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Grapevine : June 2011
Where was the AA rainbow? Were life situations going to make me bitter or better? These were my assignments for this period of life: Accep- tance. Don’t drink and go to meetings. Don’t quit. Call your sponsor. Sponsor people. One day at a time. One situa- tion at a time. Ask for courage. Pray for wisdom. Needless to say, none of this I felt like doing. I had to get grate- ful for the simple things, like air, breathing, talking, coffee, food. Sober, still sober, wow. Finally, I came out the other side with compassion for the sick and the elderly, which took a long time to mus- ter. I learned about leadership in terms of making difficult decisions in life, not just mine, but an- other human being, my mom. With that came responsibil- ity and I was able to designate it to others, most of which were family members. My fam- ily acted as a unit when the chips were down, something I am very grateful for. After realizing God has the final say, I developed an intimacy with Him that I only used to dream about. I experienced how much He loves me, how He promises to never leave me. I am never alone. I was never alone. The gift of the Fel- lowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. Amaz- ing Grace, over and over and over again, no matter what. Denyse H. Huntington, N.Y. a safe bet that I will order a cup of herbal tea and a toasted bagel with no butter or jelly or jam. I have been coming to this diner ever since my social breakthrough. “Living large tonight?” the AA friends I have made often kid, as they order hearty meals. But I am not there for food. I am there for the emotional, mental and spiritual nour- ishment that food cannot provide. I am there for fellowship, “the fellow- ship we crave,” as our Big Book says, a craving that only people can satisfy. David S. New York, N.Y. After 20 years of hard-earned sobriety, getting slam- dunked was not what I had anticipated. Need to change an address, have a question, give a gift or place an order? Magazine and Product custoMer service Web: AAGrapevine.org email: CustomerService@ aagrapevine.org PhoNe: 800.631.6025 U.S./Canada 818.487.2091 International Fax : 818.487.4550 mail: Grapevine, PO Box 16867, North Hollywood, CA 91615-6867 aagrapevine.org 57 GRAPE_52-57.indd 57 4/29/11 5:24 PM