Reminder: Today’s 6:30PM meeting at Stonewall!

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Room Change: We’re meeting in the building to the left of the usual entrance to the Crystal Clear meeting area. There will be a sign on the door.

Today at 6:30PM: Get FREE CANDY at today’s CMA meeting at 1160 North High Street , Columbus, OH 43215. See you there!

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To the Newcomer

To the ‘First Timer’ I could tell when you walked in you were nervous. Your ‘newness’ was even more apparent when you asked where the coffee was. Maybe you are just new to this particular meeting? But as you sat there, I could see your hands shaking; I could feel the anxiety pouring out of you. And when the chairperson asked if there was anyone new, you stood up and introduced yourself. You’re at the right place.

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I’ve often heard the old timers say that it’s the new people that keep them sober, but today I experienced that first hand. And as this new person struggled through the hour, I was helped. Seeing a first time meeting attendee reminds me of where I used to be. The fear and despair in their face, the tremble in their voice. It seems that the meeting revolves around them, and maybe it should. I admire the person to walk in on their own accord and realize that their life needs to change. And because of this person being at the meeting today, I am motivated to continue forward.

So, to this new person, I have no idea who you are, but thank you and I wish you the best on the long road ahead.

Source: To the Newcomer

Trust (JFT, Jan. 31)

“Just for today I will have faith in someone in NA who believes in me and wants to help me in my recovery.”

Basic Text, p. 93

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Learning to trust is a risky proposition. Our past experience as using addicts has taught us that our companions could not be trusted. Most of all, we couldn’t trust ourselves.

Now that we’re in recovery, trust is essential. We need something to hang onto, believe in, and give us hope in our recovery. For some of us, the first thing we can trust is the words of other members sharing in meetings; we feel the truth in their words.

Finding someone we can trust makes it easier to ask for help. And as we grow to trust in their recovery, we learn to trust our own.

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Just for today: I will decide to trust someone. I will act on that trust.