Thank You

There is a different way to live and there is a different life available to all who have the desire to stop drinking.  It has turned my life around, and gives me hope for continued sobriety and peace.  I think it’s a good thing to have those in the medical field come to the meetings, I believe they will be in a better position to treat those who need help, when they are educated as to the benefits of being a member of A.A.  They can direct their patients to a way of living that has a proven record of helping others to abstain from alcohol.  I know that any time I attend a meeting I represent A.A., and any time I claim sobriety through A.A., I claim the Program to be the one right course of action that has brought about the changes I see in my life.  I have enough serenity today to accept life on life’s terms.  I have the courage to change what needs to be changed, and there is much requiring change.  I have the wisdom to know that the Program of Alcoholics Anonymous is the one true program that has continued to work for all who seek help.  For all that I have received I remain truly grateful, and humbled beyond measure.


9 thoughts on “Thank You

  1. Quote ftom from 24 hours a day.
    ” I pray that I may believe that God is ready and willing to supply me with all that I need. I pray that I may ask only for Faith and strength to meet any situation.”
    Love to all, Tree

  2. Top of the morning family,
    The more I’m thankful for my blessing(s), the more my focus is on Divine Mercy.
    The more I’m asking for help, the more humble self becomes.
    The more I give thanks, the more I’m aware of His presence.
    When I carry His message, self becomes less…
    Today, reality is not an option.
    It’s a good day to have a good day..

  3. I’m grateful to the ER physician who finally got in my face and told me that alcohol was killing me–he was really angry and it got my attention. My father was a physician and a heavy drinker and I guess a high-functioning alcoholic. Both of his parents had drinking problems and died prematurely due to alcohol-related causes. My mother died of stomach cancer in her 50s and also was a heavy drinker. I started drinking at age 14 and had a number of alcohol-related incidents and my parents said nothing at the time and no guidance was provided. I have a running resentment about “what if’s” and how my life could be different if I stopped drinking at, say, age 15. Fortunately, I was finally able to get sober in 2006, and I consider it my greatest achievement in life. Thank you AA! But…in my humble opinion, I sort of wish AA had a strong anti-alcohol message rather than letting people, who probably are in the fog of denial, decide if they have a problem. In my experience, I didn’t seek help seriously until people got in my face and started warning me that I was in extreme danger. I read a statistic that 10% of drinkers consume over half of all alcohol. My guess is that the alcohol industry convinces the medical community (and AA as well) that it’s up to the individual to decide if they have a problem. I understand that AA doesn’t want to scare off newcomers, but I think a warning should be attached to alcohol and teach this to kids at an early age–sort of like not touching an open flame. Right now, the message is too soft and society suffers the cost. My wife’s parents stopped drinking in their 30s and had a very strong anti-alcohol message to their kids and they all have an appreciation for the dangers of booze. I think the food industry is similar and has convinced nutritionists that there is “no bad food” when, actually, there are bad foods that should be avoided. Just my two cents and you can take what you can use and leave the rest. I’m grateful to AA for helping me stay sober today. (I understand the issue of personal freedom etc. and just wish there was a stronger warning attached to alcohol.)

    • Thank you for your message of experience. Your story will help many people, there is a man in my home group who has a similar story and he comes to three mtgs a week and faithfully shares his message w many young and old, and it has helped more than I can see. I think it is one of hope and honesty.
      It seems wonderful that AA started out with less than a 100 and is now beyond that. Thanks again. Kt

  4. Thanks Kt and want to emphasize that I understand that freedom to drink alcohol (or eat whatever food you like) is a personal choice–just want to suggest a stronger warning label that might help teenagers etc. Again, just my suggestion and ignore if you’d like. Again, very grateful to AA and feel lucky I got the message.

  5. Wonderfully presented reminder of our primary purpose; that we are in the grip of a fatal, progressive disease.
    That we who are in recovery do well to be reminded of what we are dealing with, and to dwell productively upon how to demonstrate both the nature of the disease, as well as our solution, to those still suffering.
    The words “humbly” and ” faithfully” come to mind…as does “compassion”.
    Maybe a meditative suggestion…

    As time’s relentless rhythm of freezing and thawing, sun and ice, scouring wind finally humbles hardest granite , all surrounding love eventually bares the hidden heart…
    Praying to open
    Praying to surrender
    Praying to welcome

    Grateful for the Gift

  6. Right now I’m waiting for a female friend to drive 20 miles and do a little visiting, dinner and a meeting. We actually dated fer a couple weeks, played kissy face and cuddled on the couch while watching movies most of the time. It’s pretty awesome to remain friends after deciding for both of us it wasn’t the direction we wanted to go . She’ll be selling her house and moving across the state to be a grandmother in the next year or so. We’re both pretty well firmly planted in AA. She helps me and I help her without motives. She’s a nurse who’s decided she couldn’t deal with the capitalistic corporate neglect in nursing homes

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