The first day of my AA meeting: An old man came to me and said "I am....now I am having dental doctor appointment, we will meet tomorrow same time." He explained me about HALT and said that he did as his earlier friends did. I am surprised and felt " Idon't know him, why he was telling me?."
Second day we met. While returning back from meeting he said, " if possible can you stay a little while babu." Something comfort I felt to stay as he said. He introduced me two members 3 months elder than me in program. From that day we 3 simply connected and our relation was comfortable till today.
I came into the AA fellowship in 1984. There were some 4 Groups at that time in Bangalore, with some 15 active members or thereabouts. Since then AA has grown in leaps and bounds in membership in some pockets of India while lagging behind in others. But it has grown in geographic reach to cover most states and many cities and towns, even some rural areas.
Yet the "service structure" of the fellowship has neither adapted to the geographical reach, decentralising to be effective, nor has it promoted the 12 steps of recovery, resulting in less than about 7-10% of members remaining active after a year or two. The percentage of drop outs has been unhealthy to say the least.
I've been doing the 12-step workshop since 2008 and have seen lots of people do the SWS repeatedly. Sadly, they rarely think it's all about practicing the steps!
More theory (Gyan) won't make anything better. Recovery requires that we practice the steps, not preach them!
Ventrans of multiple SWSs are around, but it's a crying shame that they can't or won't even make a heartfelt apology, let alone amends.
I'm working on the content for the PWS that's to start tomorrow. In this process, I have re-studied the two basic distinctions that I first studied in 1984-86, when I was at the height of my business career. In retrospect, I see these two distnctions transformed my life thereafter.
Now, I can see that applying these to realise the 12 promises looks to have been the Grace of God.
I received a call from my recovering son while he was at office saying that his boss wants him to accompany him to another state on a work related issue today. I saw two things happen to me. "What can be better than this on the work front for his rising?" While I expect(ed) him to outrightly take a positive decision and agree to go, my skeptical mind raised its ugly head yet again..