one of my 1st memories with my sponsor was when he would pick me up and take me to meetins with him. when we would get there, he would introduce me to the others and as he did, they told little jokes and laughed without abandon. it was an introduction to somethin i had lost and wanted back so desperately. they were free from the demands of self and their alcoholism. every meetin he took me to, there was always a different group of people this would happen with. oh, how i couldnt wait to experience the happiness, joy, and freedom they lived and showed. together as a group, ive learned i can have the same as had been shown me in my early recovery. with the fellowship i get an opportunity to experience life in a manner i had secluded myself from for an exceptionally long time. since those early days ive gotten to be a member who does exactly as i had witnessed in my early recovery. im not compelled to a life of loneliness and seclusion any longer. it was difficult to get out of self so early in my recovery, but since then, as a result of the 12 spiritual principles, ive been able to share my story with others, come to terms with what used to make me feel self-limited, and be a part of a life i had always felt i was discredited from joinin. i get to be a part of an adventure in livin that is really worthwhile. with willingness and the freedom ive learned to live through recovery, ive a chance to live a good life today. ive found its worth the battle, no matter how tough the goins are from day to day. as ive grown strong spiritually from my times apart with God, ive learned, if what ev im tryin to control is out of my hands, it deserves freedom from my mind too. those old timers taught me how a life of prayer and quiet communion with God can free my mind so it may be set in the right direction so that my thoughts will be of the right victories ive won over myself through the help of God and recovery. today, livin a life of freedom, a life of happiness & joy, i get to be a member of a group that shares a democratic “all-inclusiveness” that teaches me how freedom from self, benefits me and the group as a whole. 1 day @ a time...
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