Member: Jay T.
Location: MI
Date: 4/20/2003
Time: 10:20:07 AM

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Happy Easter, Jay here, alcololic addict. Gratitude is a good topic for this day I think. Many of you have told me that negativity cannot live in a grateful heart so if I stay aware of what I have and don't concentrate on what I don't have then I have a happier and more positive outlook. So today I am grateful for my life and the people my GOD has chosen to put in it. Thanks for being here.


Member: Landscape Ray
Location: SCOTLAND
Date: 4/20/2003
Time: 11:46:09 AM

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Good subject Jay , sometimes i forget how grateful i should be! A.A.gave me a second chance and a new way of life, a new family and life style and a program that makes it easier to live in the big world out there,have a nice easter everyone -regards L-RAY


Member: Charlie Darling
Location: Key West SOON
Date: 4/20/2003
Time: 11:51:28 AM

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Happy Easter Family, Charlie Darling a very Grateful recovering Alcholic. My favorite topic, as I always keep gratitude in my life no matter how dark things may look. For I know this easter I am gratful I don't have to have a drink, and find out I burn the ham or vegtables. My life is not the best but for today it is good, and for that I am very gratful. I am gratful for the fellowship of AA, and most of all for AA itself for without it, who knows where I would be, and today is a day to say I am truly blessed, and gratitude is the key to all I have to over come in this life time. I Love you family, and am so gratful you are here for all of us Alkies. kwduke_1999@yahoo.com


Member: Chris
Location: T
Date: 4/20/2003
Time: 11:58:40 AM

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Hi I'm Chris and I am an alcoholic. I am graeful to have a loving God in my life. He allows me to do his will and I am willing to do it. When I do things my way it usually goes wrong. When I do it His way it always goes right. It may be difficult His way but it always works out in the end. I know I'm soing His will when my actions are loving, kind, and considerate. A A has truly given me a program that works to have a new life.


Member: Tracy
Location: Essex England
Date: 4/20/2003
Time: 12:29:05 PM

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Tracy here alcoholic, I am grateful for the new people AA has enabled me to meet, and for being aware of the god in my life.


Member: Judi
Location: NC
Date: 4/20/2003
Time: 2:53:59 PM

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Judi,Alcoholic. I'm grateful to have this tool for my recovery.I did alot of writing when I came in.A gradutude prayer was something I USED to do everyday. Maybe procrastion can be next weeks topic! LOL. The sun is shinning!! A sober day is a day won! Judi


Member: JimM
Location: CenCal
Date: 4/20/2003
Time: 3:49:42 PM

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Everyday at lunch I take a grateful walk. As I walk I say "thank you for my being sober", "thank you for my job", etc etc (not asking or telling, just saying thank you). I walk as far as I am grateful. It sure makes the second half of the day go better.


Member: Danny "Doc" F.
Location: Blue Mound, (Near "Cowtown") Texas, USA
Date: 4/20/2003
Time: 4:02:02 PM

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Howdy, Y'all! - Danny "Doc" F. here! Just an old, retired, burnt out, Biker/Smuggler/Hippy, left over from th' 60s, that's learned a better way to live, today! - Gratitude is a WONDER-FILLED topic! I could make a list of all, that I'm grateful for, today, but I don't think this board will accept a post that long!!! Seriously, though, after thinking it all over, the main things, I am grateful for, today, are my life, (I have one, now!) My God!, (I have one of those, too!) and my Families! (I have at least Three, now; my Natural Family, my Chosen Family, and my Recovery Family!) There are MANY other things, for which I am grateful, today; things like th' MIRACLES, in my life!! I'm grateful, today, that I have a message to carry, to others, who suffer, the way that I suffered! Addicts and Alcoholics, today do NOT have to die, as a result of this disease! Today, I know, that even though I will die, an Alcoholic, I do NOT have to die, FROM Alcoholism!! Hell! I COULD die, from old age!! That was NEVER a possibility, before Recovery!! What a concept!!! I'm ALMOST done, here, so, bear with me! Today, I am grateful, for LOVE! For many years, I was searching for LOVE, but, didn't know the meaning of the word! Today, I can LOVE others, because a God, that I chose, chose to love me, 'til I could learn to love myself, which has resulted in a miracle! Today, I can even love YOU!!! - Thanks, for letting me share! - Y'all have a WONDER-FILLED day! - "Doc" - "Marveling, today, at the gentleness, of the breeze, that blows through my mind!" (Thanks, God!)


Member: cindy p.
Location: bristol, pa
Date: 4/20/2003
Time: 5:40:50 PM

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hey, cindy alchoholic....funny how i forget to be grateful....being sobor has given me a life and sometimes i get too busy to be grateful..LOL. thanx for the topic


Member: Sito T.
Location: Puerto Rico
Date: 4/20/2003
Time: 7:55:07 PM

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Hello and 24 Hours to everyone. I am grateful today, because of the tools this program has given me in dealing with human relations. I still make mistakes when it comes to dealing with people, especially my wife. Sometimes I get mad at her over trivial things, but now I can sit back and analyze my stupid conduct so I get over my anger quickly and without the run for a drink.


Member: AZbill
Location: Sierra Vista, Arizona
Date: 4/20/2003
Time: 9:22:21 PM

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HI. Bill here, Alcoholic from Arizona. An attitude of gratitude is pretty essential in order to enjoy a happy, peaceful and serene recovery. If I am not peaceful and happy in my sobriety then I risk drinking again. Quite frankly I am not all that tickled to be an alcoholic. But I am grateful that I found out that I was and I am grateful that I know what to do about it today. If I do not drink today then I stand a chance of handling most anything that comes down the pike. I had to learn how to live in a society where drinking was acceptable and still not drink. I once had the privilege of drinking, but I abused that privilege so badly that it was removed. It does not behoove me to cry about it. I was once asked what I wanted out of recovery. With very little thought said....A family that loves me..A pretty decent job. A pretty nice car. Nice home. Respect of my fellows. I got all of that and much more. And for that I will be eternally grateful. Thanks. Love ya all. Bill. az-bill@mindspring.com


Member: Michele
Location: Texas
Date: 4/20/2003
Time: 10:16:35 PM

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I am Michele and I am a grateful recovering drunk. Looks like gratitude has dug me out of a ditch once again. I am six years sober and yesterday thought I would start drinking again. I was in deep painover being shamed by someone for not having children. I did not know what to do. I read this site today and it made the difference for me. I know I need to get to more meetings and I am so grateful for my wonderful higher power and all the miracles, my angel of a husband, my beautiful house, good family and friends, even an accepting church where the pastor talks "12 steps" and a decent job where I have respect and growth. I just know that in moments of my deepest pain gratitude has been the shovel that gets me up and out of my stuff. Sometimes I have to start with the basics: indoor plumbing, fresh water, sunshine, three meals, trees and then work from there. Great Topic Jay!


