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Grapevine : January 2012
to give AA a shot. In fact, I somehow knew that AA was where I belonged, and I couldn’t wait to get to my first meeting. I took all the suggestions I heard. I was in love with my new life. every day was a new exploration of thought, of my relationship with my Higher Power. I was eventually released from the treatment center and went straight to a meeting. I chose a home group and went to three meetings a day. I got to know the members, and even though they were generally 30-plus years my se- nior, I was a part of something for the first time in my life. Soon I was chosen to chair a meeting. I’ll never forget it: It was an 8 p.m . meeting on Independence Day, 1992. The meeting was about three blocks from where the city would celebrate the holiday with fireworks and the members were anxious to get out and enjoy the spectacle. An old-timer suggested that I choose gratitude as a topic because it would be a short meeting and we could get out of there quickly. It didn’t quite work out that way, but we did finish up our closing prayer just in time to get out and celebrate. The journey my life has taken since I’ve been sober is amazing. I can’t believe the things I’ve done, the places I’ve gone and the person I’ve become. I can’t believe the gifts I’ve been given. I am so grateful to the old-timers who patiently and lovingly guided me along the path. Their com- passion and tolerance have given me the tools to help others, and I hope every day that I can live up to the standards they set for me with their own actions. I am so grateful that today I am able to serve my home group. I am so blessed to practice our Traditions for the benefit of some- thing much greater than myself. I am so grateful to every member of AA for being a part of our Fellowship. Jason K. Albuquerque, N.M. Discussion topic I was constantly on edge,” said the author of “Not So Tough,” who came into AA at the young age of 15. “I wanted everyone to think that everything was no big deal, that I could take it all in stride. I couldn’t stand to be inside my own skin anymore.” Once he came into AA, the Fellowship, a connec- tion to a Higher Power and service helped him find the tools to feel better and navi- gate life a little more easily. “I can’t believe the things I’ve done, the places I’ve gone and the person I’ve become,” he now says. What are some tools that AA has given you to help you feel more confident? What are some ways you get relief today when you’re “on edge”? You may use this topic at a discussion meet- ing, or share your experi- ence on the i-Say bulletin board, www.aagrapevine. aagrapevine.org 21 GRAPE_16-21.indd 21 11/22/11 3:57 PM