Aug 14: I Want the Hand of AA to be There Always

I Want the Hand of AA to be There Always

When I first got sober I stuck around the rooms of AA for about 3 years. I had a sponsor, went to meetings, did my steps. Then I figured I was good to go. After all, I had no intention of ever e drinking again. Good heavens, I had almost died from alcoholic hepatitis. I surely would never be dumb enough to pick up a drink! No way. I had learned my lesson.

I wanted the hand of AA always to be there whenever someone reached out for help. But it didn’t have to be MY hand. After all, I had things to do and places to be.

Fast forward five more years and we find this alcoholic sipping some wines at a tasting event. Within weeks I was back in my closet, drinking nonstop from morning until “nap” time. I basically went from pass out to pass out for several months.

Luckily, six years ago (8-13-05) I put the plug in the jug and came crawling back into the rooms of AA.

“Whenever anyone, anywhere reaches out for help I want the hand of AA to be there. For that I am responsible.”

I finally got it. I only got this program because someone was willing to be the hand of AA when I reached out. I only get to keep this program by BEING the hand of AA.

And how do I put that idea into action? By doing service for the AA organization. By being willing to sponsor women. By being as generous as I can when the basket is passed both here online and in person. By taking part in the fellowship here and F2F. By participating and sharing even when I don’t feel like it.

How about you? What do you think about that quote? How does it affect the way you live your life?

I look forward to reading your shares. Thank you all for helping me reach six years of continuous sobriety…and for keeping me connected.