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Never give up. Just trust the process. Hang in there.

After all the denial, eating, surrendering, praying, not praying, abstaining, not abstaining, walking, not walking, reading, and meetings . . . then, finally, the miracle was given to me: food is no longer a problem. Wow! What serenity. What a blessing. How did I deserve this peace of mind?

I trusted the process and used the Tools and tried to work the Principles in my daily life as I’ve understood them to be.

I’ve been in groups for almost fifteen years, and after a long relapse, I found I am worthy of another recovery.

I have been blessed with an 82nd birthday, and I am “happy, joyous, and free” (Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th ed., p. 133).

People ask me, “How do you do all that you do?” Well, I express a generous amount of gratitude to God, and I ask God to take this thing I can’t control, and then I am free to trust the process.

I have family who live in Virginia, Florida, and Washington state, and I just go and visit them. Knowing my abstinence could be in troubled waters, I don’t give up the trips; I trust the process.

One lesson I’ve learned by trusting the process is to be happy and pass the humor around. Don’t take your mistakes so seriously. If it takes sugar-free bubble gum to put a smile on another’s face, then I’m passing the message, for I am in my second childhood and enjoying life.

I have been blessed with many miracles. At 82, I’m worthy of another recovery, and so are you.

— Viola A., Pennsylvania USA

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