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I think about the people who I sponsor quite a lot. I try to understand their personalities and what is the most likely thing to reach them and help them to comprehend the program. I try to tell the truth to them and speak from my heart so that they can feel my authenticity.
hat I was late most days, when I bothered to come in. He asked if I had a problem with alcohol, because He had noticed that I tended to miss work on Friday and Monday, which is a typical pattern for drinkers. He was sympathetic enough to care what happened to me, but not enough to keep me on the job when I was not productive and reliable.
My knowledge of what does not work certainly helps me now. I can tell other people about what I went through In trying to control my alcohol use and let them know I understand how difficult that is. AA is based on making one's own knowledge useful to other people suffering from addiction. The intent is to use one's own story as a learning tool for other people who may be in denial or resistant to doing anything effective about their problem.
I can sometimes tell which people are going to accept the AA program most readily and make good use of it. Certainly people who are at the very bottom are likely candidates, like a friend of mine whose wife left him with the children. He had nothing and he was willing to try anything to put his life back together. At the same time, I am not infallible. There are people I would never have thought would obtain sobriety who have now been sober for many years.