Well here we are in October which features Step Ten. Taking that daily inventory is so much a part of my own recovery, reflecting on where I have done ok and those moments I could have done a lot better.
But a part of that inventory for me is, "What has been my part in supporting the Fellowship of AA?" Who put the chairs out today? It may involve calling another AA member, speaking to a newcomer, finding a speaker to share at my home group, unlocking the meeting room door (Yes! Many of us have experienced lockout and the difficulties it causes.) Putting literature out, boiling kettles, getting milk, making tea, and helping with the washing up. Supporting the GSR as he reports back from Intergroup and attending my groups Group Conscience.
Step Ten must include for me, "What is my part in this meeting?" A newcomer may feel quite nervous and unsure about speaking to people. But I have been round the AA block and developed some AA social skills. But am I using them? Am I chatting with my AA mates? Or do I take time to go and say hello to that nervous newcomer and try to not make them more nervous as they see this big bearded bloke heading towards them. Yes a smile would be good here! If I don't smile then that's not so good and another item on my Step Ten list.
Over time the great fact is I have found that service helps me in my recovery. I enjoy being more involved with people and not being the loner. You get out what you put in. It all adds to the fun of being sober in this Fellowship and what fabulous fun it is!
Who put the chairs out?
What is my part in this?