Still_Sober wrote: ↑Fri Jun 04, 2021 9:45 am
If all it took were the steps, we could hand out the wallet cards with the 12 steps on them and call it a day, says this misfit.
AA Mainstream Misfit
Quite correct Still Sober! I can tell you how I did it - my story, in part, is in the E-aa Story section and printed in the Grapevine October 2016 Atheist & Agnostic Members issue ~ but it is quite long to re-tell. I went to lots of meetings, got a sponsor, worked the Steps, got a Home Group, threw myself into service work, gave lots of rides to meetings and AA functions... I might forget something.... but at around 3 months I became willing to be willing.
I still work on my selfish self-centered Self. I have found an HP that I can do business with and continue with service work, rides and sponsoring others. I continue to come here almost daily, even after all these years! I try to help out as much as possible.
So sure I missed listing something.... What did you do??? - you know... the short 2 paragraph story? AA EXPERIENCE, not our expertise, is what I learned to love. I paid many experts and came to resent them for failing to help me. Laughing but serious. Just last night at a meeting I talked about that "expert in alcoholism" therapist who I went to for a couple of months. One day I handed over my co-pay and never went back. I am not here to talk about my Mom's problems.
Cling to the thought that, in God's hands, the dark past is the greatest possession you have - the key to life and happiness for others. With it you can avert death and misery for them. page 124 BB