Member: Kim V
Location: kvaughn@madison.main.nc.us
Date: 4/20/2003
Time: 10:48:14 PM

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Kim V here alcoholic. I have so much to be grateful for today. I have a quality life thanks to AA and my higher power. I also just have had an incrediable expereince. I went back home on vacation and looked up an old friend who I figured would still be drinking/using, to ask her to lunch. I found that she has been clean and sober almost 7 years, just like me and has 2 beautiful girls, a successful business and is doing wonderful. God is good and today my gratitude cup is spilling over full.


Member: Diane B
Location: Oklahoma
Date: 4/20/2003
Time: 11:14:46 PM

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Diane here I'm grateful I am sober most of all and have a God who hears me and helps me through all the tuff times 26 days sober Diane


Member: Carol B.
Location: Nevada
Date: 4/21/2003
Time: 12:26:34 AM

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Yes, Thanks Jay for the topic of Gratitude on this Easter Day. Amazing how easy it is to get on with our sober lives and forget about why we are sober how we got sober and the intervention God had to use to get us here. Yes I sure am a greatful alcoholic. You folks on here are what keep me coming back and being reminded that this fellowship is way more than I ever thought I wanted or needed in my life. Thanks All.


Member: Kelly M
Location: NH
Date: 4/21/2003
Time: 1:17:26 AM

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I everyone and Happy Easter, Gratitude is a good topic. It was so nice to be able to go to Church for Easter again and give thanks and praise instead of being in bed drunk like I was last year. The thing I am most grateful for is that God removed my mental and physical obsession for alcohol. Something I thought would never happen but through willingness on my part and the help from AA it is happening. It's nothing short of a miracle. Don't give up before the miracle happens! Kelly


Member: Liz S.
Location: florida/paris
Date: 4/21/2003
Time: 2:09:37 AM

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hi all. love the subject of gratitude as i lived my life as an active drunk in the opposite of gratitude: with my nose in a glass or bottle i saw Life as a series of mishaps and misunderstandings, blaming the world for the inside of my head. today, approaching my 6th anniversary in AA, sober, i can say, most assuredly, that i am living the life i only dreamt of, sitting for years on my barstool. the things my sponsor told me to write on my "god-list", in my very early sobriety, the things i thought i wanted, have come true for me, it is a miracle, and only because i have not taken a drink (even when i wanted to) a day at a time for the past six years, had the willingness to go outside my comfort zone (stagnation, fear, resentments, laziness) to get to a better place (and not because i'm "good" but because i did as i was told, i followed 'suggestions' from people who came before me in the Program, i let myself fake it til i made it) and here i am, oh my goddess, happy and joyous and dare i say it, free. thanks to the Steps, the Fellowship, meetings and the incredible people i've met who gave me their time, their advice and on occasion, the kick in the butt i needed. the Promises have come true for me, - keep coming back, it works, if you work it. gratefully, Liz S.


Member: Wally B.
Location: DELAWARE (DE.)
Date: 4/21/2003
Time: 6:57:46 AM

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Hello, my name is Wally,and I am a happy,& gratfully recovering alcoholic (but for the grace of GOD I now have nineteen + years sober!!!) ALL with the help of someone special that taught me about gratitude-"HOOT"(I'm sure anyone in the DE.knows of him.) back in August of '83 he told me of how I would become grateful for being sober on a daily basis and boy oh boy was he right, AMEN !!! Today(the day after Easter) I am aware of other people and their eelings that before I really didn't give a da__ about before BUT today I am grateful that there are other people out there that I can relate to and have them teach me on a daily basis how to be grateful about my life and of those around me, ESPECIALLY my loving wife of eighteen years that has also taught e to be tolerant of my gratitude and NOT to take advantage of it OR take it for granted either. To stay sober &grateful today I intend to "Praise the LORD" and try my da__est to do his bidding no atter how difficult it may seem to me a the time, sometimes I find this to be easier said than doe but today IS a new day so just maybe I might accomplish this deed just by liustening to my heart for his words to "flow" thru me postively & NOT be ashamed of knowing as my LORD and SAVIOUR, amen. Enough for now, so everyone have a nice day & ALWAYS remember that "Today is the tomorrow that you worried about yesterday" amen! CIAO 'YA ALL & ALOHA from the first state, DE. wally b. P.S. Please excuse an typo's!


Member: Marsha L
Location: Michigan
Date: 4/21/2003
Time: 8:46:23 AM

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Hi I am Marsha an alcoholic. I am grateful to God that heard my cry for help and kept me from screwing things up worse than I did. I am grateful for Staying Cyber.


Member: Norm F.
Location: SC
Date: 4/21/2003
Time: 9:16:28 AM

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Norm-alcoholic. There are too many things to mention but top of the list is the Grace of God. It has brought me out of hell on earth and made me eternally grateful for giving me my relationship to God. Don't drink, go to meetings and tell someone about the Grace of God.


Member: Jim W
Location: OH
Date: 4/21/2003
Time: 9:18:57 AM

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Hi all, Jimbo Here alcoholic. Sober three weeks thanks to all of you here. I'm grateful that I won't drink today!!! Thanks for letting me share. When you think no one loves you, know that I do. Jimbo


Member: Todd W.
Location: Ohio
Date: 4/21/2003
Time: 10:24:08 AM

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Hello, Todd fulltime alcoholic (no holidays or days off). Thanks AZBill for reminding me that my drinking privileges have been removed as a result of MY abuse. Gets me out of my self pity before I start to fantasize about all that fun I'm missing. Truth is it ain't been any fun for the past 30 years! LOL Todd.


