Topic: Carry the message
Discussion leader: Vicki
Personalized Topic Comments: I have recently completed reading Step 12 in Nar-Anon 36, so this step is very much on my mind: Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
The SESH reading for December 16th addresses how to carry the message:
How do you carry the message to others? By working Step 12, we learn that in order to keep what we have gained, we need to give it away, expecting nothing in return. It is in giving that we receive.Attending Nar-Anon meetings is one of the most important ways I can carry the message. Even when things are going well in my life, I attend meetings. I pray that when I share my experience, strength, and hope, I may help someone else feel the healing I experienced at my first meeting. Each time I attend a meeting I pray that it will help me or give me the opportunity to help others.
Thought for today: I can carry the message by sharing my experience, strength, and hope with others. Only in this way can I continue to heal and recover.
“When we share openly at meetings, this is also part of Step Twelve. Our experience, strength, and hope will benefit someone. Even our early shares about our pent-up frustration, grief, and pain living with an addict, before we are able to focus on ourselves, helps newcomers realize they are not alone. Newcomers’ stories remind old timers how grateful we are and how far the Twelve Steps to recovery has taken us.” – The Nar-Anon Twelve Step Program
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