89: Not Afraid Anymore

89: Not Afraid Anymore

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Dad

Not Afraid Anymore

Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it’s the only thing.

~Albert Schweitzer

Daddy,

Do you understand what you have done? As you receive your token for seven years of sobriety, I hope you realize the impact you have made in my life. The day you decided to turn your life around was the day I began to truly appreciate you. You kept saying you were doing this for you, but you did this for me, too.

I used to be afraid for myself. I knew I had the addictive gene. Just one little sip and my life would be over. Now I know I have a better gene from you — determination. You were determined to never take another drink of alcohol again, and that is what you achieved. When I go to parties it is not hard for me to say no to peer pressure, for you have inspired me to be aware of my potential. You have thanked me many times for helping you through AA, but now, Dad, I thank you.

~Sydney Wain

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