transmuted Suffering

A.A. is no success story in the ordinary sense of the word. It is a story of suffering transmuted, under grace, into spiritual progress. ~AA World Services Inc. As Bill Sees It. A.A. World Services, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

We often come to Al-Anon with the philosophy that if something works, it will work even better and faster if we try harder. But Al-Anon involves a long-term process of growth and change. ~ Family Groups, Al-Anon. Courage to Change—One Day at a Time in Al‑Anon II. Al-Anon Family Groups. Kindle Edition.

Transmuted, changed in form,
nature, or substance.
“The raw material
of his experience
was transmuted into stories.”
Alchemy was an effort
to transmute lead, etc.,
into gold.
If suffering is transmuted
into spiritual progress
have we found a way through
the Steps to turn base metal
into gold? It’s more
like turning coal into diamonds,
though. There’s certainly a change,
but the best changes come
months or years or decades
into Recovery. Don’t stop
until all of the miracles happen!

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