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Grapevine : January 2011
in 2000. I chaired two meetings a week regularly and met with my sponsor once a week. I also called her every day. I did this for about my first two years in this program. is is normal in "new" so- briety. I surely didn't need to be doing all that now, right? I made the com- mitment to chair this meeting, and I've been doing it for a few weeks now. I'm still shaking when I read the opening statement. I don't know anyone and no one knows me. I feel like when I first got sober! I'm nervous, fidgety and worried that I'm not doing it correctly. I've been humbled to a state of complete honesty. I'm so raw and vulnerable. I am actually starting to enjoy this stage of my sobriety. It's definitely a feeling I'd forgotten about. I had gotten very comfortable in my meetings and my commitments. It's good for me to change it up and be a little uncomfort- able, as it helps me grow. ank God for this program. I am truly grateful. D.G. Kenosha, Wis. me wondering for long. He told me, first, that the majority of the pa- tients were addicts and not alcohol- ics and that much of the group's dis- cussions focused primarily on drugs as the result of that. But he went on to tell me that everything I shared of my experience, strength and hope was as if he had been speaking the words himself. Even though I am aware of the connectedness that each and every one of us has to play in God's ulti- mate design, tonight was one of those outgoing commitments when I specifically felt the energy of being a part of Father's divine plan. Whether or not "Bob" uses my phone number is in God's hands, because we always must remember that we carry the message, not the alcoholic, but of course my hope and prayers are with him, and all of those struggling with this deadly disease. If "Bob" wants what recovery has to offer, he will call. It would be nice to carry more than just the memory of this day into my tomorrows. One can never have too many like-minded friends seeking to live a sober life. Finally something that I must keep in mind and seek to put into daily practice if I want to continue to morph burdens into blessings are these simple truths: The program of recovery in Alcoholics Anony- mous is not for the people who need it, it is not even for the people who want it. The gifts and blessings of the program of recovery in Alcohol- ics Anonymous are for the people who do it. Scott M. Bronx, N.Y. I don't know anyone and no one knows me. I feel like when I first got sober! Grapevine 55