A Kinship Like No Other

In recovery, I have made many friendships. Some that have lasted for the whole of my recovery, and some that were very short-termed.  I love the openness of A.A. I feel an affinity with my fellow recovery participants.  There is a closeness to others that is almost immediate when we form together for a meeting or other gatherings.  I feel an immediate closeness – and we talk about “there being no strangers, only friends we have yet to meet.”  I know I can go just about anywhere and find people who will welcome me and with whom I feel a kinship to. I had to learn to love myself before I could learn to love others.  I am connected to members of A.A. by our search to understand our disease, and our struggle for recovery from that disease.  We are united through our common dependence on the Spiritual Principles.

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5 thoughts on “A Kinship Like No Other

  1. I seem to be in the doldrums.

    I love this description of this powerful word: meteorology, an area with no wind or light variable winds just north of the equator in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, situated between the trade winds.
    The weather conditions prevailing in the doldrums that cause sailing ships to become becalmed.

    What are they to do?
    What is anyone to do when they sense that is no wind and no direction?

    I love the 4P’s!

    Pause, Pray, Ponder, Proceed.

    Know that “This Too Shall Pass”.

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

  2. Top of the morning family,
    Often heard at my home group for newcomers.
    We got good news and we got some bad news.
    – Good news: we have a solution and you don’t have t drink today.
    – Bad news: we’re your new friends.
    Always get a good gut roll on hearing this…..

    Close friends and family provide the mirror of my weaknesses. They can always point out what I can’t see in my life. When I served in the Army, we called them battle buddies. We are accountable to each other; accountable to the man on the left and to the man on the right. Self can never see my blind spots of ego. Self can always rationalize and justify my actions. When I’m accountable to others, I’m able to live cleaner. When I’m accountable to others, I able to stay balanced. When I accountable to others, I’m able to do the hard right or self’s easy wrong.

    It’s a good day to have a good day. Like the commercial for Home Depot goes: You can do it, we can help.

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