I would have spent a couple of thousand of dollars to build a new front porch, and put it on a bad foundation, not realizing that the bad foundation was the problem. It seemed to me, and everyone else who looked at the porch, that the wood was the problem.
As I watched the porch miraculously recover, I was reminded of my life just before I got sober. I had a host of serious problems. Frankly, drinking didn't seem like the biggest one. Drinking seemed like something I needed to do to cope with the rest of the problems. And yet, somehow, in the midst of all this turmoil, I had the profound desire to quit drinking - I believe that desire was a gift from God. And once the alcohol was removed from my life and I started living on a spiritual basis - without all of the dishonesty that goes along with an alcoholic existence - all of those serious problems seemed to vanish into the ether!
Just like watching that porch untwist itself yesterday. I could not untwist my life by trying. But I could go to work, with the help of God, on its foundation, and my life would untwist itself.