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Grapevine : September 2011
WhenIwasnew to sobriety, my best friend was active in district and area service. She encour- aged me to join her, but I told her, "No, that's for the bossy people in AA." She told me it wasn't like that, but I continued to believe it was. In AA, this is called "contempt prior to investigation." When I was 10 years sober, my husband and I moved to Maui, Ha- waii. It occurred to me that AA had done a lot for me, and that maybe I ought to do something for AA. I served as a general service repre- sentative (GSR) and then as our district treasurer. When the service commitments were done, I went back to focusing on my family, friends, home and job. One day, after reaching the 20- year milestone in sobriety, I sat in my backyard. By myself, I grumbled to my Higher Power about my life. I love my husband, but ... I have the Ser vice with a smile Been there, done that ... will do it again jobIwant,but...IhavethecarI want,but...Ihaveahome,but... Soon I was thoroughly discontent. So I asked my Higher Power, "What is the point of staying sober for 20 years?" In a split second, I heard a sentence in my head. It was, "I'm glad you asked." Fall came around, and I attend- ed the Thanksgiving Alcathon. Dur- ing the meal, I sat with three friends who said they had been elected GSRs for their groups. They encouraged me to volunteer to serve as GSR of my group, too. "It would be fun. We could serve together. C'mon!" they said. I had already been a GSR, and wanted to skip their suggestion. However, past experience suggests that when three people tell me the same thing, it's probably my Higher Power trying to get my attention. So, I put my name in the running, and guess who got elected. I attended the district meetings and assemblies. I learned to report back to my group. At each meeting I'd tell the group three things from the district meetings or area assemblies, 52 September 2011