160 No Résumé Required

160 No Résumé Required

I am grateful I did not have to present a Résumé to sign on with Alcoholics Anonymous. I bet the creativity of alcoholics would come to the surface if we had to present a résumé to join. Some of us have a lively imagination. Bars are "good" places to share that imaginary résumé. My verbal skills left a lot to be desired, so I could not compete with their creative imagination. Maybe that was one of the reason I did not like hanging out in bars, of course being a loner helped. If I could communicate better I could have told of great events I dreamed of performing, while drinking, which never made it passed daydreaming. If I had to look and sound good before being accepted into A.A., perhaps the "inner-circle" with the secret handshake, I had to express my exaggerated "good deeds" much better than I was able. Alcoholics Anonymous was different from other organizations. A.A. members are more like to say, "Come as you are we’ve been waiting for you." When working with a newcomer I listen for a one-line résumé. "I can’t stay stopped drinking but I want to."


1. When still drinking what did your "résumé" look or sound like?

2. When you decided to join the fellowship what would your "résumé" look or sound like?

Random Awakening

Coming-of-age in AA is a wonderful goal to strive for.