The topic of the meeting this mornin’ was “expectations.” M. T. read from page 420 of the Big Book (5th edition) and I laughed coz (I think) the reason for the fifth edition revision of the “personal stories” was to stay true to a fundamentalist view of “singleness of purpose” in which “confine our discussion to our problems w/ alcohol” means: don’t mention other drugs. And I laughed coz, if I’m correct about the editors’ intentions, then they really blew it by puttin’ one of the most read and commented upon passages of the story section, the “nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God’s world by mistake…” passage, on the “it’s not just a number, it’s a way of life” 420 page.
420, or 4:20, or 4/20….a series of digits embraced by pot-heads everywhere to signify their allegiance to, if not reliance on, marijuana. A number that seems to evoke a pavlovian response in more than a few of the newest recruits to our fellowship whenever the number is mentioned. And, though the evidence is purely anecdotal, I’m gonna accept it as fact coz I kind of like the idea that our trusted servants, in an effort to one track our “desire to stop drinking,” have triggered a strong consideration of the cannabis maintenance approach to recovery in a small but significant portion of our community.
Of course, I just might be completely mistaken about a mistake that can not be a mistake coz “nothing, absolutely nothing happens…” etc., etc., etc.