From the January 2017 magazine.

Editors letter

The rewards of seeking emotional sobriety are serenity, emotional balance and an increased joy of living. As we gain time in AA, use the Steps and tools, and stay close to our Higher Power, we learn to let go of fear, find solutions rather than stay stuck in problems, put aside selfish demands and practice outgoing love. This month’s special section features stories about emotional sobriety.

In the article “Making It Easy for Others to Love Us,” a man with more than 40 years in the program shares how AA has given him sobriety, acceptance and a life with compassion and wonder. Although, at 32 years sober, a member lost his home and his love, he did the right thing and went where he was needed most in “Coming Home.” In “Back to the Surface,” a woman shares how feelings and events may sometimes take her down, but she now has the tools to come right back up. And in the story “What Is Happiness?,” a son’s question on an autumn day reminds a sober dad just how far he’s come.

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