Yesterday I wrote something I probably shouldn't have about someone I shouldn't be talking to or about. Sponsorship is a funny thing. It is one of the things about AA that critics find the most objectionable. It can appear to be a vulnerable person turning their will and life over to the care of another alcoholic. That would be a misuse of sponsorship.
I find that it is good to have a sponsor. It is good to have someone to talk to who knows me well, and has known me for a long time. My sponsor is not afraid to tell me when she thinks I am off base. She is very honest with me. I run ideas by her, because sometimes my judgment is not the best. Alcoholics are good at going off on tangents being convinced that we are right and justified. Sometimes we get in serious trouble doing this. Being honest with a sponsor can prevent this from happening.
And about time in sobriety: When I was sober for 4 years, a woman with 17 years of sobriety asked me to sponsor her. I was so flattered. I was honored! I was thrilled to be her sponsor! And my ego was inflated like you couldn't believe. After a short while, I realized that this was not a good deal. She was appearing to be very humble by asking a short timer to sponsor her, but what she was doing was being very manipulative. I would suggest things to her as her sponsor and she didn't pay much attention to it - she, after all, had so much more experience than I did. It was one of the creepier experiences I have had.
OK, I need to get ready for work and get out of here. Have a nice day everyone.