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Recently a friend suggested I should join her for an AA meeting. For the ones who don't know, AA stands for Alcoholics Anonymous, and a meeting is their get-together in groups, sharing their experiences and stories.
It was my first group session ever. But it wasn't the first time I met with and learned about AA members and addicts. Some years ago I had a very close relationship with an AA member, and I learned a lot about their program, their support groups, sponsors. I actually was quite impressed. And the achievements of the AA are really phenomenal - just check the amount of meetings taking place around the world, and the enormous numbers of attendees.
Through another friend, I learned even more and had greater respect. I started more and more to get interested in what the AA is doing, and how.
Before the meeting started, I received a very warm welcome by many who never met me before. Many of them shared in a quick summary their remarkable experience, and how many years they are sober. In the meeting itself, a gentleman shared for about 25 minutes his story; he also was sober for many years. I never share someone’s story, not of a client, not of a meeting, no names, no details. And his personal story is not what I want to share with you anyway.
After the meeting I went home in silence; I had to think about a lot. Not the program itself - you can google it and will find all information you need if you are ready to attend.
A few things stood out for me:
It is important to realize that an AA member in sobriety still has to deal with the same issues and past all others have to deal with. Knowing a bit of the 12 step program, I guess the world would be a better one if even the non-addicts would go through a 12 step program.
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But for my understanding, the healing doesn’t stop here. Many of the members looked ashamed, almost guilty. It felt to me that they might have accepted their addiction, but haven't dealt yet with the real core issue, or that they feel the burden of guilt on their shoulders - what they have done to their families and friends, and even more so to themselves. It felt to me like they haven't forgiven themselves, that after all these steps and years they still don’t feel appreciation and love for who they are.
In short, I was reminded on what I recently said to a cancer patient: The doctors can cut our your cancer, but they can never cut out your pain.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jay currently lives in Cape Town, South Africa. A place he calls home. Jay’s expertise is to support and guide inspired individuals to transition from a profit oriented business career to a purpose driven business career and fulfilled life. He recently started MasterStories.com, a platform on which individuals can share and process their personal story. Most excited however he is about starting The Bridge with his nephew Henri, who currently resides in Prague - two generations, inhabiting completely different parts of the world, coming together for the mutual intention of uplifting three and more generations! - Check out Jay and Henri's FREE QUIZ "How close are you to living the life that truly excites you?"