Member: Lois Laatsch
Location: California
Date: 4/21/2003
Time: 11:06:50 AM

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Hi all, Lois Laatsch alcoholic. Happy Day 27 Diane!!!! What a great topic - Gratitude. Reminds me of a wonderful saying "Greatful people are Happy people, and those that aren't, arent" Have a wonderful sober day everyone.


Member: Bobbye E
Location: McKinney, TX
Date: 4/21/2003
Time: 11:37:03 AM

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Heya Bobbye E. here from McKinney Texas! Gra-T-tude! Awesome topic. Got more going on in my life today than I can keep up with! Well that is standard for us. LOL! Know what a codependent slip is? When the circumstances change faster than your ability to compromise yourself. Anyway back to the topic. I have good things going on! I discovered poking little seeds in dirt I put along my fences. I water them in the evening as part of my active prayer and meditation. And those little suckers poke thier heads up and grow. Wow! How cool is that! We have a kitchen remodel going on, a garage to hide it in when we have had enough of that for the day. This year blessed me with fulfilling one of my dreams to become a motorcycle girl. Whew Weeeee! This has been so very fun! Got a little Suzi Savage 650 that I bought new with honest money last May after taking the class, getting legal (yeah thats recovery for me!) I just rolled 9000 miles on her. Best therapy I ever paid for. I returned to college and I am 3 weeks out from successfully completing the semester. And getting passing grades. I never believed college was an option for this drunk. I have an awesome sponsor who share the real deal day to day recovery with me like remembering where we came from and sharing how sensitive where we are is sometimes. Like compulsive spending and the frustration of learning to share from the heart with our significant other. I am blessed with two awesome sponcees that keep me in the basics of ODAAT and what step am I on. Sometimes its "Man I am so glad I persevered thru that part of my recovery!" My mate an I share recovery and real life and this is the best, most supportive, and kind relationship I have ever shared with another person other than a sponsor. I am employed and employable! I have a dog that adores me. I have my health. Well I rambled long enough. Luv yall! Thanks for meeting me on the broad highway today. Yours in recovery, Bobbye E. aka bobcat Aim: lacebobcattx


Member: Garrett P
Location: Mountain View
Date: 4/21/2003
Time: 12:06:52 PM

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Hey Jay, Garrett here, alcoholic, addict and two days sober. Scary. But, to your topic, I am SO GRATEFUL for everything I have in life, and all the second chances I have been given, that I know it is time to get sober (again.) I am also GRATEFUL to find this website. Just read all the postings. Some brought me to tears. I am grateful and have to remember that each moment of each day.


Member: robert j.
Location: angel beach
Date: 4/21/2003
Time: 12:28:39 PM

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What do I have to be gratefull for ?? more than I could ever imagine.Consistant serenity probably has to top the list,when I go thru trying times,I reflect..and see myself not reacting in that old destuctive manner,it brings a smile to my face,it is truly a gift,not something I earned or feel I deserve,and yes I choose to believe that this gift was given to me from a Higher Power,that I don't fully understand but completly trust.


Member: robin
Location: east coast
Date: 4/21/2003
Time: 2:41:07 PM

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hello everyone....one of the things i try to focus on is blessings....and giving thanks for each of them...


Member: Susan A.
Location: Vernon, Connecticut
Date: 4/21/2003
Time: 3:34:40 PM

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Hi All, I'm Susan and I'm an Alcoholic. Thanks for the topic, Jay T. Early on in sobriety I was asked if I like being sober, to which I answered 'Yes, of course'. My sponsor then told me I should tell my face. I smile a lot now, and try to show I'm grateful for a sober life by my actions towards others, myself, and to God. I'm so grateful I still remember my last drunk (vividly), so I don't have to have another, and it amazes me the difference in this woman today, compared with when drink seemed the only answer. I not only know the questions now...I know the solution, AND how to get the solution. 8^) Just staying sober is such a gift, the rest is 'gravy', and for me it just keeps getting piled on. Talk about gifts from God to be grateful for...last week my 20 yr old daughter -asked- to make Easter dinner for me and my friends yesterday (I actually have friends today, sober, kind women and men). She completely planned and created a really nice dinner for us. What a surprize and thrill. The more I mind my own business and just love her, the more she comes closer. This is so different from just a couple years ago. Thank you God for this program, and the chance to live sober just for today. Thanks all for being here.


Member: slash
Location: eastern pa
Date: 4/21/2003
Time: 6:39:42 PM

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What the fuck happened to my great share????????? i shared right after jay and it was a great share.......what the fuck?????????????


Member: slash
Location: eastern pa
Date: 4/21/2003
Time: 6:39:46 PM

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What the fuck happened to my great share????????? i shared right after jay and it was a great share.......what the fuck?????????????


Member: Diane B
Location: Oklahoma
Date: 4/21/2003
Time: 6:56:03 PM

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thanks Lois today is day 27 YES!


Member: aaron h
Location: rosglen , nd
Date: 4/21/2003
Time: 7:08:23 PM

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My serenity in life and my life in general are what Im grateful for today, life Isnt a bowl of cherries all the time but then it aint nowhere to go! shivering denizens, orange jump suits, making enemies around every corner anymore either, today Is beutiful If I choose it to be, heaven and hell Is right now, what will I choose, let me think, "duh" I can sit in the pubs but I choose not to and have done so for the last nineteem months of my sobriety, life means something more today than yesterday or the day before because It is today and Its all Im garanteed In sobriety, tomorrows deeds can wait til tomorrow, anyway Im grateful as yesterday, today, and pray for a better tomorrow at least for now.


