That must have been a painful time for you. I can identify with getting those divorce papers served on me. Boy was that ever final. I was drinking when it happened - I went back out after almost 6 years of being sober. She never knew what hit her when I started drinking again - she just knew the "sober" me.
But what you said is a true. These steps are a design for living that really works - even when times get rough (I think it says that in the book?)
And that "Happy, joyous, and free" deal - I wouldn't want it any other way.
Have a good weekend brothers and sisters.