The tremendous fact for every one of us is that we have discovered a common solution. We have a way out of which we can absolutely agree, and upon which we can join in brotherly and harmonious action. This is the great news this book carries to those who suffer from alcoholism, Alcoholics Anonymous (“AA”), page 17.
Yesterday I went to a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous after a full day of work, not too mention studying as well.
I was not in the mood to travel across town to attend an AA meeting. I actually preferred not to attend as I had been up since 4 am, my usual wake up time. Besides, my ego wants me to believe that I am on my way now, and that I am too good to attend AA meetings, that I have better things to do……..
In fact, I did not particularly need to attend a meeting or so I thought. I often think that I need only attend if I am not feeling well or when I am dealing with a huge issue.
I am learning that such thinking is incorrect.
At the meeting, two AA birthdays were celebrated, one for five years and another for sixteen years.
The guy celebrating five years talked about how often he relapsed……but kept coming back. He emphasized that it is essential to keep coming back.
Meanwhile, the guy with sixteen years remained sober, without relapse, from his very first meeting. He also mentioned that his sobriety success and continual abstinence was largely due to attending meetings regularly.
The point that I am making, which I grasped myself yesterday, is that the common denominator of success in the program is attending meetings, no matter what……. whether you keep relapsing. Eventually you will get it if you keep coming back!
Should you have no current concern of relapse and you are bored with meetings or your life is bigger and you have no time, still, keeping coming back, if not for you, for the newcomer.
The newcomer needs to see fresh, shiny fellows living productive lives when he/or she comes to an AA meeting.
I have often heard that meeting makers make it, while others do not.
Today I have my life back and I am doing well. Each day I emerge better. I have relationships with others and my higher power, I am productive and self-supporting, and I am grateful and I am sincerely happy.
Left to my own devices, I would easily forget that I have the life that I have largely due to the principles of AA. By default I lack humility. Without regular meetings, I could easily think that it’s all because of me.
I am not my solution, as mentioned in the introductory paragraph of this article, Alcoholics Anonymous is the solution.
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