1. Working the 12 Steps changed me -- profoundly -- for the better; and it continues to do so.
2. AA's focus on service has given me a way of looking at the world which opens my heart on a daily basis -- and that is a powerful antidote to becoming embittered by life, as I feel how easy it is to keep the heart shuttered as I grow older.
3. AA Meetings are often (not always, but very often) a place which renews my faith in people and in something Good in the universe -- and some speakers and some who shared have given me some of the biggest belly laughs I have ever had.
4. AA has taught me to be a good listener.
5. Sponsorship -- both sides of the coin -- has taught me what a privilege it is to set ego aside in an effort to help people -- and it feels like a privilege -- and what a powerful catalyst for personal change that can be.
6. AA has given me friendships which endure.
7. AA gives me a safe place to go when I am troubled or I make mistakes.
8. The practical advice I've been given in AA serves me in all areas of my life.
9. Watching people in AA face life's challenges -- some of the toughest -- has taught me what real dignity and courage look like.
10. AA has shown me that my past is not my future -- that there is no expiration date on the promise of reinventing myself, or starting over, or on God's Grace in my life.