It gives me pleasure to introduce to bloggers who may not have met this college girl, three years sober, who has been blogging (with us) less than one month. Please help me welcome Garden Variety Drunk, who posts under the title ANOTHER REAL ALCOHOLIC. How about leaving your cyber-mark on her blog by commenting? Thanks!
"I prayed and a nice, private opportunity came up during the afternoon. I was able to make amends, which were received well."
The above statement, taken from a young person's blog I read today, gives me much hope that our fellowship is in not as bad a shape as some claim. I'm witnessing what seems to be a resurgence in Step Work, in Following the Traditions, in Service, and in what matters, the Willingness, and the Spiritual Growth of members and membership of Alcoholics Anonymous.
How wonderful it is--to read someone so young (I'm guessing-grin!) who is REALLY taking this thing seriously. It took me years to realize some of these Step Ten benefits:
1. First, any work planned on these steps 6-10, almost always should be worked under adult supervision--meaning: Sponsor!
2. In Step Ten, with my cooperation, God can and does melt human hearts to forgiveness, and often brings to those hearts a new, warm and loving friendship.
3. Since the REAL object of Step Ten is for me to change, with God's help...I become a better person. There is no way this cannot happen.
4. Being a better person (even though I may not realize it) lets me become a better, more believable ambassador for God's messages of sobriety, serenity and happiness. This allows me to be of greater helpfulness to others, using my experience and God's Strength, and the Hope he has given me.
I wish to let you know how glad it makes me feel to be in contact with another--who is IN contact! OK?
In service, and LOVE,