|Posted by Dayzed on February 5, 2015 at 10:55 AM||comments (0)|
We must believe the things we teach our children. — Woodrow Wilson
It may be easy to say the words and phrases we've heard without really meaning them. Someone says something at a meeting that sounds good. Our counselor has a favorite saying. We may say these words, but are we taking the time to ask the question, Do I believe what I'm saying? Step Two speaks of, “Came to believe....” By really believing in the Twelve Steps, we let them become part of us. The more we believe in the Steps the more we turn our lives over to them. Hopefully, over time, the Twelve Steps will guide us more and more. We'll speak to our family with the respect we've found in the Twelve Steps. Our spirit must truly believe. Then we can work the Steps.
Prayer for the Day
Higher Power, believing is something that lasts a lifetime. Give me the power to believe even when doubt creeps in.
Action for the Day
My beliefs are changing. Today, in my inventory, I'll ask: Do I believe what I said today?
|Posted by Dayzed on February 1, 2015 at 12:05 PM||comments (1)|
SOME EXPECTATIONS TO CONSIDER IN SPONSORSHIP
3. Mutual honesty
4. Working the Steps
5. Meeting attendance
6. Sponsor availability
7. Frequency of contact
8. When and where to call
9. Sponsor replacement
Working the Steps
The Steps form the basis of every Twelve Step recovery program. Other program activities (meetings, sponsors, and Conference-approved literature) are designed to support us in working the Steps. Since our primary function as sponsors is to help our sponsees work the Steps, we should emphasize their importance from the beginning. My expectation for each of my sponsees is that he will be willing to work the Twelve Steps, and I ask for that commitment before agreeing to sponsor him.
Starting the Steps is a priority for program newcomers.
For newcomers to Alcoholics Anonymous, the suggested meeting attendance is ninety meetings in ninety days. Such a rigorous meeting schedule gives newcomers a firm grounding in program principles and establishes a new behavioral pattern based on acceptance of their alcoholism. It also represents a commitment to sobriety and to the work it requires. Ninety meetings in ninety days can also be recommended for other Twelve Step programs to help newcomers reduce their loneliness and sense of isolation. For these reasons and more, many of us have the “ninety-in-ninety” expectation for our sponsees and make that commitment a condition of sponsorship. I encourage my newcomer sponsees to include as many speaker meetings as possible in their ninety meetings. Speaker meetings help newcomers identify as alcoholics, addicts, or compulsive individuals . Speaker meetings also show newcomers that they can recover in a Twelve Step program and that they can be happy and successful. In speaker meetings, they get a full hour of experience, strength, and hope relating to recovery.
Speaker meetings are especially good for newcomers.
|Posted by Dayzed on January 29, 2015 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
An alcoholic spends his life committing suicide on the installment plan. — Laurence Peter
None of us woke up one morning and found we had suddenly turned into an addict. We got to be one by practice. And we practiced often. We ignored our families—we left work early—and went drinking and drugging. Daily, we chose chemicals over anything else. Likewise, getting sober is no accident. We use the Steps. We work the program. At meetings, we're reminded to help others. We all get sober on the installment plan. A day at a time. We got sick one day at a time; we recover one day at a time.
Prayer for the Day
Today, with my Higher Power's help, I'll be happier, more honest, more sober. Sobriety is like a good savings account. Higher Power, help me to put in more than I take out.
Action for the Day
I'll go over my Step One to remind myself it's no accident I'm an addict.
|Posted by Richard Rothman on August 2, 2014 at 12:50 PM||comments (0)|
Hi, my name is Richard_R511 and I am willing to be a sponsor for newcomers. I have a sponsor and a Grandsponsor. I have worked the steps several times as written in the Big Book. The program of AA is the first 164 pages of the Big Book. You can PM me here or on ITR.
|Posted by Greg Richards on June 10, 2014 at 6:15 AM|
This blog space is for newcomers to start telling us their story. It provides an ideal space for those that wish to tell us more about themselves and their illness, so that we may get to know you all.