“Charming is the Word for Alcoholics” – Fulton Oursler (1940)

Rarely do I send out parts of a full article, but here is a good example of seeing great qualities in someone who is struggling.  No matter what someone seems to be tied up in, they have so much good in their minds and hearts. Find the good amidst the challenge!

“Charming is the Word for Alcoholics” By Fulton Oursler 

Down at the very bottom of the social scale of AA society are the pariahs, the untouchables, and the outcasts, all known by one excoriating epithet-relatives.

Such is my considered opinion. As a journalist it has been my fortune to meet many of the people who are considered charming. I number among my friends stars, and lesser lights of stage and cinema; writers are my daily diet. I know the ladies and gentleman of both political parties; I have been entertained in the White House. I have broken bread with kings and ministers and ambassadors and I say after that catalog, which could be extended, that I would prefer an evening with my AA friends to any person or group of persons I have indicated.

I ask myself why I consider so charming these alcoholic caterpillars who have found their butterfly wings in Alcoholics Anonymous. There are more reasons than one, but I can name a few.

They are imaginative, and that helps to make them alcoholics. Some of them drank to flog their ambition on to greater efforts. The AA people are what they are, and they were what they were, because they are sensitive, imaginative, possessed of a sense of humor…

And they are possessed of a sense of universal truth. That is often a new thing in their hearts. The fact that this at-one-meant with God’s universe had never been awakened in them is sometimes the reason why they drank. The fact that it was at last awakened is almost always the reason why they were restored to the good and simple ways of life. Stand with them when the meeting is over, and listen while they say the “Our Father.”  They have found a power greater than themselves which they diligently serve. And that gives them a charm that never was elsewhere on land or sea. It makes you know that God, Himself, is really charming, because the AA people reflect His mercy and His forgiveness.

Liberty Magazine© – 1940


Charles Fulton Oursler (January 22, 1893 – May 24, 1952) was an American journalist, playwright, editor and writer. Oursler grew up in Baltimore, the poor son of a city transit worker. His childhood passions were reading and stage magic. While still in his teens, he got a reporter’s job for the Baltimore American and married Rose Karger. They had two children, but the marriage ended in divorce.

He was Supervising Editor of the various magazines and newspapers published by Bernarr MacFadden from 1921-41. Macfadden urged him to drop the “Charles” from his name. He became editor of “Liberty” after Macfadden acquired it in 1931. Oursler left MacFadden Publications shortly after Bernarr MacFadden was ousted from the company and Ourler’s tenure with the company was continuous from 1921-41, except for a brief period following the success of “The Spider” (1928). In 1925, Oursler married Grace Perkins, who was a former actress, prodigious contributor to the Macfadden magazines. Several of her novels were made into films

Writing as Anthony Abbot, he was a notable author of mysteries and detective fiction. His well known works are “The Greatest Story Ever Told”, “The Greatest Book Ever Written”, “A Skeptic in the Holy Land”, and “The Spider”.

Source: Wikipedia

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