Like I said in my last post, I was to give my lead (my addiction journey) at my Sunday AA meeting. Well ….. I am proud to say I did it!
I was surprisingly calm. I am usually a basket case before a lead. I didn’t have the time to worry about it with only 1 days notice. I usually would have not accepted a last minute offer or I would have spent the 4th of July at home practicing and writing instead of enjoying the holiday. I was not a bit nervous and had no anxiety. Very strange for someone like me who is an anxious person to begin with.
In the past, I would practice practice practice, make notes and write down word for word what I wanted to say. This time I decided it was time to let go of the control and give it over to God. Just letting go of the outcome had a peaceful affect on me. I like to be in control. Letting it go is not my usual way.
I have been doing much better of giving over control of other things as well. There is an upcoming picnic for our club, planned by my social committee. I have given over control and am letting others help. Things may not match perfectly, the cake not be decorated as I would have chosen and I am letting folks bring whatever they choose. I like things to be a certain way when I am planning something. Life as we know it will not end if things aren’t perfect, in fact I will probably be the only one to notice.
Back to my story or as we call call it my lead ….. it came off well. People in the rooms laughed with me when appropriate, they listened with open ears and the comments afterwords were encouraging. I talked for approximately 40 minutes with no notes, no practice and no idea of what I was going to say. I let God have control over my words and it worked. It took away the fear and anxiety and I just spoke from my heart. When it was over, I was not sure exactly what I said, but all the feedback was quite positive and it felt good. I felt relieved that I could get out of my comfort zone and do this. Who knows now what I will be able to do next.
It has taken me years to loosen the reigns of control especially in giving a lead. I have given several during my 13 years in the program, but not once I have let go until this last time. I know I am finally making progress, I am learning more about myself and I am trusting the process. All good stuff.
So instead of just saying the words; Let Go and Let Go, I have to practice what I preach!