todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful
for Step 9. On completing it when I was about 9 months sober, it opened up a new life for me. The weight on my shoulders (which I didn't know was there) was lifted. I felt free! Coincidentally (yeah, right) I stopped going to my bar every night about this time also. I no longer needed to be there. My longtime drinking friends had changed (or had I changed?) and it wasn't much fun to be around them any more. I had found new friends who were sober and in recovery. I seemed to get what I needed from them.
I was a different person than just a year before.
Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.