So you’re new to recovery. Or you’re making it back after a relapse. Either way you’re contemplating checking out a few meetings. Good for you. Meetings are a great place to start. You will find a shelter from the storm, fellowship, and a warm cup of coffee. You will sit in a meeting of fellow sufferers and fellow survivors. You will hear wonderful things. They might make you smile and give you hope. But be warned, what you hear in meetings might not have anything to do with staying sober or the program of Alcoholics Anonymous.
People will attest they get their information straight from the literature. They will utter cool, easy to remember phrases with absolute conviction. They will encourage you, the newcomer, to believe what they say. Some of theses phrases have seemingly become part of the lexicon of AA. But like any urban myth or legend they have no actual place in reality. They certainly don’t have anything to do with recovery.
Let’s take the phrase, “Meeting Makers Make It.” Really. That’s news to me. I’ve been around a while and I am here to tell you the statement is FALSE. Not because of what I’ve seen even though the evidence of my experience supports the FALSE flag. But because of what the book says.
The chapter titled We Agnostics (pp. 45) in the book Alcoholics Anonymous tells us, “Its (the book’s) main object is to enable you to find a Power greater than yourself which will solve your problem.” That’s pretty powerful stuff. The start of step 12 states, “Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps…” So it’s the steps, which gets us the spiritual awakening. It’s the steps that get me the Power greater than myself that has solved my problem. It’s the steps that get and keep me sober.
Seen a lot of people come and go in my 27 years. Some were “on fire” for “the program.” They went to three meetings a day, took commitments, cleaned the club, and performed service work. They did everything but enhance their spiritual life through working “the program” which is the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Then one day they were gone.
The Three Legacies of AA: Unity, Service and Recovery. They participated in Unity and Service but never Recovery through the 12 steps. So learning from what the book tells us we now have a better and truer phrase than, “Meeting Makers Make It.”
“Step Workers Make It”
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