Sobriety lifts us up

Having lived in Northern Arizona the majority of my life, I have come to love the great outdoors.  Hiking, biking and camping have always been at the top of my list.  I find stability, which I lacked in my growing up years, in Mother Nature.  We have such a variety of animals in the north woods, of which most I have been privileged to observe.

My dream has always been to travel to Canada and to see some of it’s wonders of nature.  I saw a documentary on television about the migration of geese that happens naturally in Canada. Seeing this miracle of Mother Nature is on my bucket list.

When I ponder all of the wonders that happen right in my back yard, I feel the sense of my higher power working tirelessly for all of us. 

It was no wonder, when I came upon this story about the migration of geese in our beloved magazine, “The Grapevine,” that I was enthralled.  We read the story (quite short I must say) at our women’s meeting, and each of us was quiet for a time. We all shared and heard something different, as that is the miracle of meetings, but the common message was that we HAVE to help one another with a hand up!

Some of the methods of the geese apply to our beloved 12-step program of recovery.

  • We work together harmoniously
  • We share common values
  • We share a common destination
  • We are lifted up by each other
  • Rotation happens often
  • Everyone has an opportunity to serve
  • We “honk” at each other (communicate)
  • Constant communication is important and critical
  • When one of us drops out of the “formation” it is so very difficult to come back

Keep flying, and may God Bless us all!

F. B.

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