AA, peopled as it is with such fragile, damaged souls, can be a messy place sometimes. But tonight I watched a lonely old man (cliche, but apt) get a warm, friendly welcome, handshakes, introductions... he walked in the room a stranger and by the end of the meeting left with names and numbers in his pocket.
It will be up to him to use them, and hopefully if he does the people at the other end of the phone won't drop the ball (fragile and damaged, remember?) but tonight he discovered that he doesn't have to go it alone. No one asked him for money, or an insurance card, nor did they insist he agree to anything. I watched. People just noticed he was new, and sitting alone, and made him welcome.
Watching this unfold tonight I was so very grateful to be a small part of this great thing.