Being of Service is a way of life in AA. It is suggested, soon upon entering the rooms of AA, that we take on a service commitment, usually making coffee. This is a wonderful way to get to know other members of AA. You need to arrive early, take out the necessary equipment, put on the coffee, and wait for others to arrive. It feels a little awkward at first, not knowing anyone, but gradually you get to know people as they arrive and come over to help themselves to coffee and chat with you in a friendly sort of way. It feels good to be contributing to others, to be of service
When I first started attending AA I went to six meetings a week and had three service commitments. I tried coffee, literature, H & I, and gradually took on secretary. I felt honored that others wanted me to contribute in these ways. I got used to being in front of the crown talking. I even got a little rowdy toward the end of my secretary commitment ready to try new things, to shake things up a little. Soon I found myself knowing just about everybody’s name. I was a part of AA.
That service has continued to grow. And I now realize that I had begun to shift my focus away from selfish things and onto my fellows. We can only focus on one thing at a time. If we are paying attention to others, we are not paying attention to ourselves. Our world expands to include others.
Perhaps the most wonderful thing we can experience is taking another through the recovery process, through the steps, and seeing the light come on in their eyes. Love and service, that is what AA means to me. And with that comes freedom from myself and a life of purpose beyond what I could ever have imagined. One step at a time, one day at a time, my life has grown to include many new friends and loved ones. I feel an integral part of bringing AA to the world. What better activity is there?
Rose B., 1/14/2019