When the Twelfth Step is seen in its full implication, it is really talking about the kind of love that has no price tag on it.
– Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 106
Thought to Ponder . . .
Life will take on new meaning.
H O P E = Help Open People’s Eyes.
A MEMBER SHARES:
Hey, y’all! I’m Sherri, an alcoholic in Houston, Texas. My date of sobriety is July 6, 1994, and I am eternally grateful for that. Our Big Book promises us a lot of stuff — there are promises after (and during) each Step. But there is one promise that means the most to me. It is found on page 89 of the Big Book: “Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail. This is our twelfth suggestion: Carry this message to other alcoholics! You can help when no one else can.” So, if I work with other alkies intensely, I am immune from the first drink. I love helping others, it makes me feel good. I admit it feeds my ego at times. But I don’t help others for you, I do it for me. I can’t stay sober if I keep my sobriety to myself. You have to give it away to keep it, as they say. When I am in a bad mood, or cranky, or, well, just being Sherri, I am sometimes not so nice to people. And then my sobriety suffers. I was taught a long time ago that you can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar. If I am kind and loving toward all, I get kindness and loving back. If I am ugly and rude to people, then I get the same back. And for me, the bottom line message is this: Stay sober. And I’ll love you whether you do or not. But I sure do hope you do. Thanks, all, for helping me to stay sober another day. I can’t imagine this room not being a part of my sobriety and program.