Somebody wrote to me yesterday about being afraid to go to her first AA meeting. When she looked online for meetings, she saw all kinds of acronyms and abbreviations she didn't understand. I wrote back and tried to explain all the kinds of meetings I could imagine - and explained what they might be. She wrote later and told me she went to her first meeting - she will go to another one today. I am so happy for her. I pray that this is her new start in life. A life without alcohol. An honest life. No more feeling that awful ache of loneliness and shame.
What struck me as I wrote to her is that she could call her local AA number and that there would be a person just like me in her very own neighborhood who would be happy to take her to a meeting. There are recovering alcoholics in every city and town across the United States (I can't speak for the rest of the world because I haven't been there). A very important part of our recovery is helping others. A couple of us blog so we are pretty public. Most of us are happy to be humbly anonymous. You don't have to travel far to find us.... we are there in your very own neighborhood.
I will be one traveling sober alcoholic today. Let's all stay sober no matter where we are, OK?