Simon P

Home Group: Oxford Beginners, Sunday 18:00

My name is Simon P and I’m an alcoholic. My sobriety date is the 30th March 2014.

I came to AA via the telephone service who arranged for a member to pick me up and take me to a meeting.

I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to do service at my Home Group, including setting up, literature, secretary and most recently as group service representative.

For the last three years I’ve been an Intergroup Regional Representative and recently been elected to serve as Intergroup Chair.

“Alcoholics Anonymous is more than a set of principles; it is a Fellowship of alcoholics in action. Service is at the centre of every AA concept and activity. It is as fundamental to AA as abstinence is to sobriety. Without this giving of oneself to another, there would be no Fellowship”.

From the pamphlet ‘Growing into Service’

Initially having  a service commitment just got me to meetings on a regular basis, it subsequently led me to feeling part of, having a genuine interest in others wellbeing and being grateful for the opportunity to do service. I was told early on that “Self-esteem comes from doing estimable acts. You can’t think your way into right living; you must act your way into right thinking.”

Doing service has been a privilege, from welcoming a new comer with a smile and cup of tea through to working through the twelve steps with a sponsee and everything else in between.