Not Something You Join But A Way Of Life

There are literally thousands of organizations that individuals can join in this country. Some are organizations like the Red Cross which provide many services like aid relief and blood drives. Others are political organizations where people work to help elect their favorite candidate. There is probably an organization for every social, economic or political cause in this country. Many people are very enthusiastic when they first join their club or organization. Over time however there are a fairly large number of people who end up leaving. Usually this is because other obligations like work and family need to take precedence.
There is one club in the world where this is definitely not the case. That club is the fellowship of AA, NA, OA and other 12 step programs. Our involvement in the fellowship is of necessity a lifelong commitment. We realize that we cannot rest on the laurels of a particular day. Each day presents new challenges which need to be addressed using the tools of the program. When we distance ourselves for any length of time from the program, our old way of thinking begins to creep back in. We start telling ourselves that we no longer need the program. The truth is that we only have a daily reprieve. Much of that reprieve is dependent on our commitment to the our particular fellowship.

Personal Reflection: How is my program a way of life for me?

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AA (NA, OA et. al.) Has No Fixed Address; You Can Take It With You

One of the joys of the program is that meetings are available in almost every city, village and hamlet of the world. Whether you’re taking an exotic cruise, exploring the French countryside or are visiting relatives in South America; a meeting is usually not far away. Quite often, there are English-speaking meetings in far off places. Sometimes of course there are not. Yet when we sit in a meeting conducted in a foreign language, we still feel very much at home. We recognize the serenity prayer and the Twelve Steps, regardless of the language. More importantly we feel the sense of kinship from our brothers and sisters in 12 step rooms across the world.

On a deeper level, the program has no fixed address because it resides in each and everyone one of us. As members of the program, we carry the message wherever we go. We are taking it with us of course by maintaining our sobriety. It is also taken with us when we conduct ourselves with emotional sobriety. We tap into our Higher Power wherever we are found; for G-d is certainly not limited by physical boundary.

Personal Reflection: How do you take the program with you?