Thanks Paul. I appreciate you, too.
What you describe above is how A.A. taught me to behave in public.
Treat others as I would like to be treated.
Stay on the sidewalk -- and don't walk on their grass.
Admire... but, don't pick their flowers.
Be kind, polite, and respectful to all.
Help everyone to feel welcome -- especially the newcomers.
Let others know that you are available to help them, offer to help them, and help them at every opportunity to do so.
Thank the Old-Timers and thank the speaker.
Smile and greet everyone.
Let everyone know that you appreciate them.
Look for what you can bring and give to the meeting and the group -- rather than what you can take from the meeting and the group.
Those are the same things my mother would have wished that I had learned as her son.
My sponsor taught me that those are the ways that we take what A.A. has given to us -- and give it away to the world outside of A.A.
It's how we practice our A.A. in our daily living -- outside the rooms of A.A.
It's wonderful to watch stressed out strangers smile and look encouraged after we've crossed their paths. It's an awesome feeling to know that we've been helpful and encouraging to those that we don't know -- and they don't know us. We do it Anonymously -- like Anonymous Angels without a name and without a title -- not looking for nor expecting anything in return -- and God takes care of us and provides for our needs, when we do His work by treating His children well. All those people out there are God's kids.
So, if we're a God's kid -- all the other people in the world are our brothers and sisters. Because if we're God's kids -- they are God's kids, too. If one of them is not His kid -- then, none of us are His kid. We're related to them and we don't know it. How we treat them -- even when we see them as strangers -- is how we treat God.
If I really want to thank God and show Him how I appreciate Him -- I'll get off my knees and replace my words with actions -- and thank and appreciate the God inside of others.
Our book, the Big Book, says that God is inside us. And, that inside of us is the only place He can be found. So, if God is inside of us -- He is inside of everyone. We do His will when we treat others like we treat God. Because what we do to others -- we're doing to God. Regardless if we know it or aware of it or not. And, what we give away -- not expecting anything in return for it -- and just doing it because of "that's who we are" instead of "it's about who they are" -- it's always returned to us in greater measure in Anonymous ways.
That's what I learned in A.A. and A.A. seems to have become a part of me, as I am a part of it. A.A. helped me discover It. And, now I know that I in It and It in me. If you've seen me -- you've seen It -- because I and It are One. Iam that It inside of me.
In It.... I live and walk and have my being. For I and It are One.
When I did those things -- I started to like me.
And, it feels really good -- when I like me.
So, I continue to do those things.