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October 1976

Compliance

Who wouldn't be resentful? Wasn't everybody else smarter, richer, and more gifted?

I HAVE BEEN sober for quite a while now. I have had great stretches, great reaches of happiness. I've done some writing that I haven't been ashamed of. Sometimes, I've been able to help somebody else. I can be grateful for AA and a hundred thousand rewards that have come from being sober. Isn't it wonderful to drink coffee and laugh and talk and listen and argue and share ideas? Isn't it great to be with other people and really relate to them? I think it's the most wonderful thing in the world. I had to give up the old life and the old thinking to get it.

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