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Grapevine : March 2011
Countless times I found that "pink cloud," only to see it followed by depression and anxiety. Countless times I thought I had reached the end and that the miracle would never be mine to hold. My new friends were always there, however, and unknow- ingly I took strength from their ex- amples and kept coming back. Prob- ably more out of stubbornness than anything, I kept working at it, never really believing that it could work for me. Many times I questioned wheth- er I was really an alcoholic! Finally a day came when all the things that had been told to me over and over again snapped into focus and I figured out what my fellow travelers had been saying all along: If I worked Steps One through Three, I would discover a new meaning and purpose to my life. If I worked Steps Four through Seven, I could clear anger, resentment and fear out of my thinking. If I worked Steps Eight and Nine, I would get rid of the guilt, shame and remorse. And if I worked Steps Ten, Eleven and Twelve, I could keep from adding those old poison- ous ideas back into my head. When all those things were scraped off, what was underneath, what was left and what had always been there were the peace, happi- ness and contentment I had been searching for so hopelessly all my adult life. The rewards I was seek- ing did not come from adding Grapevine 51