Friday, November 04, 2011
I spoke at a meeting. My story in 20 minutes... well, I made it 25. And then I apologized for running over.
After the meeting a young woman came over and talked to me. She just got out of a month long treatment program. (My daughter is a graduate of the same program, she enjoyed being at a mountain resort for a month, but she certainly did not stay sober.) Anyway, she asked me if I could sponsor her. And I said "no." I have never done that before.
My sponsor has been telling me to do that for years. First, I am sponsoring enough people to drive me to distraction at times. Second, she says I have no business sponsoring a new person in AA anymore.
I usually go ahead and say "yes" anyway. But today I didn't.
There was another woman standing with us who immediately said, "I am looking for a new sponsee." I thought "how wonderful!" She wants to sponsor someone right now. I don't. She will do a good job. I would probably do a grudging job. And that would not be good for anyone.
Today I talked about the principle of rotation. It is a wonderful principle that I firmly believe in.
And then I think I got to see some of that in action. When I let go of filling the spaces, someone else, much more appropriate, gets to have that opportunity.
There is no waste in God's economy.