At my Step discussion meeting tonight, we had a newcomer who was there for his first meeting. He still reeked of booze and was looking pretty rough. You could see the pain through his bloodshot eyes. Poor guy. He really wants to give it up. We welcomed him with open arms. He looked kind of surprised that we were so supportive. Whenever I see a newcomer like this guy, it really makes me think back to when I was feeling tortured by the bottle. If that isn't enough to keep one sober, then I'm not sure what is. The poor guy came in after the meeting had started. We immediately changed our sharing on step five to step one. I really hope this guy will continue. I think he will because the pain looked so horrible. I remember my first meeting. I thank the Universal Power that I continued on with the program and did the steps. My life has turned a complete 180 and life is so much better today. I love you guys and thank you all for the support you have given to me.
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