Hi, My Name Is….

Sharing is always a good topic, but not often thought of.  Where I come from the meeting format is usually a “topic” meeting.  Rather than have a Chair and a Secretary, we only have what we termed as a Chair – which was someone who ran or conducted the meeting.  Topics were suggested when the “sign-in sheet” was passed around the tables.  Speaker meetings were held once a month and members were invited to share their experience, strength and hope at that time.  Where I live currently, the format is a little different.  Most meetings call for a Secretary who leads the meeting, and someone they have asked to Chair.  After they relate their trip to the tables, a topic is usually selected and members are called on to relate their experience as it relates to that topic.
So with perseverance and honesty, I have accumulated some time in the Program – and I am still a “student.”  I have learned to share from my heart, not my head.  For one thing, I was a blackout drinker, and much of my “story” was lost along the way.  I have had the experience of relating how it was, what happened, and what my life is like now.  It always surprises me when I share my story; new memories crop up, old memories are forgotten, and my “story” is never the same, as a result.  I try to focus on the here and now of my recovery, as that is the crux of my sobriety – what “tools” of the Program I use, how service to others has become a part of my recovery, how important the meetings are, and how the “fellowship” of the Program helps me to overcome those old behaviors of isolation and despair.  How it is now – well I’m so much happier than I ever anticipated, I’m so much at peace with my inner “devils” than I ever anticipated . . . and . . . I am so blessed to have found the courage to just be me, warts and all – it is truly more than I ever anticipated.

4 thoughts on “Hi, My Name Is….

  1. I’m about to head out to a 7am daily reflection meeting that I have been attending for thirteen years or so. The fact that the readings don’t change, but we do, makes it enjoyable to revisit the same topics year after year.
    Glad to be a part of this spiritual entity.

  2. rise above earth’s turmoil into the secret chamber of perfect peace and confidence,

    I always enjoy topic mtgs, it helps me and my aa mind stay more focused. Thanks everyone, attitude of gratitude today.

  3. Good morning folks. Thanks for being here and your shares over the past few days. We don’t have any morning meetings round here but maybe someday. I know what to do today and am grateful for that, I’m grateful to AA, all of you here and many others. I get to do a lot of different things today.
    I’ll be heading to work pretty soon, a meeting later tonight and I’ll pick a few peeps up for that meeting. One foot in front of the other. God bless. Smiles from Tawas.

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