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Topic: Service/Into Action
Her sponsor had some suggestions for how to deal with challenging times in sobriety
This road on Emotional Sobriety has been a tough, but enduring road—as long as I persevere and continue on the path, not my path. I had my first learning experience after the desire to drink left me...
Not drinking wasn’t enough. Getting a sponsor made his program really take off
I took what I hope is to be my last drink on the fifth anniversary of my young wife’s death, in the early morning hours of December 10, 1988. That last drink, from a pitcher of beer that didn’t even...
A young woman dives into service and learns the ropes from many old-timers
I was scared and unsure of what was to be expected of me in my new Appointed Committee Member (ACM) role. I knew this was an important meeting for AA as a whole and I didn’t want to misrepresent my...
What can an alternate delegate do when they aren’t elected to be the delegate? One member who’s been there has an idea.
This is an election year within the AA regional areas, and there is joy and accomplishment for the alternates that are voted in as delegates. They will be seeing their new-found friends, which they...
She once never left her house. Now she enjoys helping AA everywhere she can
At the end of my drinking, my world pretty much consisted of my bed and the kitchen table. Sure, I ventured out into that frightening world beyond my door—even made it to work many days—but usually...
An AA shares how he learned about district service from good service sponsors.
“I’m soooo confused,” I exclaimed to my fellow home group member, Alan W., as we drove back from our area assembly in Mantua, Ohio. Mantua may have been chosen for our area’s gathering because it was...
Don’t be afraid. You can love General Service too.
I am that strange breed of AA animal called a General Service Geek. I actually can pinpoint the exact moment when my geekiness was birthed. I had been sober for a year and a half and thought I knew...
An AA member suggests some helpful guidelines to keep in mind while doing service.
Arriving late for my first business meeting with my new home group, I was only seated a few seconds when I remembered why I had quit going to business meetings. It was like being in a bar, stepping...
A member got so involved in service, she forgot her primary purpose.
Around my fifth or sixth year of sobriety, life was good, beyond my wildest dreams, and it still is thanks to AA and my higher power. When I had five years of sobriety, I was told, “You got your...
A service-loving member has a unique plan to reach out the hand of AA
“AA Intergroup, this is Kenneth, how may I help you?” “What I want to know is why I have to go to Florida and pay $500 before you can help me!” “What are you talking about, man?” I said to the caller...

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