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Grapevine : November 2011
AROUND the tables, the won- derments of AA spill forth, only to be surpassed by more wonderments. is morning, when I was thinking of what I owe to each of you, I realized that words fail to express the abiding gratitude I have to you. Prayers of others led me to AA, which led me to God, who led me right back to AA, which led back to prayers. Only you, each of you, by attempting to find your own solution, could have done it for me. If some of you hadn't, who would have been there to help me? ose of you whose last drink was a er my last drink have helped me by letting me help you. ose of you who are just arriving are helping me in a way that is not clear to you yet. But it will be when you understand, as I do now, how much I helped those awaiting me when I ap- peared. My family and I (and we're a family because of you) had planned to work outside today; the fore- cast held such promise for yard work. It has poured all day today. Our house (thanks to you) has been leaking (not your fault). We couldn't go outside, but it didn't bother anyone; we delighted in doing things indoors. I finished a ceil- ing. My wife baked a low- is necessary for our growth in AA to feel grateful for what we have. When I am frightened, I pull in my anten- nae. When I am angry, I have blot- ted out the sun. I must always strive to free myself from character defects that stand in the way of my free atten- tion, my freedom to make choices, my equanimity, my trust in a Higher Pow- er. Gratitude gives me the confidence to go ahead and make some more ef- forts, cheerfully and without a sense of inadequacy. Gratitude for sobriety helps to keep me sober. When I appreciate what I've re- ceived, I can give more discerningly. And I want to be discerning about the good things that happen each day. We are so quick to pick up the things that have gone wrong. I, for one, am some- times slow to notice what's gone well, because the immediate things, the things in the now, often seem small in themselves. However, if I can enjoy a meal or a cup of coffee with you today, laugh with you and exchange views, engage in a little AA talk, isn't this part of the fabric of life itself ? I have so often chewed my nails because I was worrying about some problem that eventually turned out all right, or some disaster that nev- er happened. Thus I have wasted a million golden moments when I GRATITUDE REPRINTED FROM GRAPEVINE MAGAZINE, MAY 1973 22 November 2011