Member: THE ESKIMO
Location: NOTHERN IL.
Date: 4/21/2003
Time: 9:13:30 PM

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Hi, I am Don, an alcoholic. Good lead Jay, It took time, but now I know, I know in my heart I will be ok, All I have to do is keep coming back. Thanks d0N


Member: Hankster
Location: Texas
Date: 4/21/2003
Time: 11:29:55 PM

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Excellent topic, Jay, especially for the Easter season. Thanks be to God and to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for the sacrifice so that our sins may be forgiven and that we can have a new life in Christ. Because of the love of God and of Jesus, I have no desire for a drink and have not had any desire for a drink since . . . long into the last century. That truly is a miracle. I like your reminder, Jay, that negativity cannont live in a grateful heart. You are so right. As long as we keep our heart filled with the Holy Spirit, evil cannot find a way into our lives. Thank you again for the topic and may God Bless each and every one of you.


Member: Stanzie
Location: New Orleans, La
Date: 4/22/2003
Time: 1:37:47 AM

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Hi everyone. This my first time here(brand new to the internet; 17 months sober) and I'm grateful that I found this. It's 1230 am and nice to find a meeting at this time. I'm grateful for so many things, I could take up the entire page. Mostly for another 24 hrs, and for the awareness of gratitude. When I was drinking, I took everything for granted. I have so much to be grateful for and I do thank God, a choir of guardian angels, and the program of AA. It's good to be alive.


Member: Ron L.
Location: Winnipeg. Man. Can.
Date: 4/22/2003
Time: 6:03:20 AM

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Hi My name is Ron. and Im an alcoholic. When I came to A.A. Gratitude I was told is an action word. Oh yeah I can sit here and mouth off about how grateful I might feel, but am I willing to give back that which was so freely given to me in order to show my gartitude Im I one of those "sobriety thieves" who showed up at A.A. got sober and is never seen again, but would be first in line to let everyone know how grateful they are. The name of the game is.... stay sober and carry the message. Thats the ruler in which I can measure my gratitude. I never want to hear the words " I got to get to more meetings " come out of my mouth. If Im living this program and carry the message no words can describe the feelings of love I have in my heart for my fellow man. And nothing I can say will come close to portray the rewards I have recieved.....


Member: Carrie S
Location: Los Angeles
Date: 4/22/2003
Time: 7:17:41 AM

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Hi, Carrie alcoholic. I am grateful that I got through an obsession laden weekend with the help of my God and AA fellowship, and am now happy and sane again - and picking up my 90 day chip! Life can be really good if you just hang in there :)


Member: Nadine C.
Location: Cocoa,Florida
Date: 4/22/2003
Time: 9:57:17 AM

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Hi, I'm Nadine an alcoholic and this is a great topic. My Sponser always said put Gratitude in your attitude. Each night as I say my prayers, I thank God for my soberity,place to live,friends,food,all the basics of life and for his love. I am grateful to be sober today and I spent Easter at my son's with my daughter there also and 6 grand-children.This is a miracle because,when I came into AA, I lost custody of these two children and today they love me and I have beautiful grand-children that love me too. This program works if you work it. Thanks for letting me share and have a good day. Nadine


Member: AnilG
Location: Mt Vernon,IL
Date: 4/22/2003
Time: 9:58:49 AM

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I am an alcoholic I am greatful to aa and alanon for giving me another life to live keeping me sober and helping me to learn about myself. greatful to my friends couslers who have walked me through each step and painstaikingly worked with me. greatful to my advocacy group who have guided me to a good sober life style. thanks to aa.


Member: John P.
Location: Knoxville, TN
Date: 4/22/2003
Time: 12:46:21 PM

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Hi, I'm John, an alcoholic. I really have a lot to be grateful for, but I have an old habit called "Focusing on the negative." Most days I make a morning journal entry, and I used to put gratitude lists in there from time to time, but it's been a while since I've done this, so I think I'll take time out to remind myself why i'm sober today, and focus on all the positive things that have happened for me since I picked up that white chip 18 months ago. Thanks for the topic!


Member: Robert H.
Location: Ohio
Date: 4/22/2003
Time: 2:58:32 PM

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Hi. Robert alcoholic. I don't feel very grateful today. My sponsor died on Saturday. He was more than just a friend and mentor, he was as close to me as any family member ever could be. As close as I was to my step-mother, who I loved dearly, who died just four months ago. I miss them both. Today I guess I am grateful to have had them in my life, if ony for a short period of time. I am grateful for all they taught me about life. I am grateful that I was able to be there for them in their hour of need. I am grateful to be sober today, to have an A.A. commitment tonight, tomorrow, and Friday. I am grateful and honored that one of those commitments is to speak at my sponsor's funeral. I am grateful for this site. I am grateful that I don't have to drink over this. I'm grateful but I'm still very sad. Oh, and I'm grateful that JIMBO is sober and still carrying the message. Way to go, JIMBO!


Member: Kim D.
Location: Bridgewater
Date: 4/22/2003
Time: 3:14:26 PM

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Kim here, alcoholic. My sponsor is BIG on gratitude and some of her favorite sayings are: "Have an attitude of gratitude" and "A grateful heart won't drink." I have been taught that Gratitude is so imporant in sobriety because, as an active alcoholic, I wasn't grateful for anything. I was angry, resentful and pissed off at my life and wasn't content or happy with much in my life. In sobriety, I have been taught to give thanks and be grateful for the very things we take for granted while drinking: my children, a roof over my head, food on the table, employment, clean cloths, etc. Keeping my gratitude simple keeps my sobriety "real" for me, because I wouldn't have even the simplest things if I was still drinking.


Member: Patrick D
Location: EK . Scotland .UK
Date: 4/22/2003
Time: 5:43:28 PM

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Patrick here i`m an alcoholic ,First time Cyber, Thanks to the good people in AA and HP I woke up in a clean dry bed this morning,I`ve never regreted waking up sober yet, beats coming to in some of places and conditions I did when drinking,Thanks AMERICA for exporting the Progamme to the wee country where I live. PS. Just discovered the secret of AA programme is contained in the first three words on page 112 of The Big Book. Enjoy your day , God Bless .


Member: Craig L (Dogmanor@yahoo.com)
Location: Aloha, Oregon
Date: 4/22/2003
Time: 6:10:17 PM

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Craig here another REAL alcoholic (page 21) Reading over all this, I'm reminded of a famous Taoist who said: "If you know the way, then you are lost". I still remember all the gratitude I had every time God gave me another bag of dope, later it was that same warm cozy sense of well being that a fresh bottle of liquor brought me. My insanity told me that was the way to Peace. In fact it was all a lie and still is when I dwell in my ego. Today, living in the present, all things of attachment are a source of suffering. We will all ultimately lose EVERYTHING. You might think this could make me decide to drink again to escape my pain. In trying to practice our principles, I know I must try and "Let Go and Let God". That truth is beyond my understanding and makes me grateful for the faith I have found in the action of our 12 steps.


