I Hear You

When I was new to the Program I heard many words, phrases and thoughts of others. When I started to read the Big Book, it took me a while to comprehend what was being said, and then later, how that related to recovery. Then there were all those conversations before and after the meetings. I wanted to hear, and I wanted to know how the words related to recovery from alcoholism. At first, it was all a mystery to me. When I was with a group of members, I would listen closely to the words being said, and then later I would ponder on those words and how they meant something to others. I don’t agree with the idea that newcomers should take the cotton out of their ears and put it in their mouths. Newcomers may not have a clear understanding of the Program, but expressing how they feel is important for them, and a reminder to those present of what it was like then, and how it is now. Listening is important and when we’re talking we can’t hear very well.
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3 thoughts on “I Hear You

  1. “Listening is important and when you’re talking you can’t hear very well.”

    This is obviously a more Gentle way of saying, “sit down, shut up and listen”.

    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic and devoted twelve stepper.

    • I drank a lot of liquor and with Kris Kristofferson.

      Harry, grateful alcoholic and devoted twelve stepper.

      By the way take a look at the expressions on the faces of the others. The ones who are listening.

  2. …eventually I felt safe enough to give Him enough room to find me…
    You guys held me long enough and showed me well enough that unknown fear sufficiently subsided for the miracle to happen, once again.
    Grateful for the Gift

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