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good evening friends :-) i was reading a post from a friend of mine earlier, and i was reminded of his story and all the things he is doing for the alcoholic/addict, there families, and all who are affected by our disease, and it reminded me of a guy i met at one of my first meetings who would say "this is such an amazing process" with a huge grin on his face. he used to seriously piss me off because i felt like he knew something i didn't. in fact he did. he KNEW lots of stuff i didn't. so here's a little of what i have found out: it all started with putting down the drink and drugs. at the time, that was the hardest thing i had ever done. i had no idea how i would be able to live life without them. i had to learn how to function with a sober mind and body... it WA a process. in time it got easier. i started to experience feelings and emotions that i didn't know what they were or how to deal with them. my perception on life and life events started to change. i started to think differently. i started noticing little things, like the sunrise/sunset. birds chirping, the way the lake looked at dusk, and numerous other things I'd never noticed before. i started treating people differently. they stated treating me differently, but in a good way this time ;-) i found a power greater than myself to help me deal with those things i masked with my addiction. (which was HUGE for an athiest) i realized how my actions and behaviors affected everyone around me, especially those closest to me that i loved, and i became willing to fix what i could, and then did. and not everything could be mended, but it was a good start. i became willing to do things to change myself, my attitudes, and my behaviors, so i wouldn't make the same hurtful mistakes, and am doing that still. i found out along the way that i was not unique, and i was not alone. i came to the conclusion that in the beginning i thought i would only have to work a program and found myself living it instead. practicing the principals, to the best of my ability, in ALL my affairs, and that i could use the things you people taught me in the program in almost every situation i encountered. i realized the promises were coming true, and i was most certainly amazed before i was half way through. i found that my experiences, as painful as they were, became easier to share once i discovered how they were helping other people along there journey. i noticed that my entire life had changed, and i was the last to notice it, lol, and how everything went exactly how it was supposed to, to get me to where I'm at today; to be of maximum service to others. to help people like me, when most others can't. i finally realized what that man meant when he said it was an amazing process as he looked at me and grinned. he had experienced the same things, and was simply sharing the message. and today, because i stuck around, did the things that made me uncomfortable, made the changes needed, (and continue to) got out of myself, and got busy helping others, that now i am privileged enough to carry the message and let people know what an amazing process this really is... WOW :-) keep trudging friends, its not easy, but most def WORTH IT! i KNOW this to be true from experience ;-) good night folks -I'm out.

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