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Priceless Peace

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Before I was halfway through my Ninth Step, I experienced, as the Big Book promises, a new freedom I’d never dreamed was possible: “Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us” (Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th. ed., p. 84). I was free from the fear of financial insecurity. The feeling was new and odd. Much of my life had been spent in the pursuit of money and more money and, ideally, someone else who would provide that money. Working Step Nine, I repaid several thousand dollars in amends. I didn’t stretch it out over time; I realized that my recovery

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