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Joined: Sat May 17, 2014 4:59 pm
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So Monday I was four years away from my last electronic game. Four years, seven months and (as of today) 9 days since I found the fellowship and was invited to a meeting. Where I found my people.

It's been an amazing four years. Five years ago I was working part time, and not very improessively, on a few projects that probably took about 1/4 of my time. The rest was spent gaming. I would get up, have coffee, play for a few hours, maybe start working around 10 or so, and then knock of at noon or 2 and go back to games. Occasionally I would work really hard--until 3 or so. Then I'd play until I fell asleep at the keyboard in the middle of the night. I sometimes worked away from home, and on those days I wouldn't play until I got home. But mostly I was home, in my room, playing, playing, playing.

Since I came here I've gotten to know several hundred other gaming addicts (at least a little bit) and about 10 people really well. That's been a great blessing--I've learned so much. I feel different--my internal pain and chaos is almost completely gone-- and my life looks very different. I'm finishing up a graduate degree, doing my internship, taking my last classes and working hard at that. I work at what I love and I live alone without gaming. I'm not perfect, but I'm immeasurably better. The fellowship saved my life and gave me a new one. I'm incredibly grateful. Hugs and love to all.

I hope to contnue. In some sense, I don't have 4 years--I just have today, just like you. I didn't play games today, I won't tomorrow, and I don't have any lingering plans to do so at any time in the future. Is that hard to say? Yes. Am I glad I can say it? Yes. I'm still a gaming addict. There will always be something in me that wants to escape, that wants to play. But now I'm in touch with something else. Call it my true self, the Voice, Connection, Love, call it whatever you want--but I'm connected. To you and to life. And I'd rather keep that connection.

So thanks to all those who have helped me along the way. I couldn't have done it alone. Not even close.
Jeff

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Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:57 pm
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You're giving me something to look forward to, Jeff :) Congrats on 4 years!
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Mon Dec 19, 2016 11:29 am
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Congrats on the 4 years Jeff. That's an awesome thing to be able to look at and acknowledge as "real". You've been a big help to me and a lot of other people here in those four years, and I'm very grateful that you're part of the fellowship. Keep this "one day at a time" thing going... :)


Mon Dec 19, 2016 5:55 pm
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Congrats on four years Jeff! It's been a blessing to have you in my life. I'm really happy that your life is so much improved, and you're setting such a great example for the rest of us.


Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:54 am
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Congratulations on 4 years Jeff and continuing to be connected.


Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:18 pm
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Glad to hear Jeff. You always inspire us with your words and your actions.


Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:52 pm
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Happy birthday Jeff. Seriously, one day at a time you've stayed clean for 1460 days. That's not a little deal!! Thank you for your experience strength and hope in this fellowship, and in the lives of others. Bless your road man.


Thu Dec 22, 2016 4:11 pm
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Thank you all. I still get choked up when I think of the day I came to my first meeting, and found the fellowship--which has saved my life, given me hope and purpose, a place to belong, people to love, and principles to live by. I don't do it perfectly yet---maybe next week :lol: ---but I keep coming back.

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You have to go the way the way your blood beats:
If you don't live the only life you have,
You won't live some other life,
You just won't live any life at all.

I was dan1 in a former life.

skype: dan939f
reddit: DansNewLife


Sun Jan 22, 2017 1:06 pm
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