Step by Step
Monday, Sept. 15, 2014
” …I can only say that whatever growth or understanding has come to me, I have no wish to graduate. Very rarely do I miss the meetings of my neighborhood AA group, and my average has never been less than two meetings a week. I have served on only one committee in the past nine years, for I feel that I had my chance the first few years and that newer members should fill the jobs. They are far more alert and progressive than we floundering fathers were, and the future of our fellowship is in their hands.” – Alcoholics Anonymous, 3rd Edition, 1976, “Alcoholics Anonymous Number Three,” Ch 6 (“The Vicious Cycle”), pp 249-50.
Today, the words of this early AA member serve not only to instill the Program as a lifelong exercise but compel us into service. After all, “the future of our fellowship is in (our) hands.” But if I remain reluctant for whatever reason to propel myself into visible service, my own continued sobriety and emotional and spiritual growth can serve the newcomer by witnessing my own example that the Program works. And, hopefully, with continued growth and nurturing, I may some day be able – even eager – to serve in a visible capacity such as a lead speaker, moderator at a meeting or giving a ride to a meeting to someone who needs it. Today, I strengthen my sobriety with more than gratitude by respecting it because, in the end, my own recovery and the recovery of everyone else may well determine “the future of our fellowship.” And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2014