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Grapevine : January 2012
I thought I could save some mom from picking up. that people who spent their lives helping others were just stupid, but now I see that true happiness is found in this type of life. Christopher K. Lexington, Ky. Trust me, I know MY children were tak- en about 20 months ago by child protective custody, and I haven’t had a drink since. Sometimes it hurts so bad that I wish I were dead, but I have remained sober, and the days are getting better. I have worked the Steps, which helps. Meditating, prayer and the Fellowship are what is getting me through this unimaginably horrific time of my life. I thought I could save some mom from picking up a drink after being sober, thinking one more time won’t hurt. It could. More than you could ever imag- ine. Trust me. I know. Cass E. Filled with giddy joy IAM coming up on my 22nd anniversary and cannot express all that AA has taught me and is teaching me. I am filled with a giddy joy while writing this. My kids are asleep in bed, and I am not lonely. I can write and use words to express my- self today. I did not finish high school and when I arrived in AA that Monday night in 1989, I couldn’t read more than two or three words at a time. I know how to ask for help today. Yes, I have “a lot of time” in the program, andyes...Iamstilla beginner. Nancy H. New Canaan, Conn. only one. Being a part of the AA Fellowship proved that there was hope for a different future. I did not need to be ashamed. As I worked the Steps, I was shown another way of life where I did not have to drink and hurt those around me. I wrote an inventory and made amends. I make my life based on doing for others instead of thinking about what I want or what I need. It is impossible to feel sorry for myself or feel sad about the past when I am trying to help another person. I had always thought aagrapevine.org 5 GRAPE_4-6.indd 5 11/22/11 3:04 PM