And So It Goes

Getting into action was a key element in my sobriety.  Being of service to my home group helped me to stay the course to recovery, and further educated me on the vastness of A.A., as it is so much more than the four walls of my Fellowship – but that is where my program begins and ends, with the one Fellowship I call my “home group.”  I needed a true sense of belonging, as my life before recovery was one long tale of constant moving, constant changing, and constant upheaval.  It was only when I struggled to fit in by being of service that I really began to feel “a part of.”
I can learn, I can grow, and I can change – but just reading is not enough, just sitting in on meetings is not enough, just never stepping up to help out – it’s not enough.  Awareness and acceptance do not work unless it is coupled with action.  I can feel the need to apologize to another, but until I take the action of actually making the apology, I will not experience the blessings of that act.  It always surprises me that our Fellowship has a membership of well over 200, and yet we never seem to have more than 10-15 at a Business Meeting, and it is usually the same 10-15 people who make themselves available for service positions.  I had a strong sponsor who encouraged service by example – and I am grateful for those lessons.  I want A.A. to always be there whenever another reaches out for help – and to that end I dedicate my energies and my spirit.

8 thoughts on “And So It Goes

  1. “Everyone’s faith journey is tailor-made”.

    I know who the Tailor is!

    Everything that ever happens is somehow an exercise in faith.
    . 🙂
    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholi

  2. . Remember that the giving of advice can never take the place of giving of your self. Out of 24 aa
    I read this am that we need action in aa, just like Bonnie says in her share.
    A very good reminder for me to not give advice aND listen without judgement and ask for guidance to carry the message to the suffering alcoholic. Thy will be done not mine.

  3. I’m not sure where in the big book’s first 164 pages it say’s get a sponsor either? I do have a little guide book that say’s that sponsorship is mentioned on pg 245, 246, 494 and 559

    I’m so full of fear today as I have to crawl under my rental and check for water leaks,becasue my tenant has been getting 200 dollar water bills.Apparently the dryer’s been blowing into the crawl er whateever but there’s more freaking cobwebs than I’v ever seen in one place.There’s only about 18 inches of space and i barely fit in there sometimes having to dig my way to certain places as I’m getting larger in my old age It’s as if I have to crawl through a mattress which is filled with spider webs. I have a great fear of the dreaded brown recluse which after being bitten, you develop some serious holes in your flesh and they love warm wet wood. God help me!

  4. So i got that done and i was telling my mother how the amount of cobwebs had grown exponentially in my head. It was bad but with a long stick and some patience I wiped them out, clearing them away with back and forth motions. It did get a little weirder though upon examining the dead spiders hanging everywhere which were glazed by their cannibalistic brothers and sisters. What’s this got to do with recovery? Well, with some serious praying and confronting my fears, I was relieved by getting er done. Kinda like my fourth and fifth. The fear was in not doing it.

    • I had MRI tube time for the third time in several months to check out the progress or lack thereof of something my body doesn’t like and is at war with. First time, major freak out; second time, remembered the experience of the first time and actually took a little nap; third time went in happily, almost a “whistling through the graveyard” kind of experience. Feeling isn’t the answer to my problems, thinking is. Thanks for reminding me Daniel! Blessings friend

  5. To quote FDR, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”

    Fear makes my challenges grow exponentially.

    “I have know many troubles in my life. Only a few of them ever happened.” (Mark Twain)

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