Saturday, March 13, 2010

Sponsorship 5...

I was reading with a sponsee this morning (our regular Saturday AM gig) from "There is a Solution":
"... We are average Americans. All sections of this country and many of its occupations are represented, as well as many political, economic, social, and religious backgrounds.  We are people who normally would not mix. ..." BB p. 17
It wasn't until just reflecting on that now, some 7 hours later, that this young man is less than 1/2 my age.  I've been sober longer than this guy has been alive.  He has never known a world "before the Internet."  etc.  He's in school.  I've forgotten what that could even possibly feel like.  He's dating and wildly raging in hormones and life and death feelings about acceptance and approval.  I've pretty much forgotten what that feels like as well.

Anyway, as I stated in an earlier posting, this is what I often do - read the book with someone and see if we can have the same experience that they talk about in the book.

This ancient, imperfect book seems to have reached down and grabbed this young drunk with a solution.

I love to see that happen.


Mary Christine said...

I am glad to hear that someone that young is availing himself of what you and AA have to offer. And also very grateful for your consistency.

Your quote was read this morning in the meeting by a young man, right before he got to the part about "when carnage, joyousness and democracy pervade the vessel from steerage to Captain's table." Bless our hearts, no one so much as snickered.

Syd said...

I still have wildly raging hormones. I guess one is never too old for some things.

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Scott said...

lol I am with Syd... but to your point, I love when that book of principles grabs hold of another like it did me. That blew my first sponsor away too!

chitowngreg said...

It's humbling to see just how great a diversity of people we have in our programs, all looking to the same Big Book and program materials.