Nov 30

A Central Theme of Preservation (a re-post)

“Just as firmly bound by obligation are the members of Alcoholics Anonymous, who have
demonstrated that they can help problem drinkers as others seldom can.
The unique ability of each A.A. to identify himself with, and bring recovery
to, the newcomer in no way depends upon his learning, eloquence, or on any
special individual skills.  The only thing that matters is that he is an
alcoholic who has found a key to sobriety.  These legacies of suffering
and of recovery are easily passed among alcoholics, one to the other.
This is our gift from God, and its bestowal upon others like us is the one aim
that today animates A.A.’s all around the globe…

“…It is the great paradox of A.A. that we know we can seldom keep the
precious gift of sobriety unless we give it away.  If a group of doctors
possessed a cancer cure, they might be conscience-stricken if they failed their
mission through self-seeking.  Yet such a failure wouldn’t jeopardize
their personal survival.  For us, if we neglect those who are still sick,
there is unremitting danger to our own lives and sanity.” 
p. 150-151  AA

responsibility is not something i learned in the program, but something i was
re-taught…it all began with sponsorship…being held accountable for
meetings, step-work, and service…people in AA encouraged me to become a
regular, once they saw how serious i was about staying sober…they asked me to
work the coffee bar…involve myself in Group Conscience…clean up on
Saturdays at the group…attend special functions…find speakers…form
workshops…i was expected to be somewhere when i said i was going to be
there…people looked forward to me walking through the doors…and they
noticed when i wasn’t there

Hank P., the author of the chapter ‘To the Employers’ is a good example of what
the quotes at the top of the page are talking about…in the beginning of that
chapter he mentions a few men he had employed that were drunks of the hopeless
variety…he ultimately terminated their employment…at the time (because he
wasn’t knowledgeable of alcoholism as a disease) Hank voiced that he felt
somewhat liable for these men losing their lives…Hank P. eventually
discovered he was an alcoholic himself and joined the program…it is believed
that if it weren’t for him the Big Book would never have been
written…unfortunately, this man did not stay sober, and died drunk

there is a powerful message in that story…we are responsible…we
have to be…otherwise, we risk sabotaging our own sobriety…it is not
a selfish program…quite the contrary…the Twelve Steps teach me how to be
selfless…continuing to not only be accountable, but hold myself
in account for my own sobriety is paramount…helping others and being of
service is simply a beginning…no matter how small or large of a task i think
it may be…it could mean a world of difference to somebody else…i never know
how much or how little my effectiveness in carrying the message will hold…i
never know what i say or when i say it will make a difference…it is less of
my words and more of the meaning behind them, and the experience from which
they were born that makes them effective…we truly speak the Language of the
Heart to those that suffer from the same disease of which were are
afflicted…that is our common bond, wherein lies our primary purpose