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Grapevine : December 2011
after another, I finally spotted a man sitting alone in one of the rooms. I walked in, and still being self-conscious about my alcoholism, I hesitantly asked him if he knew where the AA meeting was held. He said warmly, “Right here.” It wasn’t until then that I noticed the coffee pot and the lit- erature on the table, and I felt relieved. Sensing that I was a little confused by the empty room, the man, whose name was Wray, quickly told me to have a cup of coffee and sit down, that it would probably be just the two of us, but that we could still have a meeting. My mother joined us, and even though it was a closed meeting of AA, a group conscience deci- sion was made to invite her in. She even read the Twelve Steps. Wray’s group had decided not to cancel their regular meeting that night even though it was Christmas Eve. He had volunteered to be there, just in case an alcoholic needed a meeting. And there I was, a girl from Bal- timore, with one month of sobriety, and I was exactly where I needed to be. I learned something incredibly profound about AA that night. I understood for the first time that because of our program, I would never need to feel alone again. I received a lesson, through the power of ex- ample, about placing the needs of another alco- holic before our own. And it was not until later in my recovery that I recognized that the man alone in the room with a coffee pot probably received as much, if not more, from that meeting as I did. Dina T. Baltimore, Md. and appreciation for what I shared with them. As I made my way back to my car, I was walking on air and could only think how I couldn’t wait to tell my sponsor what happened! What did I learn that day? Some- times just showing up is being of ser- vice. Had I not gone to that meeting, those two men would have been left in a cold, dark church without the hand of AA. What a first impression that would have left them of our won- derful Fellowship! That night, and several days after, as the beer and wine was poured and consumed around me, I felt strong in my higher purpose with love, heart-felt gratitude and healing. Here I was, accomplishing things I could never do by myself. I didn’t struggle against it. My obses- sion with alcohol had been removed! It was indeed a happy holiday filled with the love and blessings of my husband and family. Anonymous There I was, a girl from Baltimore, with one month of sobriety, and I was exactly where I needed to be. aagrapevine.org 19 GRAPE_16-19.indd 19 10/20/11 6:55 PM