From the August 2010 magazine.

Keeping it green

Life is again worth living, a hopeful newcomer finds

I've only been in Alcoholics Anonymous a short time and I'm coming up on four months. Some would say, "Just shut up and listen" to us newcomers, with our drunkalogs and self-pity and, in some cases, they would be right. But I feel we have something important to contribute. We're still very green and vulnerable. Like flowers, we are blossoming and wanting to share our strength and hope for a sober future.

In my 33-year drinking career, I never could have imagined a day without alcohol of one sort or another. But thanks to this program, my short stay in rehab and you people, I have a whole new outlook on life. I am growing stronger every day and now have hope for a brighter future, free from the bondage of alcohol. I say the Serenity Prayer daily--believe me, it is a necessity. I'm learning when to shut up, to stop trying to run the show and to accept each day as God's will.

-- SUE E.

Hammond, Ind.

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