Step 12 work

Recently, I’ve been helping another alcoholic get into the program. I’ll call him “Mike.” I’ve kind of become his de facto sponsor although due to my limited sobriety I’m not qualified to be his sponsor. I’ve been trying to get him a real sponsor, but I’m not sure if he’s ready.

Anyways, the situation presented itself where I could help Mike and I offered my hand to help, and fortunately he accepted. I smelled booze on his breath a few times in inappropriate situations, and mentioned it to my wife, who of course told his ex-wife, then he called me, wanting to kick my ass basically. He had no idea I was an alcoholic so I’m sure it was a surprise when I told him my story and offered to go to a meeting with him. Poor guy has no real friends up here (he’s from another state and relocated), so the AA fellowship will be a huge benefit for him, if he accepts it. It’s pretty amazing to watch a newcomer come into the program and start the healing and changing process.

Selfishly, helping him helps my recovery. This is what Step 12 is all about. Focusing on someone else makes me focus less on myself which is always a good thing.

In other news, I hit the century mark, 100 days, and I’m approaching my longest sobriety stretch of 110 days. One day at a time it will be nice to get there.

I have a business trip upcoming to Florida which will be my first business trip sober. I’m trying to arrange for attending an AA meeting down there and of course I will be calling my sponsor and others in the program in case I feel jittery. Hopefully, I will have a little bit of time to sit by the pool and get some sun.

Lastly, I’m not sure if this has anything to do with my recovery efforts (it probably does), but I’m having the best year revenue wise that I’ve ever had since starting my practice 3 years ago. I’m very grateful for that, and it’s one less thing I need to worry about at least for now.

One day at a time…



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