Member: Mark C.
Location: NYC
Date: 4/22/2003
Time: 11:09:06 PM

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Mark, here -- alcoholic from NY. I passed the two and a half year mark this week, which gives me plenty to be greatful for. I'm mostly greatful for the people and organizations that help people like me get and stay sober. It was this site that I came to first. Now I mostly hang out with the people at www.unhooked.com but it's the same thing, sober alcoholics helping each other. So, thanks again for making it possible.


Member: Marsha L
Location: Michigan
Date: 4/23/2003
Time: 4:53:27 AM

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Good morning --Marsha from Michigan an alcoholic. I am grateful for the miracle of 11 days sober. I am grateful for finding this group and AA.


Member: Mike S
Location: Mid-Michigan
Date: 4/23/2003
Time: 5:36:15 AM

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Morning to all it is morning to and good whatever part of day it is to the rest of you, wherever you may be. I am Mike and I am an alcoholic. Gratitude is always such a good topic because it allows us to re-examine where we have been, where we are now and how we got here. Amongst a myriad of things I am grateful for the one that stands out most at this moment is the "fellowship of AA". You folks, both on-line and f2f truly showed me what compassion is. For first 18-19 mos. in program I was on the virtual "swinging door", in and out, again and again. But you nuts in the program kept telling me to keep coming back, which at first did not believe you meant. But w/arriving at the 19 mos. marker on my journey today, I am truly grateful for AA. I now continue on my day to day journey w/gratitude as well as vigilance, knowing that G-D and you folks are watching my back. Thanks.


Member: Jim W
Location: Oh
Date: 4/23/2003
Time: 8:57:35 AM

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Jimbo here, alcoholic, You guys are all awsome!!! I am greatfull for all of your shares. They are keeping me sober!!! Thanks for being there!!! Jimbo


Member: Susan A.
Location: Vernon, Connecticut
Date: 4/23/2003
Time: 10:17:22 AM

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Hi all, I'm Susan and I'm an Alcoholic. ((Robert H.)) What a gift you must have been to your sponsor. I'll bet he was awful grateful for you, too.


Member: ED
Location: MO
Date: 4/23/2003
Time: 10:38:11 AM

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hi, i 'm ed i am an alcooholic. i want to thank you input. i guess i will always be one. THIS MIGHTBE THE BEST FORUM,. I WOULD LIKE TO TALK ,WITH ANY MEMBER.(BY THAY WAY I AM A 1 FINGERED TYPEST, A BAD SPELLER ,AND CURRENT NOT SOBER.


Member: Maryjane P.
Location: Michigan,USA
Date: 4/23/2003
Time: 12:57:54 PM

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Hello. Im An Alcoholic.Being Only 22 Yrs. Old And Saying That, It Is Hard For Me,But I Am Okay With It Today. I Would Like To Share And Say That I Grew Up Pretty Fast And I Have A Family Of My Own Already. I Think That I've Always Been A Grateful Person, Especially Today. I Had Gone To Prison For A Year And So I Know Just How Grateful I Am For Each Day That Passes. Thinking Of How You Really Messed Up And Committing To Make Changes In Your Life,Is The Best Thing And A Great Start To Recovery! Thanks For Listening To Me.


Member: Bob B
Location: UK
Date: 4/23/2003
Time: 1:19:35 PM

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Hi Bob here. I'm an alcoholic. I echo a lot of the comments made on this topic. Thanks Sito T. whoever you are because you (like someone at most AA meetings) said exactly what I was going to say. I am grateful that I am a recovering alcoholic - without the tools of the 'steps' and the help I get from the fellowship, I'd be out there, mismanaging my life big time, drunk or sober. The fellowship tells me that 'everything is how it ought to be' I can't change life but I can be grateful that I can now live it.


Member: Sean k
Location: Boston MA
Date: 4/23/2003
Time: 3:20:18 PM

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Hi, Sean alcoholic. I'm grateful for many things today-My sponsor, a god of my understanding, sober friends, sober family, a girl who works the principles of this program, and this new life that the steps and the fellowship has allowed me to enjoy! The way I show my gratitude is by working with the new guys and as long as I am doing that and put god and aa first I will stay in recovery and be rocketed into a fourth dimension. Thanx 4 letting me share!


Member: Sean k
Location: Boston MA
Date: 4/23/2003
Time: 3:20:35 PM

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Hi, Sean alcoholic. I'm grateful for many things today-My sponsor, a god of my understanding, sober friends, sober family, a girl who works the principles of this program, and this new life that the steps and the fellowship has allowed me to enjoy! The way I show my gratitude is by working with the new guys and as long as I am doing that and put god and aa first I will stay in recovery and be rocketed into a fourth dimension. Thanx 4 letting me share!


Member: JJ
Location: N
Date: 4/23/2003
Time: 3:22:22 PM

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Hi I'm Jade, and a grateful alcholic. I have noticed that someone comes to a meeting and hands out Avon booklets. This same person always 'passes and never comments' when it is this person's turn to speak. Should I say something to this person, about the Avon booklet? Advice appreciated.


Member: Staecy S.
Location: Tuscaloosa Alabama
Date: 4/23/2003
Time: 3:51:57 PM

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Hello everyone, my name is Stacey and I am a greatfull recovering alcoholic. Thank you Jay for the wonderful topic. It is one I desperatly needed to hear today. I have forgoten that I have things to be greatful for. I hear people in meeting all the time saying "oh God not another gratitude meeting, cant we do something else?" I need to be greatful! I need to be greatful that God came down and picked me up out of the hell I had created through my drinking. I need to be greatful that I found AA and that the people there loved me until I was capable of loving myself. I need to be greatful that I am alive and that I know when I need Him that God will be there for me even when Im not always there for Him. Today I will be greatful for the things that go wrong in my life, for they are the teachers for me if I am willing to learn and they make me appreciate the good things even more. Gratitude can lift your spirits. I needed to be reminded of gratitude today. Thanks Jay for a great topic!


