My e-AA experience

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ann2
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My e-AA experience

Post by ann2 » Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:03 am

Hi! I'm Ann, alcoholic. I plopped into the e-AA chat room in 2003 after moving with my husband and 2 year old child from Sweden to Finland. I was excited to be in a city, Mariehamn, instead of in rural Sweden because I expected to participate in AA meetings again. I hadn't had contact with AA members since leaving Florida for Sweden in 2000.

At the meeting I finally found, I was discouraged at the differences between it and the AA I had gotten sober on in Boston. I couldn't understand much of the language spoken there, either, and my being American, female and relatively young (that was awhile ago now . . . ) was giving me the feeling of uniqueness. I searched online for AA resources and e-AA's chat room was the only one my computer could process. I started lurking there in GMT -2 hours time, mostly alone but able to participate for example in the Monday morning meditation meeting and others I didn't have to stay up till 3 am my time for.

I was pleasantly situated however to meet lone chatters showing up in the middle of their night seeking info on AA. At first I had very little to share, but as time went on I became instructed in the steps as well as 12 stepping. (As it turned out, taking the steps was key to 12 stepping :shock: )

I explored other e-AA offerings and became involved in group service. For me service was the glue that kept me part of the group. Whenever I despaired of ever understanding life or other people, I could concentrate on a task and through performing some little function get contact with the fellowship. That contact guided me through taking the steps and guides me today in applying the principles I learned.

So I became a bit of a service wonk while constantly expanding my knowledge of myself through applying the simple yet profound practice of 12 step living. I can never get my fill. Thanks for being here.

Ann
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Re: My e-AA experience

Post by Duke » Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:41 am

I'm so glad you're here, Ann, and grateful for your service. And I really, really, really, love your quote.
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Re: My e-AA experience

Post by clouds » Wed Jul 01, 2015 11:59 am

Thank YOU for being here Ann. I loved reading your e-AA experience!
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Re: My e-AA experience

Post by Spirit Flower » Wed Jul 01, 2015 2:20 pm

:D
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Re: My e-AA experience

Post by johnd » Wed Jul 01, 2015 4:41 pm

Nice share Ann2, glad you were when I joined. You were one the first to Welcome me to this forum.. Keep up the good work... John D.
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Re: My e-AA experience

Post by Stepchild » Wed Jul 01, 2015 7:55 pm

Great share...Thank you for your service.

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Re: My e-AA experience

Post by maurits » Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:22 pm

ann2 wrote:
...and guides me today in applying the principles I learned.
thank you Ann for sharing your e-AA experience!

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Re: My e-AA experience

Post by Tosh » Wed Jul 01, 2015 11:28 pm

Thanks, Ann. You were one of the ones who helped me when I first tipped up.

Regards

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Re: My e-AA experience

Post by Niagara » Thu Jul 02, 2015 12:03 am

Yup thanks Ann, one of the first ones to help me too :)
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Re: My e-AA experience

Post by TheresaR » Thu Jul 02, 2015 1:27 pm

Wow, how time passes.
Thank for always being such an active and positive member of this group and for all your service Ann. :)
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