WHAT A RIDE!
Riding to the "cookie" meeting last night, I thought to myself, "Steve, you've been to two AA meetings today. Why are you going to a third? What's the motive here? Are you climbing back on that old roller coaster?"
Well, for one thing, I absolutely adore riding my bike. Two, I absolutely love chocolate chip cookies. Three, I felt a strong desire to 'be at that place'. And, to be honest, an AA meeting room is a very comfortable spot, like the TV saloon CHEERS, (Where Evr'ybody knows your name?). But I still was not sure, just why was I going to #3 meeting last night? (As if I have to be so positive about my every activity any more -grin-.)
My answer arrived on two legs, as I was 'dismounting' my bike, I spotted a young fellow, looking lost. He was holding a clipboard and a pencil -grin-. So I joined him, and together we walked the 'green mile', that long sidewalk leading to the meeting room. Naturally, I asked him the usual questions, "Are you new here? What's you name? Ever been before to a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous?"
He was brand new. So I told him, since there's between 150-200 people at this meeting, to follow me, and I'll show him where to sit, etc. (Ha! I'll show him the ropes!)
Wonder of wonders, he did follow me! He sat with me, asked some questions, etc. I (sort of forced?) got him to stand when the chairperson asked if there were any newcomers, etc. And I noticed he DID listen to the (two) speakers. Later, I literally pushed him out to the front of the room to receive his 24-hour chip. And we exchanged phone numbers. He admitted that he'd earlier planned to sit quietly in the back of the room, didn't cherish"being made a spectacle of..." We sat in the 'meditation' area of the church yard for some minutes, talking. I'm certain he had no plan to include ME into his first meeting!
Also, I'm just as certain that God 'showed me' exactly why I rode down town to that meeting! The kid is probably today climbing on that old roller coaster, which is so familiar to many of us. Don't know if I'll catch him at the top, or at the bottom, or at ALL. What happens is ALWAYS in God's Hands. That is one thing I DO know!