todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful
for these excerpts from one of the stories in the Big Book ...
... I tried to hide my drinking by going places where I was unlikely to see anyone I knew.
... I made excuses for trips in order to drink without restraint.
... the creeping up of the frequency and quantity of alcohol and what it does to a person is apparent to eveyone but the person involved.
... never having enough, always craving more
... Drink planning became more important than any other plans.
... Not knowing where I had been or how I got home was making me desperate.
... Resenting anyone and everyone who might interfere with my personal plans and ways of doing things -- especially for any interference with my drinking.
This is all from just one page of the book. I totally identify with it all.
Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.
- Raymond Lindquist