Member: Diane B
Location: Oklahoma
Date: 4/23/2003
Time: 5:54:10 PM

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Day 29 sober


Member: Marsha L
Location: Michigan
Date: 4/23/2003
Time: 6:11:34 PM

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(Diane)--GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!


Member: T-Bone
Location: S.Fl
Date: 4/23/2003
Time: 6:17:24 PM

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I'm grateful just to be able to BE grateful, but I couldn't do it without all of you. Robert H. sorry for your loss. Jimbo, told ya! Way to go.


Member: ..
Location:
Date: 4/23/2003
Time: 6:52:49 PM

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I AM GREATFUL FOR ALL OF YOU WHO POST HERE!!


Member: Ralph N.
Location: U.S.A.
Date: 4/23/2003
Time: 8:21:53 PM

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Ive been attending AA and I am learning alot about how alcohol can destroy life. Im atending a substance abuse program and IM discovering how to be a better person.


Member: Irene
Location: Northern Ontario
Date: 4/23/2003
Time: 10:19:26 PM

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I am grateful that I got through yesterday without having to drink. I will be grateful to get through tomorrow without having to drink. Day 18.


Member: Erma G.
Location: Utica,N.Y.
Date: 4/23/2003
Time: 10:39:57 PM

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Gratitude and self pity cannot live in the same space at the same time.I need to remember that.And that if I am truly grateful for what I've been given....I have to give it away to keep it.Thanks for the topic and shares.


Member: Victor
Location: NYC
Date: 4/24/2003
Time: 12:17:01 AM

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I am grateful that today I am a reliable friend, a loving son, brother and husband, an honest worker, a teachable student, and an active member of AA.


Member: Rich P
Location: New York, NY
Date: 4/24/2003
Time: 12:29:29 AM

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Hi my name is Rich and im an alcoholic. I have 2 days back and I am grateful today for the opportunity to say that. My will brought me back out into a brief period of insanity. With GODs help and yours through HIM I will continue to to grow and do His work. I pray for the willingness to remain willing.


Member: Gerry K.
Location: Idaho
Date: 4/24/2003
Time: 3:37:50 AM

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Hi All! Gerry here for the first time! A good friend told me about this site, so I had to come and check it out!! I must say that the one thing I am very greatful for, Is being able to hear people talk with love in their hearts and not the bullshit I was so acustummed to hearing the last thirty years of my life. Thanx Jay great topic. I love you all and thank you for sharing.


Member: Moman H
Location: G.B. WI
Date: 4/24/2003
Time: 3:42:06 AM

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Moman here, just a pure alcoholic that would be drunk or dead with lead in my head, if not for alcoholics anonymous. Gratefull yes, how can one not be. Only by the grace of GOD and the Fellowship of ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, that i am alive and sober today. I can not out give what i've been given. I count my blessings not sheep. I thank God for each day.


Member: smiley
Location: WA, state
Date: 4/24/2003
Time: 4:15:29 AM

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hello there anitra alcoholic, grateful is the topic. well im grateful for my lord god always being here for me. letting me be here to see my daughter grow and doing it sober. helping to be a better mom to my child. im grateful for aa even though im not as dedicated as others r. i cant give any excuses to why i dont go. ive only taken the first step havent gone to the 2nd so i truely dont know what its like to be sober for a very long time. to be honest the one main reason i started doing this is court ordered. my feelings have changed but my heart inst into this as it should be and really dont know how its gonna be. but thanks to aa and my lord jesus i have slowed my drinkning down but have not completely stopped. when i do drink i feel the guilt and dont wanna face the many faces of persons who truly r quiting and r dedicated. grateful that aa will always be there though.


Member: Nadine C,
Location: Cocoa, Florida
Date: 4/24/2003
Time: 4:48:05 AM

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Hi,Nadine alcoholic here. Glad to read all the post on this great topic.Thanks Rich P. and Smiley for sharing. Admiting we are powerless over alcohol and that it is controlling our life is very hard to do,and AA does work, if you work the steps.Remember its only one day at a time and thats all that counts. The two of you are at least on the right path,hang in there let us love you until you can love yourself and keep coming back.God bless all of you for sharing . This has been my AA meeting for the day for a couple of weeks reading all of the postings, as I haven't been to meetings lately and I have quite a few years sober,one day at a time.


Member: Patty B
Location: Austin TX
Date: 4/24/2003
Time: 5:35:33 AM

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Patty, alcoholic. It is with deep appreciation and gratitude that I found this site. I just finished pouring out the contents of a bottle. I face the fact that I'm an alcoholic. I'm grateful that God allowed me to pour it down the sink and not down my throat. I'm grateful that at 4:33 am I'm not going to sink into bed and give up. I'm going to tell my sponsor in another 12 step program that it's day 1 there, too. Sheesh. But I am powerless over alcohol. Grateful that my Higher Power reminds me He's in control. Thanks everyone.


Member: Ed
Location: mo
Date: 4/24/2003
Time: 6:46:13 AM

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Helo, I'm Ed and I am an alcoholic. I just re-raed my commenss of 23 Mar. when I was not exectly sober, it is amazing what a person will see in retrospect. It is 6:42 her and I am sweeting out the next 2 hours to go to my meeting. I don't know if I can go 1 day at a time, so I'am going to try 1 hour at a time. I'm nearly 24 hours sober and am going for 25. Thanks for listening.


Member: GRATITUDE
Location: MY HEART
Date: 4/24/2003
Time: 10:20:57 AM

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I AM SSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GRATEFUL FOR THIS SITE, IT HAS SAVED ME FROM MY SELF SO MANY TIMES. WON'T PUT NAME DON'T NEED TO. ALL I NEED TO SHOW IS MY GRATITUDE


Member: Diane B
Location: Oklahoma
Date: 4/24/2003
Time: 10:52:51 AM

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Diane B this is Day 30 YES! so happy to finally ggt to pull my 30 day chip out again and claim it for what it is worth and that is my sobriety God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannont change, Courage, to change the things I can and the Wisdom to know the difference.


