I love speaker meetings. I think they’re my favorite type of recovery meetings. It’s where one person gets up and shares their story with the group. I’ve actually done this once. The first time was at a random meeting that I was invited to by another sober person and it was all sorts of a hot mess (click here for more). The second time was actually at my home group and I think I wrote about that, but can’t find it. Needless to say, it wasn’t as insane as the first time.
Anyway, I love speaker meetings. I think that’s why I’ve been enjoying all the Zoom meetings so much. Most of them are set up like speaker meetings. The speaker is either sharing his/her story or his/her ideas about a certain topic. If you’ve been in the rooms of AA, you’ll probably have heard about sharing “experience, strength and hope” until your ears bleed. While, yes, I agree that those are all great things to share, sometimes I want sex, drugs and rock and roll. Of course, if you’re going to the fun meetings, you’ll probably hear all of the above. I just rolled my eyes at myself because in just this paragraph, I feel like my ideas are bouncing back and forth faster than the aliens in Space Invaders when they get closer to the bottom.
***Taking a deep breath*** And let’s try this again.
Speaker meetings are my favorite and least favorite type of recovery meeting. They’re my favorite when I connect with the speaker and lease favorite when I can’t. Yesterday I was on another meeting and the first speaker was a Scottish man who got sober in the 80s. When he started telling his story, I literally felt like he was telling mine. I think it’s so amazing that despite our differences in sex, age, sobriety dates, continents, I was able to associate all the tiny, weird details. Click here and scroll down to #143, Ivor to hear his story. I was literally on the edge of my seat picking out the chapters of my life he was speaking to. So awesome. Plus, he’s got a Scottish brogue which is always fun. Oh and my apologies to anyone I’m offending, but my knowledge of Scottishness began with Mike Myers doing the If It’s Not Scottish, It’s Crap skit on SNL (video).
I’m still always so amazed at how similar and different addicts are.
I can’t remember if I mentioned Hiro yet. He’s #70, Hiro S at the link. His share was filled with so much positive emotion that I couldn’t help but smile the entire time. I couldn’t find a lot of personal similarities, but the joy he exuded through the computer was absolutely catching.
This post has been up and down and side to side. I think it’s best to end it here.