Diversity

I heard others around the tables talk of their path to A.A., and it was difficult comparing who I saw with what I heard. Some had done time in prisons, and were now in service to others behind bars. Some talked about living on the streets and now they held jobs and had families, homes, and a strong faith in the program. Some who were completely demoralized, were now in service to local churches. At some meetings I could end up sitting between a lawyer on one side and a heavily tattooed biker on the other side. There is a diversity among our members that can be called amazing. We come from all walks in life and our “stories” are just as diverse. And yet . . . there we are, together in the rooms of A.A., supporting and loving each other back to healthy and productive lives. I learned to look for the similarities, not the differences – and there were many. Our unifying desire for sobriety was the one constant among us….What was your constant? Let’s all have a safe holiday weekend!!!!

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4 thoughts on “Diversity

  1. There is so much stark wisdom revealed in the big book of Alcoholics Anonymous but this particular powerful statement especially impressed me.
    A functional agnostic; becoming a believer!
    Harry, grateful alcoholic.

    • A NATURAL FAITH
      . . . deep down in every man, woman and child, is the fundamental idea of God. It may be obscured by calamity, by pomp, by worship of other things, but in some form or other it is there. For faith in a Power greater than ourselves, and miraculous demonstrations of that power in human lives, are facts as old as man himself.
      — ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 55

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