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55 Years Later

An oldtimer reflects on a lifetime in AA

My name is Mac and I am an alcoholic. I wonder how many times I have said that at AA meetings since October 8, 1956. At the beginning I used my name as Dave, but since the 2000 Minneapolis convention I started to call myself Mac but that is another story with a spiritual twist; something like Saul becoming Paul on the road to Damascus.

This year, I celebrated my 55 AA anniversary. Gratitude is the prevailing spiritual emotion I am feeling mixed with a sense of wonder as I ponder how all this happened. I was a very sick, depressed and dangerous 21-year-old, recently discharged from...

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