“Step 2 – Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”
When we reach out, I mean *really* reach out, admitting we can’t seem to do it ourselves—not to grab something for ourselves that is not worthwhile or not necessary to our survival, but to get something for ourselves that will be good for others, as well—something magical happens.
Like many of us, probably, I have experienced this time and time again, in more or less profound ways; sometimes on my own, connecting with inner/deeper/higher energy; sometimes with other people/groups/entities.
That first day, nearly three weeks ago, that I called *another, real human being* (I am a hermit crab) *in my local community* (I am a very scared and selfish and egotistical hermit crab) on the actual *phone* (I’m not a phone-person-style-hermit-crab) to get the password for the AA Zoom meetings (oh-my-freaking-god I am calling Alcoholics A-freaking-nonymous, and I am *so not* an alcoholic, and this is so *completely* non-anonymous; like, they can see my phone number/email address, if/when I like, call/email them, whoever these scary and self-righteous and judgemental people must be), the woman who called me back, responding to my overlong awkward and unfinished voicemail message in the general voicemail box for my locality, was the exact right person who could have called me.
She was kind of wild, kind of bubbly, kind of crazy but in a good way. And for some reason, both being kind of bubbly on the phone I guess, we started babbling about politics. We then proceeded to find out we were about as close to political soul sisters as we could get, in spite of our different backgrounds/experiences. Which is quite rare for me to find, these days. Some of my best friends have completely different beliefs from mine about the current world situation.
Funny thing is, I still haven’t even met her in the online meetings, and that doesn’t even matter. And politics are not at all discussed into the meetings (which I am very glad about), thanks to some of the opening statements:
“Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.AA
“The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.
“AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes.
“Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.”
If someone else had called me back, who knows if I would have gone to that first meeting?
But this gal made me feel like it would be ok.
I feel like that was the universe —god, whatever you want to call it —looking after me.
Sending the right angel, at the right time, my way.
An angel who was technically breaking the rules, lol. Cool, eh?
p.s. though we have to wear masks pretty much everywhere else these days, one nice thing about online AA meetings is we can keep them off… in more ways than one. ;)) 🎉🤓🦀
AA meeting opening statements found here: