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Gratitude As A Way Of Life

A member finds a better way to share the joy then being a drunken Santa

There are times when I cannot help but feel a tremendous sense of gratitude for the countless blessings, I received as a result of taking the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and making them a way of life. The first and foremost blessing is that a God of my very own understanding has entered my life and lifted the compulsion to drink from me, and that I have been afforded a daily reprieve from alcoholic torture dependent upon the maintenance of my spiritual condition. Prior to coming to A.A., I ruined many an occasion for family members and friends who cared for me and loved me the most. I can still vividly recall one specific incident as if it were yesterday.

I was asked to play Santa Claus for a large family Christmas party at a banquet hall. At the time, I had two children—a one-year-old and a three-year-old. The party was to begin at noon, but as any respecting active alcoholic would do, I decided to party before the party and have a few to relax before putting on the beard and red suit.

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