Today’s “Pay Forward” gift is - What Was - And Then - And Now. When I am sharing my story I dwell on how it was, instead of the miracles that happened and the abundant life I enjoy, and the grace of our Father/Creator. At one time daily drunkenness was “good.” It was my way not dealing with life. I would drink enough where I would black-out, pass-out, or just not care. That system stop “working” and I hit my bottom, alcohol betrayed me. Then along came Alcoholics Anonymous. At first just not drinking and then working; living A.As’ spiritual principles. One of the first signs of sobriety is a sense of joy, happiness and freedom, a purposeful life. I was introduced to my higher-self by the indwelling Presence within. Each of us was created as an individual Divine Design; giving us a reason for being. Our Creator expressing Himself and Herself in this world. Through A.A. we are given the tools to awaken, to share the love we are, and to practice a spiritual and human way of life; a labor of love. “Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and to your fellow. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny. May God bless you and keep you—until then.” Thy Love, Thy Will be done.