Open Doors Open Arms

I wouldn’t be here without the care, love and concern showed by the LGBTQ+ community.

One fact I omitted from a previous blog about my recovery was that the first AA meeting I went to was specifically for members of the LGBTQ+ community.

I had no idea.

All I knew was that I made the decision to get sober and wanted to attend a meeting that evening.

Apprehensive about embarking on a life without alcohol, and not sure if it was even possible, I walked in the room and took a seat in the back.

Immediately, I was greeted by an understanding smile. My uneasiness must have been visible because the leader of the meeting approached me to check-in.

He gave me a copy of The Big Book, even after I told him I didn’t have any money.

He knew I needed it and was there for me.

No judgement.

All understanding.

Soon after, I found my home at a morning meeting close to my apartment, but it was because of the initial open door and open arms and the acceptance of the group that allowed me to begin my recovery.

Through this experience, I was reminded of what it really means to love and respect one another.

The leader of that meeting was there for me simply because it was the right thing to do.

If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? – Luke 6:33

I was truly being treated as the people in the group want to be treated.

No judgement.

All understanding.

I learned that often times when I’m in need, and I am honest and open to receiving help, it’s there, like God, waiting for me.

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