I had come into program, clipboard in hand (no kidding!), and all I wanted was for you to tell me the twelve little things I needed to do to get my husband to stop drinking. I stood perched with pen in hand, "So tell me these twelve things, because I need to have this tackled by next Tuesday."
The birthday girl and a few other old timers chuckled, cleared me a seat and said, "Sit down and put your clipboard away, honey. You're going to be here a while." I was genuinely annoyed, because that's who I was back then. Snarky and superior. Clearly they did not know who they were dealing with! But I had no where else to go, and nothing to lose, so I did what they asked. Why? Because they were smiling, and I was miserable.
Nine years later I'm still here, and I'm not embarrassed to admit that I'm not even close to scratching the surface. This program is so complex, so rich, and so resourceful that I could plug away at it for another twenty years and never come close to tapping all it has to offer.
It may look simple. Twelve little steps, a handful of books to read, a couple sing-song slogans to memorize, but don't let it fool you. Each time I plunge headlong into my program to tackle whatever it is that's bothering me, another nuance is revealed to me and I am better for it.
So if you're an old timer, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for teaching me these steps and traditions, so that instead of enduring my life, I have the opportunity to embrace it. And if you're a newcomer, well, all I can say is "Sit down and put your clipboard away honey, because you're gonna be here a while!"
And I promise you,