195 Al Kohallek's Pigeon

 195 Al Kohallek’s Pigeon

What should I call someone I Sponsor? It was a common practice for a sponsor to introduce the newcomer as their baby or pigeon, my sponsor chose to call me their baby. I did not care for that title at first; I took it as a put down. Later I understood that I had entered a new way of life, it was as if I were reborn, Spiritually regenerated. I refer to one that I sponsor as a pigeon. When I was growing up I had many pigeons. Some of them I had caught in the open. I would set out birdseed when the pigeon was eating I would approach them very slow, straightforward, not making in quick moves. Once I had the pigeon in hand I would hold it firm and turn it upside down, and they would settle down. We I approach a newcomer I do so very slow, I am straightforward with a simple message. I take my time; I am not in a hurry. Once I have their attention, interest I firmly hold their attention by telling my story. Once they settle down I turn their worldview about alcohol upside down. I may say something like; if you are anything like me you cannot take a drink of alcohol safely, cannot be sure if I can stop drinking or even want to. I gently tell them about the solution I found in this AA way of life. When my visit is over I let them go, if they are willing I will visit again, praying that this person will become a homing pigeon.

QUESTIONS:

1. How did you sponsor introduce you to other AA members?

2. How do you introduce or refer to those you sponsor to other AA members

Random Awakening

Our Father, I ask You; for the greatest gift of all, that I may be in conscious union with Your Will, Your Love, Your Life as You created me.