Even the Newest of Newcomers (Step Twelve continued)

Even the newest of newcomers finds undreamed rewards as he tries to help his brother alcoholic, the one who is even blinder than he.  This is indeed the kind of giving that actually demands nothing.  He does not expect his brother sufferer to pay him, or even to love him.  And then he discovers that by the divine paradox of this kind of giving he has found his own reward, whether his brother has yet received anything or not.  His own character may still be gravely defective, but he somehow knows God has enabled him to make a mighty beginning, and he senses that he stands at the edge of new mysteries, joys and experiences of which he had never even dreamed.

I don’t have much to say about this paragraph.  I know that when I try to help someone new, I increase my understanding and learning as I look things up or parse them out or try to describe what has transpired in my life.  At worst, the person gets worse, and that also fills me with gratitude and humility for my own miraculous recovery from something so very difficult to recover from.  I often wish that I could explain myself better, or help people who are struggling understand more what I went through, so that they too could recover.

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One thought on “Even the Newest of Newcomers (Step Twelve continued)

  1. i have been in the program as a teenager for my dads drinking, then i went al anon for my husbands drinking, and the whole time i was doing drugs so 34 years later i have been in the program for 2 years, i have struggled to get to where i am now, but i still consider myself a newby and i learn so much just by listening to the older members whether they know it or not even the smallest bit of information i could get from them i soaked up like a sponge, i have been sober the longest was 5 months but now i am back on track i have my 2 month coin and i get my 3rd coin on the 13th of july. i even chaired my first meeting and i am so proud i really studied up on subjects for our meetings because i dont want my meetings to be boring. this is the best feeling in the world to do service work for everyone, i really feel like it was an excellent experience , i suggest anyone who reads this to try it , dont just go to listen , jump in with both feet.

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