At this point you are completely confused, overwhelmed but admittedly a little jealous of how seemingly happy all the sheeple are and you wonder to yourself if you would like “to have what they have”. So you muster up the courage in the parking lot to ask one of the sheeple that smiled at you a question or two.
“Hey Bill, I guess you heard that I’m new. I was just wondering if you could tell me exactly how this whole thing works?”
And then you hear it again as Bill utters; "Just keep coming back”
“Yeah, but why? What exactly does it do? How does it work?”
“Just keep coming back,…….it works if you work it”
“Ummm, OK….What exactly is IT?
At this point, one of 3 things will happen. 1-You get a deer in the headlights blank look 2-You get a repeat of “Keep coming back, it works if you work it” or 3-Bill might utter something like; “You have to work, “The Program””.
Ummmm, OK……What exactly is the program?
Now the lost deer may return or Bill might offer the useful? “You have to work the steps with your sponsor!”
Ummmm, OK…..”How do I sign up for one of those?”
“After a few meetings, you will know. The old timers have much wisdom”
Ummm, OK…."So like, do they take a course or something? Do they take turns? What to I do?"
“Keep coming back…..Go to 90 meetings in 90 days…..more will be revealed…..I have to go now, keep coming back”
So you leave even more confused but strangely hopeful. You do in fact keep coming back and with the incessant repetition you begin to “sound like them and learn how to speak in AAisms. You randomly pick some old timer to be your sponsor not realizing that they have absolutely no training, passed no tests, Hell, you don’t even know if they really did work the steps whatever that means. But you believe because you want what they have, whatever that is.
What that is, is to “live one day at a time” for ETERNITY as an unquestioning sheeple who never recovers but is in a state of “Recovery”forever!!!! You too can be like Bill and spend the next 35 years in church basements “one day at a time”. It doesn’t matter if you have a job, if your family thinks it’s strange, if you lose all your normy friends-after all, you don’t need them anymore…Your sobriety comes first at all costs even if it means that AA will become your ENTIRE life.
But don’t forget, you don’t HAVE to do any of these things….They are only “SUGGESTIONS”.Feel free to leave at any time. Just remember that what awaits you is JAIL, INSITITUTIONS OR DEATH…….So…….No
pressure or guilt……Do as you see fit. Take what you want and leave the rest-wink wink.
This folks, is how people turn into sheeple.
Have a happy Sunday! Spend it with your family, real friends, pursuing real hobbies and interests, being a real authentic human in the real world. The alternative is BAHHHH, BAHHHH……just unacceptable.