What a great and momentous day for me. 90 days of continuous sobriety. I picked up my coin at the noon meeting today. My sponsor was there to give it to me. Our topic today was just as appropriate. “Why are the steps suggested?” I know for me, they are not a suggestion. They are mandatory and required for me to get and stay sober. For the last 8 years I did treat them as a suggestion. Which means I either didn’t do them or if I did, I did them half ass. And I can tell you first hand, half measures get me nothing but drunk again. I am the poster child for what happens when you treat them as a suggestion. I want to be a poster child for what your life can be if you treat them as required! Thank you to my Sponsor, my wife/family/friends and the fellowship of AA for getting me to this point. I will continue to rely on them to keep me sober for the rest of my life. The promises of AA are slowly being fulfilled in my life and I couldn’t be happier. I still have moments where I can be restless, irritable and discontent. The good news is that I have the tools to deal with it in the right way when it happens. Not only do I have the tools, I use them! Having the right tools in your toolbox doesn’t do shit if you don’t utilize them in the proper way.