Endigar 638 ~ Doing Anything to Help

From the Daily Reflections of December 15;

Offer him [the alcoholic] friendship and fellowship. Tell him that if he wants to get well you will do anything to help.   (Alcoholics Anonymous, page 95)

I remember how attracted I was to the two men from A.A. who Twelfth-Stepped me. They said I could have what they had, with no conditions attached, that all I had to do was make my own decision to join them on the pathway to recovery. When I start convincing a newcomer to do things my way, I forget how helpful those two men were to me in their open-minded generosity.



————————————— rok-unload When your will has been broken, your mind has been turned against you, and your heart has been humiliated into paralysis you become the animated corpse of horror movies.  This is what alcohol summoned into my life.  The assertion that alcohol finally “beat us into a state of reasonableness,” (Alcoholics Anonymous, page 48) is a cruel understatement of the situation. I was a mess coming into the rooms.

The will of my Higher Power, the mind of the 12 Steps, and the heart of the Fellowship acted as life support in early recovery.  The open-minded generosity that the Reflections contributor spoke of lured me back to life.  I was introduced to the paradox that surrender brought empowerment, and I desperately needed spiritual power.

How could I not want to do anything possible to help other sufferers as they first walk through the door?  It is only a lingering fear that prevents me.  And fear must be faced and overcome for me to continue to freely live.  I either grow or shrink.  Spiritual life is not a defensive war.  The casualties of alcoholism and addiction are real.  I will do anything to help.

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