Sponsorship held two surprises for me. First, that my sponsees
cared about me. What I had though was gratitude was more like
love. They wanted me to be happy, to grow and remain sober.
Knowing how they felt kept me form drinking more than once.
Second, I discovered that I was able to love someone else
responsibly, with respectful and genuine concerns for that
person's growth. Before that time, I had thought that my ability
to care sincerely about another's well-being had atrophied
from lack of use. To learn that I can love, without greed
or anxiety, has been one of the deepest gifts the program
has given me. Gratitude for that gift has kept me sober many