Recently, I had a sponsee ask me the most interesting question…
“When you first came into A.A., what made you start taking the suggestions your sponsor gave you?”
Honestly, I had to stop and think about it! I mean, TODAY, I am 100% clear about the answer… but back then when I was in a fog and wasn’t even sure if I was an alcoholic or not, I am not clear why I took the suggestions. I know now that I did it because I saw him and others at peace and enjoying life, and that was something I certainly wasn’t and didn’t have at that time.
When I asked him what his answer to that question was, his response kinda blew me away. He said (and I am paraphrasing here):
“When I first came in and was told to get a sponsor and take the Steps, I thought, “Ok.” So, I read the book and it all seemed so illogical. But I was willing to do whatever he told me to do because somewhere in my mind I thought, “If I do this and it doesn’t work – it won’t be MY fault.”
I loved his answer because it speaks volumes to the obstinance and rebellion of the alcoholic.
I was so intrigued by the question, that I sent it out to my home group (http://getinthecar.org) members (and a few others in my network) and got some beautiful and amazing responses that I wanted to share with you (in the hopes that they will create some identification for you). Thanks for letting me share. Enjoy!
What is YOUR answer to that question?