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A Purposeful Life

She had to admit complete defeat and powerlessness to change

Through the loving grace of my Higher Power and the fellowship of AA, I am grateful to be sober, above ground, and breathing another day. I grew up with three brothers in Virginia and had my first drink when I was six at my uncle's house. We would volunteer to dispose the empty bottles. There would usually be a small portion of booze remaining in the bottom of the container.

We'd race to see who'd get to the container first in order to drink a sip. Father made his own whiskey. I swore that I wouldn't drink that gut-rot brew. When I left home to attend a Christian college, I stumbled upon that same mountain brew in southwest Virginia and drank it with abandon.

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