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Grapevine : June 2011
I give extra at my home group. Fellowship—the remind- ers of those seemingly hopeless first few days help keep me sober right alongside the long-time members who encourage and inspire me. Thank you, God, for transforming my terror and hopelessness into peace, strength, and hope through AA. Kevin M. Colorado Springs, Colo. Tradition 7 When I came into AA in el Cajon, Calif. in 1976 I was richly blessed (though I couldn’t see it at the time) to still have a job with an income that did pay my rent and all of my needs with a little left over. My sponsor taught me early on, about keep- ing it simple and giving back freely what was so freely given to me. And even if I could only afford 10 cents, put it in the hat and all the other 10 cents would add up over time. This is one of the simple things I have retained over the years, when the “hat” goes around. I give extra at my home group and at least $1 at the other four to five meetings I attend each week. I was also told to pay my personal bills and expenses on time every monthandifIhadtobe late, I needed to contact my creditor and make an “honest” arrangement and then follow through. Today I have excellent credit. I was really struggling financially back in 1976 and desperate to get so- ber. I’m still amazed and have come to believe that anything I “give freely” comes back to me at least ten-fold and in ways I never even thought of. Thanks to God and AA for that when I first walked in here.” “Me, too,” I answered, tears forming in my own eyes. The newcomer was wonderfully courageous, sharing her fear, how she had tried to control the people and circumstances of her life, and the terrible emptiness that was her daily existence. The Big Book tells us newcomers are one of the primary reasons we have meetings. God certainly brought that principle home that day. I pray for her daily, though I don’t remember her name. I don’t know if she’s going to stick with the program. I hope so. Mostly, I thank God for this aagrapevine.org 5 GRAPE_4-6.indd 5 4/29/11 3:51 PM