Sunday, July 24, 2011

By the Grace of God...

I went to my first meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous 27 years ago today, and have not had a drink since.

When I came home from the meeting, I wrote in my journal:
"I have a feeling this is a new life for me. A real life."

That might have been one of the most prophetic things I have ever written!

This morning I am heading out early to pick up my daughter so that she can come to the meeting where I celebrate my birthday. I am thrilled that I get to sit in an AA meeting with my daughter - we do this 2 times a year - her birthday and mine. And it is good.

My life today, although not perfect, is beyond the wildest expectations I may have had when I got sober. I could not have even imagined this life. I am certainly glad I am not the architect of my own life, I would be living in a shack! Instead, I did what you all told me to do, and turned my will and life over to the care of God, and today I get to live a life that I could have never designed. As far as lives go, I think it is a "mansion."

Thanks be to God, and to the program and fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous.

16 comments:

Pammie said...

Happy Birthday sweet Mary.
You are such a wonderful reflection of the steps in action.

Roxie said...

Happy Birthday!

Carverlane said...

Happy Birthday, Mary! You are such an inspiration to me.

Lou said...

Happy B'day and hug your daughter for me.

The Little Way said...

Happy Birthday and God's continued blessings on you.

Syd said...

Happy birthday, my friend. I heard a few men share last night how hard it is for them at under 30 days. We read there is a solution. You found it. I hope they can also.

susanm said...

Congratulations!!!
Happy Birthday!

susanm

Steve E said...

Happy Birthday! It only continues to become even better.

Patrizia said...

Happy Birthday Mary! You are inspiring so many!

dAAve said...

Congrats Mary. Looks like it's working.

d said...

Congratulations on 27 years and thank you for sharing your story with all of us.

Jeremy said...

Happy Birthday!! What a fantastic way to celebrate

Hope said...

Happy Birthday MC. I have learned so much from you.

The word verification for my comment is "bless". Cool.

Andrew said...

God, Good, Life.

All the very best to you!

AnyEdge said...

So happy and so proud!

Debbi said...

You go, girl, and keep on going! Thanks for your inspiration.