Reluctance

A meeting I attend seems to have a segment of members who’ve been coming for years, but haven’t yet requested a sponsor, or worked the 12 Steps.  Reluctance might be a fitting description of their situation. It seems little changes in their lives. They’ve learned the lingo of the program and some of them are very adept at spouting it, but they don’t really seem to understand how it works. 

A few sponsees have mentioned to me that they can tell the difference between the members who’ve done the work and are walking their talk, and those who’re only talking.  They’re not criticizing, just noticing because they are so grateful that they are moving forward through the 12 Steps and didn’t wait any longer to get started.  One of these sponsees was formerly in the reluctant group for years, without a sponsor and afraid of working the Steps. With the help of her Higher Power, willingness, courage and the tools of the 12 Steps, her life has transformed in the last year and a half.

Most of my sponsees are now done working through the Steps with me, and are already sponsoring other members themselves.  Their courage and willingness has been an inspiration to me.  And, working with them has shown me the amazing, really wonder-filled way that the 12 Step programs work.  It’s overwhelming at times to witness the process as they move forward in ability to handle what life brings to them.  They show up with more confidence and self esteem each day that we connect.  They are miracles for me to witness daily.

Affirmation for the Day – ” I am willing to move forward.”

Remember to say the affirmation at least 3 times whenever you remember it, preferably in front of a mirror.

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