In keeping with the theme of BRAVING …
I never want to reach a point, where I become bored, where I am not connected, where I feel useless, and a drink seems like a good idea.
Any day, can be a day, where a drink seems like a good idea.
The purpose of sobriety is to find that which is Greater than ourselves, from Outside of ourselves, the key that will sustain us, to Stay Stopped, one day at a time.
People come, and People go. Some stay, many do not.
At some point, we realize that being just a visitor in a meeting, only lasts for so long. At some point, you get to make a choice, to either do something, or you don’t.
I know what this means. And I’ve said it before.
We welcome people from around the globe. We see our friends, often. And for the newcomer, I am patient. I know what it is like to walk into a strange room, and not know what to do. Where do I fit in, how will I ever find the path, friends, sobriety ???
One day at a time.
I have watched the chair dance for years and years. That is why chairs are set up, in the way they are, like a well planned game. Where one sits, in any given room, tells some of us, how integrated into the meeting you are.
People who attend often, sit in the same seats, week in and week out. There are always seats, set, against the back wall. With rows and rows of seats to choose from, I know that most people won’t sit up front, automatically. They hang back, in the pack, and many people, who sit “on the bubble” populate the row against the back wall.
Yes, that may be the case. But other folks sit in the back row, due to the time of arrival to any specific meeting. Which is why they tell us twenty minutes before and twenty minutes after.
The only way to work your way into a meeting, is to work your way into a meeting.
Reading the book, will come, in time. But it is suggested by good people, that the sooner that you join us, find a job, find a sponsor, read the book, and work your steps, then, and for some, they finally find themselves connected, useful, and happiness comes.
A friend of mine, who has considerable time, said to me tonight, that after all his years in, he finally figured out what Higher Power meant for him. Finding that which is greater than yourself, from a location, outside of ourselves, takes time.
Sometimes it takes a LONG TIME …
But you know, however hard one finds the suggestion … Prayer does work.
Hearing continual stories about how hard some people fight even the thought that prayer is something we should do often, only solidifies the idea that Prayer Does Work.
My friends often tell me how their brains work. Some, often find, that the obsession of
“A drink seeming like a good idea” still persists.
I know, from hearing this from folks, in the middle of the stream, connected, and seeming happy, that when they found the thought of prayer, not such a bad idea, once they begin praying, that obsession of
“A drink seeming like a good idea,” does go away.
The book is written to tell us what our problem is, who we are, and why we are here. It gives us the plan for living, and offers us a spiritual solution that HAS WORKED for millions of people.
I’ve heard what happens, when one comes in, arrogant and shut down, and feels like they just don’t connect, to anyone, or anything, thinking that they will never be happy
Wait for it …
Don’t leave until the miracle happens for you.
A very long time ago, a woman in the rehab connected to the very first meeting I walked into over twenty-five years ago, said that to me …
Stick around until the miracle happens.
Had the people around me, in those meetings, had not bet on my demise, then, others told me to leave and not come back, had someone offered me a way INTO the book and sobriety, like my friends did when I came back the second time,
I would have stuck around, and never left.
But my path was what it became.
Continual attempts at sobriety, coming and going, only lasts so long. One too many passes into a room, then back out of said room, the chances of sticking and staying, grow slim.
Some people get more than one kick at the can. Some of those who kicked the can, more than once, GET IT. And they sit down and they stay.
Sadly, numbers are not what they used to be.
We know tonight, what happens when being a visitor in a meeting, dies …
The thought that, “A drink sounds like a good idea” takes hold, the obsession returns, and we take our chances, back in the world, that really is not a place, for some, who drank like I did, or like many have, themselves.
If you come to a room, jump in with both feet, and get WET.
You will find your way, I promise you that. The Book Promises that as well.
If only folks took the time to read the book, which is why people like me exist, in the rooms, to read said book with you.
Reading is fundamental.
It was good that when I came back, over the first four months of my sobriety, I was unable to read a book myself, outside of Harry Potter.
So I went to meetings every day, where someone else, read the book TO ME, reading it for everyone, that was sitting in that particular meeting.
I heard the book read. And it stuck for me, because I had no place else to go.
Which is why I am still reading the book, to this very day.
Because, THERE IS A SOLUTION.
The idea that “A drink seems like a good idea” has gone.
Because I do the work required to never get to the point in sobriety that:
A DRINK SEEMS LIKE A GOOD IDEA ….