I attend Lambda Center for almost all of my AA meetings. All Lambda groups celebrate AA birthdays on the last Saturday of the month, which was last night.
There were 33 men and women celebrating a total of 419 years of sobriety. There were 3 guys who received their first-year medallion and the oldest celebrant had 31 years. I always enjoy listening to the gratitude of those who reach a new milestone. It's an affirmation that this program works when we work it. It's always touching to hear someone whose life might otherwise have ended years ago. All of that honesty and integrity were a shining light (No, James Frey was not there).
Last night, as I listened to those 33 grateful human beings, I was humbled. For what may be the first time that I have realized this, I was proud to be an alcoholic.