Sunday Sundries …
Courtesy: Untiltheacropolis – Tibetan Prayer Flags
It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood. People out and about enjoying this summer like weather in the spring. The trees are greening quickly and some of the flowering trees have blooms on them. The city is thawing quickly and the green spaces are coming online nicely.
I departed early to stop off to get some things from the mall on the way out and instead of walking overland, I took the tunnel through Westmount Square. The hall was blessedly cool as we set up for the meeting.
We seated a fair number tonight, as we always do on Sunday evening. And we continued reading from Chapter 7 – Working with Others.
“To be vital, faith must be accompanied by self sacrifice and unselfish, constructive action.”
Another passage could suffice here: “Faith without works is Dead !”
The best thing I do to work with others, is to be present. Being present is the greatest gift you can give someone. You don’t always have to use words, but by your action of being present, you can change a life.
And that is what I do several times a week, at the assorted meetings I attend. I arrive early, even if I am not a member of said group. Because I enjoy the company of my friends and the others who come.
I am a member on Sunday and Thursday nights. I give back by helping to put on a meeting. I may not formally sponsor people. But I am present in the lives of my fellows. I have phone numbers in my phone that I use often. I always try to engage my friends and encourage them on a daily basis.
By giving back, freely what was given me, or you, we are giving back to a fellowship that operates on the principle of attraction rather than promotion. If you are good to others, they will want to spend time with you. It is in showing them how you stay sober, that others may stay sober.
The rule of thumb is 20 minutes before – 20 minutes after.
The most important moments of the meeting. When you can reach out to other members and talk openly and invite them to other meetings. And see whether or not you can offer experience, strength and hope.
That is how I work with others.
It was a good night.
More to come, stay tuned …