During my drinking years, my one and only concern was
to have my fellow man think highly of me. My ambition in everything
I did was to have the power to be at the top. My inner self
kept telling me something else but I couldn't accept it. I
didn't even allow myself to realize that I wore a mask continually.
Finally, when the mask came off and I cried out to the only
God I could conceive, the Fellowship of A.A., my group and
the Twelve Steps were there. I learned how to change resentments
into acceptance, fear into hope and anger into love. I have
learned also, through loving without undue expectations, through
sharing my concerns and caring for my fellow man, that each
day can be joyous and fruitful. I begin and end my day with
thanks to God, who has so generously shed His grace on me.