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Grapevine : November 2011
PRACTICE GRATITUDE REPRINTED FROM GRAPEVINE MAGAZINE, JUNE 1973LAST night, I led a meeting up here in Connecticut, and I ended my story by saying that I felt particularly grateful because a visit from my family had gone off so well. They had done so much to make the visit a success, instead of a major engage- ment on the battlefield. I was grateful because I had heard a couple of my own character defects loud and clear. I heard my own tone of voice, my own words, when I got up-tight. The family had made me laugh at myself. At the meeting, I added that I was grateful to be sober. I've had some lovely weeks in Wyoming in the summer with my three big grand- sons, hiking, riding, going on wild, white-water float trips. I certainly never could have done this without AA. Drunk, I wouldn't have had any friends in my family. Indeed, I prob- ably wouldn't be here at all. Also, I felt an outpouring of gratitude because I was leading one of my favorite meetings, in the com- fortable and cozy parlor of a lovely New England church. Good meet- ings can happen anywhere. This was CLASSIC GV: GRATITUDE After a visit with her family, she remembers the good things 20 November 2011