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Grapevine : December 2011
I’ve been blessed over the years to have sponsored a few men who are, to this day, still sober and very good friends of mine. I’ve also had some drop me like a hot rock. But I’ve learned (the hard way, as always) that sponsoring ef- fectively takes time and a patience Like learning to ride a bike A sponsor discovers how to help new guys up on two wheels and then let go that only comes with the willingness to change. I believe it’s a relationship that should include mutual respect. After all, aren’t we just as close to the “next drink” as the “newbie” if a cer- tain spiritual awareness isn’t pres- ent? I’m also not fond of referring to them as “sponsees.” It projects a SPONSORSHIP aagrapevine.org 43 GRAPE_43-45.indd 43 10/28/11 4:08 PM