Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Steaming through the week
I hate to belabor a point, but I am doing all kinds of things I don't normally do this week. I know some of you discretely might jot something down during a meeting. I really don't have a problem with that, I don't think most people would. I was talking about a meeting where two women, on opposite sides of the room had spiral bound 8.5 X 11" notebooks in spread out front of them, and they were furiously transcribing the meeting. Pammie wrote about it yesterday, approaching it from a spiritual angle.
I will also tell you about something that happened to me when I was in my first six months of sobriety that probably changed my life. There were all sorts of shenanigans going on at my group. I was alarmed. I honestly thought "Great, AA is going to fall apart just when I get here!" A friend suggested that I take my Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions and actually read about the traditions. I thought that was something for "later." But I read them. Then I read more. And more. And more. There are wonderful books about AA's history and how the traditions were hammered out on the anvil of experience... something like that. Bill Wilson had quite the way with words!
One of the most important things I learned was the meaning of the First Tradition. The Common Welfare comes first. That means that I don't say things like - "I don't care if my group told me not to do this, or that you don't like it - it is GOOD FOR ME!" We learn to put the welfare of the group before our own personal welfare because our personal recovery depends on AA unity.
I highly recommend reading books like "Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers," "Language of the Heart," "Pass it on," Etc. Books about AA and its history.
Must get in the tub and out of here to work. Today is my big meeting. I am excited! I keep marveling at the fact that I have this new job. I tried for years to find a new job, and it never happened. Then one day in October, my phone rang and here was this opportunity. I see it as the answer to a long, long prayer.
I think I will stay sober today and hope you all do too.