Deb wrote:I believe one of the responsibilities of a sponsor is to teach us how to be a responsible member of A.A. and in life.
I'm sure grateful that I have a sponsor that was/is and has been willing to help me to learn to be a responsible member of AA and in life!
I was lucky to get sober in an area that was strong on sponsorship and geat sponsors were available.
I have to say that every problem I have ever "suffered through" was a problem that I didn't talk to my sponsor about first.... And, every problem, where I talked to my sponsor first... before taking actions... helped me to take guided and directed actions that worked out well for me and all concerned.
Imagine the relationship pains I could have avoided... had I talked to my sponsor first???
Some people have a direct connection to God. God talks to them directly. I admire that and I wish that I was one of them. The God that I understand -- offers me direction, suggestion and advice -- through other people. Of course I make my own decisions -- I just prefer making "informed decisions"... kind of the same as a "Group Conscience" approach. Originally... this is the same basic principle our founders used... that eventually became Step Eleven. They were able to consult with each other... to try and figure out if the direction they were getting was from God... or, if it was Odd!
Our entire life is about relationships. And, when I came into this world and began my living of life... I didn't have a clue about healthy and meaningful relationships. Relationships with people, pets, things, places, principles, organizations, government, community, world, planet, the ground I stand on, the air I breath, trees, nature, automobiles, money, service, food, self, and with God.
And, for me... my Sobriety is about my relationships with all of the above. (And, especially... with dogs and other animals that have their life, living, and being, sharing the same Creator).
And, I understand... that there are many others that are not as fortunate and lucky as I -- to have the kind of sponsorship available to them -- and I have it available to me. For this -- I am eternally grateful.