Member: ned
Location: pensylvania
Date: 4/24/2003
Time: 12:41:20 PM

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sometimes i have to sit down and start looking at all i have to be grateful for... and i have to sit there and not move,, until i actually "FEEL" gratitude... and i have it today in action of giving back to others,, not in aa anymore but i carry the program with me everywhere, and i don't limit myself to just drunks... there's a whole big world out there. lol


Member: Gerry K.
Location: Idaho
Date: 4/25/2003
Time: 12:58:58 AM

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Hi Gerry here, Just want to thank all the newcomers that shared today!! If you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it! You have made a start down the right path!!! Now all you have to do is go to as many meetings as you can and don't drink in between meetings, unless your ass is going to fall off!! AND IF YOU FEEL YOUR ASS START TO FALL OFF ((((( GET TO A MEETING )))) I'm greatful today for people like you, that remind me of where I was and where I don't ever want to be again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Member: Moman H
Location: G B WI
Date: 4/25/2003
Time: 1:34:49 AM

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To Ed, try taking it one minute at a time, be grateful for the moment and feel Gods grace. Life can change in a second, think about it. That's what people told me to do, it works. I am grateful for the people that came before me and the ones just starting, they show me how much more i need to grow.


Member: Eva R.
Location:
Date: 4/25/2003
Time: 7:10:24 AM

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I too, am grateful for this program and the life it has introduced me to. I am 20 years sober this month! yahoo! 2 Decades. One Day At A Time, and alot of work.


Member: ed
Location: mo
Date: 4/25/2003
Time: 8:29:07 AM

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Moman H. Thanks for the input. Maybe,1 minute at a time will be better. I start the day looking in the mirror and saying i am an alcoholic.i keep repeating it like a mantra.


Member: Adelea I.
Location: Dresden, Germany
Date: 4/25/2003
Time: 8:40:09 AM

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Adelea-alcoholic. I am just going to make a list, b/c I have not done this is a while: 1. AA 2. sobriety 3. my husband and dog 4. a good book 5. a nice home 6. I "get" to live overseas 7. a wonderful sponsor 8. the sun is shining today and I got to be outside to enjoy it 9. a computer with internet access 10. an incredbile and reliable relationship with God -when I have a hard time feeling grateful I pick up a book called 14,000 Things to be Happy About. p.s. it's not conference approved:) have a beautiful weekend-adelea


Member: Leah P.
Location: Minnesota
Date: 4/25/2003
Time: 11:53:35 AM

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Leah here, Grateful recovering alcoholic. I am so grateful to be sober today. I think the greatest blessing I have as a result of living the 12 steps today is that I am no longer a danger to myself or others, thanks to a wonderful sponsor, a caring and nuturing home group, and the psychiatric profession. Last night, I was given the opportunity to share my story at my home group, and looking over my road to recovery, I am so blessed today. I am eternally grateful for the gift of sobriety. thanks for your time God bless! leahped@hotmail.com


Member: tammibob@msn.com
Location: Wally World
Date: 4/25/2003
Time: 2:03:35 PM

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4/25/2003 10:42:39 AM Hey there, Tami from WA State here I am a recovering Drunk, and grateful doesn’t quite express how I feel about this program. I stand in aw; I am dumbstruck and completely overcome. I have found tools for living here in these rooms. I have been willing to accept the “free gift” that wouldn’t be available if I wasn’t open just a bit to learning. And before I came here, I was not. I couldn’t hear or see much outside of myself or my narrow scope of thinking. Thank our HPs for this wonderful fellowship and all the promises that come true, I would have never believed it. Ed, you hang in there, it only gets better. I have come to know folks in the rooms of AA that come and go, the ones who stay and recover are the ones who are serious about taking those suggestions, those 12 steps that are a path to true Nirvana, grace and joy. You won’t know what I am talking about until you reach step 4 or 5, as long as you can be completely honest and humble you won’t go wrong. And please don’t be afraid to be “fearless and thorough”, you can’t shock or surprise anyone in AA, we have all done it, seen it, heard it or worse. Go to meetings, get a sponsor and take the steps. Get phone numbers of other guys in the program and call them before you drink or just to talk about the program, most will be more than happy to do what is in their power to help. I applaud anyone and everyone who has gone before me and comes in after. If you receive the “gift” you’ll wonder what the hell took you so long.


Member: Brian F
Location: Scotland
Date: 4/25/2003
Time: 3:39:39 PM

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Hi my name is Brian and I'm an alcoholic. Great topic. I am grateful to God who has been with me every step of my life-journey, just as the "Footprints" remind me.


Member: Diane B
Location: Oklahoma
Date: 4/25/2003
Time: 8:47:04 PM

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hi Diane 31 days today sober and congratulations Eva way to go I only pray I can do like you and stay sober the rest of my life, I'm new to this and I have some hard days and depressed days but my mind is clear now and I can handle my Son so much better then when drunk, even when I was not drunk during the day I still had a change in my personality and my thinking was foggy but sober I can now think clear


Member: LEE EVANS
Location: HOUSTON TEXAS
Date: 4/25/2003
Time: 11:06:36 PM

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LEE ALCOHOLIC/ADDICT FIRST TIME TO THIS SITE.WAY TO GO PATTY IN AUSTIN.DO NOT GIVE UP HOPE.REMEMBER THE WORDS OF THE BIG BIG BOOK "WE CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO GIVES US STRENGTH" ALL WE HAVE IS TODAY.DO NOT WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW, IT WILL WORRY ABOUT ITSELF.I AM SO HAPPY TO HAVE MADE ANOTHER DAY.GOD WILLING ANOTHER WILL COME.


