Love is in the air!
February is here which for many invokes memories of exchanging Valentines at school, or memories past and present with the ones we love most. I’ve learned over the years that love comes in many forms.
My personal experience in AA and Al-Anon has opened my heart to a whole new type of love I never knew I could experience. I couldn’t quite describe it until I went to my first Al-Anon meeting and heard the line in the closing statement “After a while, you’ll discover that though you may not like all of us, you’ll love us in a very special way, the same way we already love you”. It’s a very unique relationship we form with each other in recovery, bound by the shared experience of powerlessness and unmanageability caused by alcohol. When I first stepped into the rooms of AA, by mind was clouded with judgement and assumption – yet, I was welcomed with open arms, kindness and compassion. My heart wasn’t opened immediately, but over time as I began to feel the power of the Fellowship, I was able to understand the earnest hope everyone had to see me sober and happy. Like many, my story involves relapse. Each time I returned and re-raised my hand as a newcomer, I felt that same love, kindness and compassion that I felt at my first meeting.
Today, I can’t imagine my life without my fellows in both AA and Al-Anon. When I am feeling alone, sad, hurt, frustrated, I know I am only a meeting or phone call away from some relief. In turn, I now have the opportunity to step up and be that set of welcoming arms to the newcomer. It’s a beautiful thing, and I am extremely grateful to get to experience that kind of unconditional love in my life.
At Western Roundup Living Sober we strive to foster this same feeling of unconditional love. As we work together to plan and provide Community events and our Annual Conference, there can be heated conversations, disagreements, and at times sore feelings. What keeps us going, and able to move past those are the principals we’re learning in recovery and the common desire we have to accomplish our mission of providing safe and sober experiences to our LGBTQ+ Recovery Community. We extend on open invitation for you to join us at anytime along this journey, whether it’s taking an active part in on one of our committees, volunteering with us, or attending one of our many great events.
We also love and celebrate diversity and inclusion at WRLS. I want to wish our members a happy Black History Month. Our Conference Program Committee is planning another great People of Color event for this year’s Roundup. If you have any interest in being part of that planning process, you can contact Program@livingsober.org.
From all of us here at Western Roundup Living Sober – we love you, and can’t wait to see you again soon!
Comment below, and let us know what Love in Recovery means to you!