I desperately wanted to live, but if I was to succeed,
I had to become active in our God-given program. I joined
what became my group, where I opened the hall, made coffee,
and cleaned up. I had been sober about three months when an
old-timer told me I was doing Twelfth-Step work. What a satisfying
realization that was! I felt I was really accomplishing something.
God had given me a second chance, A.A. had shown me the way,
and these gifts were not only free--they were also priceless!
Now the joy of seeing newcomers grow reminds me of where I
have come from, where I am now, and the limitless possibilities
that lie ahead. I need to attend meetings because they recharge
my batteries so that I have light when itís needed. I'm still
a beginner in service work, but already I am receiving more
than I'm giving. I can't keep it unless I give it away.
I am responsible when another reaches out for help. I
want to be there--sober.