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Excuses, Excuses

She had every reason to skip meetings but the one reason she had to go kept her coming back

Resentments were the top reason I would stop going to meetings. Here are some of the ones I experienced:

  • People are talking behind my back.
  • They are criticizing what I said in the meeting.
  • What would my family think if they found out?
  • She gave me a nasty look.
  • He is only interested in one thing.
  • I'm not going to do my Fourth Step with her.
  • I feel sick of hearing this person share.
  • This meeting sucks.
  • I'm a lesbian and this meeting is for straight people.
  • They don't understand me.
  • I can't bring my son to AA meetings.
  • They will laugh at me.
  • They are know-it-alls.

I can go on. The point is that every time I'd hit bottom again, I'd come back to a meeting and see everyone smiling. Many of them were in the same circumstances as they had been but were happier and healthier.

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