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Grapevine : March 2011
ally hear someone because my spon- sor listened and heard me. I am able to share my experiences with some- one without any shame because my sponsor shared with me. I usually tell my sponsees before we start the Fifth Step that I have either done what they did or thought it. I know I have heard it before also. I have had many, many en- riched experiences by sponsoring women. We have had many firsts together. We have gone to college, graduated from law school, gotten married, gotten divorced, had chil- dren, sent children off to college, had grandchildren, lost family mem- bers, become step-parents, gone through cancer, experienced intense pain and intense joy, but mostly we have gone to meetings, continued to work the Steps and had many, many days of laughter and joy. We have seen all of the Promises of Alcoholics Anonymous come true in our lives. We continue to be willing to sponsor new women. Anonymous I have listened to Step work in various ways. I sponsored a woman who said she couldn't get her Fourth Step written because her husband and kids were always around. I in- vited her to come to my house for a weekend. My husband was out of town and she was able to get her husband to watch the kids. She came over that weekend, sat in my guest room and wrote her Fourth Step. We were able to get through her Fi h Step by Sunday. I sponsored a woman who was terrified to read her Fi h Step to me. I suggested we drive to the beach for the day and do it there. She got the space she needed to do her work. AlotoftimesIgotoa woman's home to hear her Step work where she feels most comfort- able. I have learned to be flexible, because my sponsor was flexible with me. ere is a small glass chapel on the grounds of one of the churches here. It is always open, and I have taken wom- en there to do ird and Seventh Step work. I cherish all of these women and their cour- age to stay sober. ey o er me courage to re-work the Steps and grow in my own pro- gram. Today, most of the women I sponsor have long-term sobriety, but I am most willing to spon- sor a newcomer. Anonymous HOW I'VE SPONSORED Grapevine 15