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I Love My Sponsor!

“In this Fellowship we begin to learn right relations with people who understand us; we don’t have to be alone anymore.” – AA 12 & 12 Pg 116-117

Those in our Fellowship who work with a sponsor know exactly what I mean when I say, “I love my sponsor!”  …and no, she hasn’t slipped me $20 to write that.

This evening I spent about two hours with my sponsor.  We laughed, cringed, drank coffee, and talked about really important and interesting stuff…ME!  Ha!

Yes, folks, it is true that my sponsor will sit across from me, all peaceful and patient, listening to my insanity as I go on and on about myself.  She nods, smiles, sips her coffee, and then says something really brilliant and sane that I could never think of, like, “That belongs to God.”  Or, “Nobody gets to be the rooster in OA because we are all equal.”  Or, “Try praying for him for two weeks and see if that helps you with your resentment.”  And most importantly, “I did that, too.”

Working with another food addict brings me to a spiritual place that I hadn’t ever ventured while outside of the rooms of OA.  During the time I was stuck in my disease I felt alone.  I was certain nobody would or could understand.  Go figure how surprised I became when I first began working with my sponsor and she identified with me!

My sponsor has an excellent grasp of the OA program.  She lives, breathes, and walks the principles and spirituality of OA.  If I honestly tell her what is going on inside of me, she can relate and share with me her experience, strength, and hope.  Instead of my one (and usually warped) perception of my drama, I can hear a suggestion for a solution that will actually work.

Are you new to OA?  Sponsorship is a great tool to use.  Look for someone who has a recovery program that you like and ask them to help you!  See you at the next meeting! 

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