Climbing the Ladder

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. -Carl Bard

In the past 9 months, I have been “promoted,” as it were, up the ladder of success in AA.  In the first weeks in the program, I was a seat warmer/listener at meetings.  This is a legitimate position, because I was at least committed to attending the meetings every day.  As time marched on, I advanced to what I will call “reluctant sharer,” where I would raise my hand with no belief that my words meant anything to anybody, especially myself.  After 90 days, it was strongly suggested I take another promotion, and I chaired my first meeting.  Not too long thereafter, I was asked to share my story, and thus became the speaker of the meeting.

Then there was a period of relative calm, during which I began to develop a little more confidence, and realized that my experience could be meaningful to others, and so I advanced from reluctant sharer to, maybe I won’t say confident, but at least more relaxed sharer, at meetings.

At this point I was introduced to a group of people who had just opened a new club house located about 5 driving minutes from my home.  Several people in the group encouraged me to start my own meeting, which I at first dismissed out of hand… who would come to a meeting run by me?  What in the world do I have to offer?

But as I continued to get to know the club house, and its members, the idea had taken root, and I started seriously considering it, and talking about it with members of the Fellowship.  Finally one of the women said to me, “you’ve been talking about it long enough, now it is time to just do it.”  It still took several more weeks of waffling, but I finally turned in my paperwork and gave a date of my inaugural meeting… October 29, 2012.

And now I feel like I am in a whole new stratosphere of AA.  Creating flyers, researching, marketing, and, most fun of all, creating the format, printing readings, organizing binders, I am really getting excited for the day to arrive.  Of course, I am so nervous… I was reading through a sample format that has the secretary of the meeting pass off the reading to chairperson and I laughed out loud… currently I am the chairperson, secretary, and sole member of this meeting!  But I feel like I have done a decent job in my first attempt at sales and marketing, I’ll just have to wait until Monday to see if my hard work pays off!

Wish me luck, and I will be excited to give a follow-up to this post!

Posted on October 26, 2012, in Recovery and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Wishing you luck, but it seems you’ve already got it! So incredibly excited for you. L.


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