I’ve asked a man, with direct lineage to my sponsor, Mike who passed away in 2009 to sponsor me, and he’s accepted… and made sure to point out that I have to be willing to go to any length (and put up with his bluntness). He then stated, after 30 years of recovery, I should have a pretty good handle on 1, 2 & 3, so I should probably start on 4 right away.
At first, of course, you can imagine my reaction; What?! A FOURTH Step? I’m on TEN, ELEVEN & TWELVE!
And then I thought, Well, Jim, any length is any length… and think of the good that can come from it! Let’s see just how free you can be.
I got over myself in about fourteen seconds and now I can’t wait. In fact, I’m sponsoring a new guy and he’s going through his first so we’ll be able to work on it together.
Plus, my new sponsor is one of the few people who display the ability to make other people feel better about being themselves with unconditional love. That’s what I want.
I’d have been able to remain sober another fifty years the way I was going, one day at a time, if I’d kept after it as I have in the past. But what better have I to do than find out just how good good is?
And so it begins. Again.
I love this stuff.
My first sponsor would sometimes remind people in meetings, in his best Yoda voice, “Graduated so soon, you have today?” That would always get them to rethink what they’re doing. Always a good reminder that none of the program should ever go in the rear-view mirror.