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Grapevine : November 2011
AND WATCH IT GROW just a dividend. When we opened the meeting for discussion, Mary said she'd recently been on a plane with a poor, shaking drunk who had cuts on his face. Just the cold, bare, good fact of her being sober had given her a lift. She had wished she could slip him some lit- erature. Hildy said she'd felt grateful when flying because the sun- set on the enormous, round horizon above the clouds made her feel the presence of a Higher Power. Betsy said that she practiced gratitude. She said you could make it grow, like a muscle you used regularly. Jack said that he was grateful because his wife used to pray for him when he took off for the bars, and he was sure this had finally got- ten him into AA. Ruth was happy that on the weekend of President Kennedy's assassi- nation, she had a book by Paul Tillich. "I kept it right beside me to read every time I sat down. It gave me strength," she said. We then went into the emotional definitions of grati- tude. Hildy said that it was a sense of aliveness. Ruth said that it was a sense of security and freedom from fear. George said that it was a warm, wonderful, good feeling. Ken said that it was the feeling a baby has in its mother's arms. I agree with Betsy that the prac- tice of gratitude makes it grow. In- deed, gratitude is expedient for us; it PHOTO BY PHIL G. aagrapevine.org 21