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An old-timer tells why it’s important to share what she’s going through today.
"There will always be someone in front of me to hang onto and someone behind me to hang onto."
My sobriety date is June 1, 1978, and I want to share with those new and old alike that being and old-timer does not make me well nor cured. For one thing, the only thing I have to offer today is my experience, strength and hope—as well as my failures. Not my knowledge, preaching, or having all the right answers for the newcomer or those behind me in sobriety. My sponsor once told me I was connected to a chain-link fence in AA’s fellowship. He told me there would always be someone in front of me to hang onto and someone behind me to hang onto. Thus I would always be in the middle. A...