My name is Gary, yeah, I'm one too..............
Be commin up on 18 months in a few days without the need to pick up a drink or a substitute. I was just headed to bed and shuttin this fool computer down for the night and got lookin at my desktop and saw the shortcut to this site that I haven't clicked on in a long time. It ain't right. Without Dallas, a handful of others, and this port in the storm in the first few hours, days, and weeks of my journey away from booze and towards a better life, I ain't so sure I'd be raisin my hand with gratitude at meetings when they ask anyone with a year or more to raise it. I'd burnt most of the bridges in my area of influence, (some numerous times) a long time ago, and come close not to makin it back into the rooms here where I live out of shame, fear, and self loathing. This forum, the many souls on it that welcomed me in the beginning and gave me the strength to Have Some Hope without ever once checking the roster of how many times in the past I came in, probably saved my life.
I just wanted to say Thank you. Been doin what I was told, ODAT. Once I did my 5th step I breathed in a better tastin air, got my eyes checked, lenses addjusted with 6,7,8,9,10,11, and 12, the sky is a little bluer, the grass a little greener, and the sun feels a little warmer on my face. The world is still sometimes a pretty tough and scairy place for a 6'2, 200 lb. sissy like me, but I see it in a whole different perspective today. Sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. But they WILL materialist If, we work for them.
With Gratitude. Gary k