For me the AA symbol says it all.
Unity, service, recovery.
Without unity the fellowship is weak, together we are strong. It means we all work together for one another, no gossip, no Chinese whispers just advice and help.
Service is a commitment, it drives me back to meetings, it ensures I speak to members and members get to know me. Service can be in many forms, making tea and coffee, secretary, treasurer, just doing a chair, sponsorship etc. Recently I’ve found getting people to commit to service very difficult which frustrates me immensely, come on, when you rang the AA helpline was the response “No I can’t help you on a Tuesday as there is a good TV program on”.
Service will help to keep me sober, if I’m asked to do something, there has to be a damn good reason for me not to do it.
Finally recovery, comes with the territory I suppose, stay off the booze and recovery starts. It’s important to talk about your recovery, to help others and remember where you have come from.
Summed up very briefly but it says it all to me…. Unity, service, recovery