Today’s “Pay Forward” gift is - Stepping 12 Metaphor. “Ye are the salt of the earth…Ye are the light of the world”, embodies Step Twelve. Salt is used to preserve and to season. Carrying the message to the alcoholic who still suffers is preserving our way of life and seasoning us with expressions of love. Our world lights up as the results of Spiritual awakening and living A.A.’s Program. Practicing A.A.’s Spiritual principles in all my affairs enlightens my world. I am practicing A.A.’s way of life in every area of my life, out of enlightened self-interest. I’m dis-empowering my selfishness, false pride, self-righteousness, jealousy, self-pity, resentment, negative judgment, and so forth, by starving them out. I’m looking for the good within all who come into my consciousness. I am learning to realize what I have in common with those I am drawn, and I choose to see the unity of joy, happiness and freedom, instead of the conflicting, fragmented angry, fearful stuff. I am experiencing the world today, which was so filled with negative junk food, transformed through grace. I have awakened as the result of practicing A.A.’s spiritual principles. Turning on the light, where does the darkness go? Nowhere. I’m counting on our Father’s loving grace, awakening, and enlightening my higher self for all my needs, causing me to feel a little salty, and lit up on life, but not high on alcohol or any other drug. The Marine Corps calls a long-timer an “Old Salt” I’m an A.A. long-timer. Thy Love, Thy Will be done.