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Grapevine : January 2012
times i’d cry in meetings, sharing that i did not want to do life with- out him. The people let me rant and rave and carry on until the pain be- gan to subside. i came out on the other side of it all, being grateful that i did not have to drink over it. during their rough times, i often suggest my sponsees put one foot in front of the other, suit up and show up, and do the next right thing. Oftentimes, i need to heed my own suggestions. i meet with my spon- sor regularly and talk to her about the rough stuff as well as the good stuff. For me, sharing really does take the power out of my stressful situations. i continue to sponsor newcom- ers, and working with them is truly the highlight of my sobriety. i get to stay sober another day when i can help someone else in some way. Service work has taken my re- covery to a whole new level. i love my AA “work.” i take chairperson positions at the district level, and i currently put out the newsletter for our district. i help take wom- en’s meetings to inmates in the jails. i work with the Bridging the Gap program. i am GSR of our Fri- day Grapevine meeting. My Higher Power has been re- ally good to me in spite of the terri- ble things that i’ve done in my past. Mine is truly a forgiving God, and i thank him every morning and every night. i am truly grateful to have a place to live and a bed to sleep in—instead of those awful places i found myself in when i’d come to. When i came to AA, i felt like nobody could have lived a life as bad as mine. But as i came around the rooms and listened to all the sharing, i realized that some peo- ple had come through worse situa- tions than i had. i went to jail—but not to prison. i was put in asy- lums—but not longer than a week. i was arrested for drunk driving— but only once. Then i was told to put the word “yet” after each situ- ation that i had not done. i then understood that those were things that i would have done had i kept on drinking. i’m grateful for my terrific and understanding family, and for won- derful and caring friends. i am grate- ful to AA and the awesome “design for living” that it has given me. Mary B. Menominee, Mich. I’d cry in meetings, sharing that I did not want to do life without him. The people let me rant and rave and carry on. For more stories like this, v isit aagrapevine.org /topic/personal-stories 46 January 2012 GRAPE_40-46.indd 46 11/22/11 3:59 PM