The only meeting you need is the one you missed

Good afternoon,

Just returned home from our morning in town. I dropped Dad off at church, and drove over to AA. It was a great meeting, and I learned so much.

Nothing wrong with that is there?

This morning’s topic was step 10. We covered pages 84 to 85 in the Big Book, starting with ‘This thought’ and ending with ‘spiritual condition’.

As the others were sharing, I realized that being in fit spiritual condition is a huge thing. I listened to the other members share, and thought about my own sobriety and the work that I do. Being in fit spiritual condition means that I am living the program, rather than just working the steps. It means “Practicing these principles in all our affairs.” It means that I have to live each day with God as my Employer, and do what is in front of me to do.

I didn’t expand on this part of the subject in the meeting. I was mostly focused on what others were saying. Another thought occurred to me, as I sat there. Of all the meetings it is possible to be at, how many have I missed? On the days I drive to town, how often do I just drive home, and not grab a cuppa and head to the next meeting? What vital part of my sobriety am I missing out on, due to my own laziness?

I can’t answer that, but I can say that I missed out on being of maximum use to others. I missed out on service work. I missed out on learning something new. I can say that I need the meetings that I have missed.

So, on the days I can, I will go to a meeting. I will work the program. I will do my best to be of service.

That’s all I have for now. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at


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