Sharing and Caring

I do not possess the right to ever tell others how they should choose to live.  As a sponsor to others the very best I can do is to relate what my experience was with whatever problem they may be facing.  This is especially true for members who also have mental health issues – the medication they are directed to use is not my business, at all.  My “job” as a sponsor is to work the Steps and Traditions with my sponsees.  The only “suggestion” I can give to others is to take whatever medication is prescribed for you, and to take it according to the instructions.  It’s not my place to judge that, or to even express an opinion on the subject.  Not only am I not a doctor, I possess little knowledge of medications in general, and specifically those medications that can alter behavior.
AA, as a Fellowship is designed to not participate in controversy, as it states in Tradition Ten:  “Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.”  We leave the “world” outside when we meet – we are not there to discuss who is winning the World Series, the politics of  the current Governor of the State, or the condition of the world as it relates to wars.  As it states in Tradition 5: “Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.”  It is our goal, our aim, and our function, as a group.   My purpose, my aim, and my goal is to support this premise – and I encourage this each time I interact with another person in recovery, each time I represent the A.A. program, and each time I share my experience, strength and hope.
Photo Courtesy of Tom S
Photo Courtesy of Tom S

4 thoughts on “Sharing and Caring

  1. As I mentioned yesterday I recognize the fact that lots of times nowadays I waken with very peaceful, often sublime thoughts and these are always connected in some way with God and I’m sure affirm the teaching that wherever God is his kingdom is. And as Leo taught me; “Harry, wherever you are, God is”.

    Wow–wee! What a powerful concept.

    Where do these things I call, “First Thoughts” come from?
    They are what I am concerned with.
    Do they come from a higher source or as often times in the past from a lower source?

  2. Lots of good reading lately. I went back and watched the Video’s harry shared with us, too. I’m sure most of us have heard that, ” meeting makers make it” but for me this isn’t true at all, however it did give me a better chance at eventually working the steps with a sponsor. I really can’t wrap my head around how some folks come in and still thinking they can figure it out on their own. Assmosis does work for some but it;s not enough for me. A few days ago i had to come clean about how my doc’s changed my psychotropic meds. My sponsor say’s to me,” I knew something was wrong, your behavior has been different lately but I needed you to tell me and thank you for sharing that”. I felt shame over my confusion in what would ordinarily be a mundane task at work. So later I googled the side effects of this medication and have surely suffered a few of these which are clumsiness, confusion and blurred vision at times.I stilll feel a bit out of sorts and am playing doctor by taking half the prescribed dosage till I can get back with my doc. No chain saws and just limiting risks for a while till i get a handle on this. Grateful to be aware of feeling stupid.

  3. Glad to hear from our fellow trudgers this beautiful morning.
    May God’s Blessings be revealed to us; may we be a vessel of His peace.
    Grateful for the Gift

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