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Grapevine : November 2011
The only thing that kept me going ... before I got sober. ey helped to make it safe for me to come home and be alone. Working the Steps with a sponsor and understanding the fears that plagued me helped me to make peace with my fears. Now with 10 years in the program, I look back and see that one of the gi s of sobriety I received is the ability to enjoy my own company. I not only crave time to myself, but enjoy meditation, as it further stills my mind that was once a twisted mess of emotions. e program not only gave me physical sobriety, but peace of mind and the ability to be alone with my own thoughts. Karen W. Orange County, Calif. Not afraid to ask I'M 79 years old and six years sober. I love the letters from critical read- ers. e fact that they do write to complain proves they are searching in the chaos for answers. Most of them will find those answers if they continue to search. I found mine in acceptance and the Serenity Prayer---and the Grapevine. Sheila R. Sebring, Fla. Thank you, GV! Ihave volunteered for my local H&I panel as a result of the Grapevine and the letters printed from readers who at- tended their first meeting while in an institution. Keep up the good work, each day for my life, my sobriety, and my free- dom---and I pray for all prisoners everywhere. Helaine D. Sudbury, Ontario Fear no more WHEN I came to the rooms of AA I was so uncomfortable with myself that I couldn't be alone without significant fear. e only thing that kept me going the first few years of sobriety was the responsibility of two cats that I got right PHOTO BY CAROLINE W. aagrapevine.org 5