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Experience, Strength and Hope
01/08/2015 Gail Ridings
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Some of you know that I am a recovering alcoholic. I’ve been sober for over 17 years, and today I don’t have the desire to drink. I have never been secretive about my affliction because I feel honored to share my experience, strength and hope with anyone suffering with similar issues. Recently, the husband of a dear friend of mine started to attend AA meetings and just celebrated 60 days of sobriety. She is going to the meetings too and, though she is not an alcoholic, she has been telling me how much she is learning about self-discovery and how much her opinion of AA has changed from doubt to admiration.   

I have recently been struggling with a couple of issues (not related to alcohol) and my conversations with her have reminded me that AA not only taught me how to stop drinking, but also how to live a productive, happy life. I’ve found that God -- or the Universe or whatever higher power you believe in -- has a way of reminding us how to find our way again. My conversations with her did that. I am so grateful to be gifted with this guidance again and again and again.    

I hope that you and your family and friends are blessed with peace, joy, wisdom and health in 2015. All of us at TallGrass thank you for your patronage and friendship. Happy New Year!