Member: JIM O. B.
Location: CLEVELAND OHIO
Date: 4/25/2003
Time: 11:56:15 PM

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hello everyone jim a grateful recovering alcoholic I am grateful for having a god of my understanding that is and was always with me I just had only to ask for his help and he was immediately there. When the going gets tough it only means that I got in the way, but as long as I return quickly to my god everything immediately starts to get better For this I am GRATEFUL


Member: Melanie
Location: Ohio, USA
Date: 4/26/2003
Time: 1:45:16 AM

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Hello Friends, I'm Melanie, an alcoholic. Today I'm grateful that I can be here for my family. My 93 year old Gramma has needed much help and support lately. My Dad is sick with unknown illness. I can help Mom and Sister and take an active part in the family affairs today. I let them all down during major crises in the past. I had the opportunity to make ammends to my sis. Leaving town (again) tomorrow to go to Gramma's with Sis. Dad and Mom are traveling half way with us to see the family doctor (literally- she's my aunt). I'm really pooped, but no more than the rest. I'm grateful to be able to take part in life's challenges. I no longer disappoint my family or myself. Love and blessings to YOU!!!


Member: John K
Location: Philadelphia PA
Date: 4/26/2003
Time: 11:48:28 AM

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Hi all, John, alcoholic. Every morning in the shower, I go through my prayers for the day ahead, and one of them is a gratitude list. As time goes by, that list gets longer and longer. To me, gratitude is an action word. I don't participate in AA so that I will have a life full of stuff, like a romance, house, car, job, etc.... I am in AA because I know for a fact that, by myself and without a Higher Power, I'm a hopelessly insane drunk. Ironically, though, the longer I stay sober and the more intently I practice these spiritual principles, the better my life--my awareness, my sanity, AND my material circumstance--gets.


Member: rd
Location: mo
Date: 4/26/2003
Time: 11:55:51 AM

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Ed,Iam an alcohlic. Spent years beating my devils. Can't quite get a handle on this one. I will beat it. The steps. I was going to enter #somethng. No I will type it.I will have to read them.however from me thier is no us. Their is only me. 1: yes alcohol got me and I don't like it. 2: dear God or Power help me find my brain 3: With 2 I'M yours


Member: Nadine C,
Location: Cocoa, Florida
Date: 4/26/2003
Time: 12:25:10 PM

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Hi, I'm an alcoholic and my name is Nadine. Got up this morning and the rain had quit and its a beautiful day. I'm grateful for that and that I'm alive and my soberity today and God. Being sober is great even when the going gets rough, it beats any of the days I had while drunk.I'm thankful for my children and my grandchildren,friends and a place to live and all of the necessitys of life. Thanks for letting me share and I enjoy reading all of the postings.Today is all we have and life is good, now that I'm sober.


Member: L-RAY
Location: SCOTLAND
Date: 4/26/2003
Time: 3:15:06 PM

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((((Melanie)))) your doing well, a new way of life, getting responsible and needed! Hi ((((Lee)))) welcome! well done((((Diane B ))))((((Leah))))good to share well done!((((Rich))))welcome back buddy< ((((Gerry))))welcome ((((Jim W ))))well done, ((((Patrick ))))just down the road in Rutherglen small world welcome! stick in there ((((Ed)))) your doing great buddy ((((Brian--Craig )))) (((everybody))) regards L-RAY


Member: cella
Location: missouri
Date: 4/26/2003
Time: 7:49:48 PM

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this is a first time visit to this site for me i heard about it from a member of my group and when i got my computer at home i have been trying to find you guys! Now that I know how to get here I will be back. It is an awesome thing to hear from people all around the world. I thank my H.P. for today.


Member: kelly D
Location: North
Date: 4/26/2003
Time: 11:58:28 PM

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Something has been bothering me. I couldn't figure out why I needed to drink. Then I read this in a book. " Don't you think they { alcoholics } just want to have a nice peaceful life like the rest of us ?" And then I knew, that was why I drank. Just to have a nice peaceful life like other people. It took away the stress. It took away the worry. It made all seem well in life. Problems were all managable after a drink. There was allways something to be happy about with a drink. Life was ok with a drink. Then came the time to pay the bill for living my "nice peacefull life like other people ". That was 5 years ago. Today my life is nice, just like other people's. It isn't easy but it's nice and now I know why I drank and I don't feel like a loser for it or an idiot , it was just a learning thing that I had to go through. I am grateful that I don't look on my drinking years as wasted time in my life. I am grateful that today I am so much more the person I want to be , but it's funny to think that i am reaching my goals as a person because I am an alcoholic who follows the steps. If it hadn't of been for my problem with alcohol I would never have heard of the steps.


Member: VEE
Location: Midwest
Date: 4/27/2003
Time: 5:49:41 AM

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I'm just ever so grateful to be alive and that I didn't kill or maim anyone while I was out there. I am grateful to AA, my program and all the people who are willing to share their experience, strength and hope with me here in my jammies at 5:oo am. This is one EXCELLENT way to start a new day.


Member: Gerry K.
Location: Idaho
Date: 4/27/2003
Time: 6:06:17 AM

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Hi Im Gerry, I;m an alcoholic and an addict. I Don't know if this is going to post on a new day or not its 2:23 AM here in Idaho so its offically the 27 of April and a new week! So lets talk about service work and what an important part of my sobriety this has become!!For Six Long Years I struggled. I wanted to quit so badly!! I needed too!! I was dying Physically,Mentally,Emotionally and spiritauly!I was at the end of My rope and I needed a to change. So I stepped through the doors of A.A. in desperation. Sick,shaking so badly from the withdraws of alcohol hoping that someone would help me!! I was crying I was in pain I was utterly hopeless. I will never forget those who greeted me at the door! Someone that was doing what I do now. SERVICE WORK I would like to finish my story but apparently I've run out of room. My love go's out to all those who reach out to those in need of our help! YOUR BROTHER IN A.A. roostersinrecovery@msn.com


Member: Gerry K.
Location: Idaho
Date: 4/27/2003
Time: 6:12:38 AM

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Its me Gerry just checking to see how it posted where do they get the time from its 4:10 AM here.


Member: Rooster
Location:
Date: 4/27/2003
Time: 6:16:48 AM

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OOOppps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 3:15 27 Apr.


Member: Ed
Location: Mo
Date: 4/27/2003
Time: 6:52:03 AM

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Hey, I'm Ed. Still alcoholic. don't like it, must beat it. I guess I just have to keep on keeping on. This will not get me right, don't know how yet,but will learn. 1 armed, 1 fingered, got myself into this, must get myself out