I GET IT!
I didn’t get it at first when I walked through the door and into the fellowship of a Twelve Step meeting. I was there with a bunch of people that I didn’t know. Instead of feeling threatened by the fact of being like a stranger in a foreign land I was made to feel welcome. I sat down and listened to what members of the group had to say. When I was asked if I had something I would like to share I said I would pass. That was the first meeting.
But the longer the meeting went the more I began to feel that these people were talking about me and my life. They were sharing how their lives had fallen apart, how they were despairing of any help. They said that just by walking through the door was an admission, a public admission (public only to this group) that their life was unmanageable and out of their control. They felt helpless and alone. Wow! I thought to myself. I just might be in the right place. No one told me to “snap out of my pain” they just listened and responded with how their lives were before coming to the Twelve Step meeting and how, after work and time living out the Steps, how their life was today. I hung on every word as to how their life was today. By the members honesty, willingness and openness to come to terms with what they needed to work on, I finally saw the light. I got it!
There are no magic potions, no magic wands–no, all that is needed to start the process of personal recovery is to believe that, with the group’s help and with the map of the Twelve Steps to follow,we can find our way out of the prison of depression. Finally, just as a final thought, I still get it!
(Read: Depressed Anonymous (2013) Third edition. Depressed Anonymous Publications)