Upon entering A.A. I listened to others talk about the reality
of their drinking: loneliness, terror and pain. As I
listened further, I soon heard a description of a very different
kind -- the reality of sobriety. It is a reality of freedom
and happiness, of purpose and direction, and of serenity and
peace with God ourselves and others. By attending meetings
I am reintroduced to that reality, over and over. I see it
in the eyes and hear it in the voices of those around me.
By working the program I find the direction and strength with
which to make it mine. The joy of A.A. is that this
new reality is available to me.