Monday, August 15, 2011

The many colors of a RAINBOW …

One of my old time blogger friends posted an entry a few years back entitled “A guy who never met a Jew before”. As the title suggests it described the breaking down of age old prejudices.

Whenever I think of that it brings to mind the day that I attended my first AA meeting. It was in 1989 and I was “The girl who’d never met an alcoholic”. I remember looking around the room and thinking that I had absolutely nothing in common with this strange group of humanity.

I was no longer a child and I, literally, couldn’t see where I could gain anything from these “misfits”. I had always thought of myself as a liberal, well educated and non-prejudicial person but this was taking things a bit far !

Thankfully, I had a wise Sponsor who suggested that I reach out and try to find the similarities in my fellow members, rather than the differences. She taught me to listen.

All of a sudden the world seemed to open up before me. I realized that I had been living in a vacuum…and a boring one at that. I became teachable and the more I listened and opened my heart and my ears the more I learned.

My friends today are a conglomeration of different races, and ethnicities. They range in age from 17 to 86 and not a day passes that I don’t learn something new from them. We share laughter and tears and the knowledge that we will be here for each other as we continue on our journey of sobriety.

Today I feel like I have a metaphorical rainbow that covers and protects me. It is made up of the melding of all these colorful characters ... and to think that I almost let them pass me by !


Blogger Syd said...

It is great to have a fellowship of people who understand. It is like having a tribe that I belong to. We all have similar experiences and paths that are leading us to peace of mind.

8:44 PM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

This is a stirring post, Ginnie. I have goosebumps.

4:04 AM  
Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

Though I am a recovering alcoholic, I never had the pleasure of attending AA meetings but it was an Al Anon official that changed my life and my father's.
I had preconceived opinions and had not expected to meet such a highly educated marvelous person. I shouldn't have been surprised though for he was a lot like my Dad. How quick we are to judge and generally we are all wet. We are all more common than different.
Liked this post.

5:38 AM  
Blogger kenju said...

You owe a great debt to your sponsor, Ginnie.

4:49 PM  
Anonymous schmidleysscribblins, said...

Excellent post about an excellent group of individuals. Dianne

7:07 AM  
Blogger Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Good points, Ginnie, and ones that apply in everyday encounters.

3:57 AM  

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