Having been around the recovery zone since 1988 I have heard and experienced some funny things.
Some of these only people in recovery can appreciate:
I attended a memorial service for Don, a friend in AA and 95 percent of the people there were also in recovery. Don had asked that at the end of the service that everyone join hands and say The Lord’s Prayer. This particular prayer is always said at the end of recovery meetings with everyone holding hands. At the end of the prayer at meetings everyone says, “Keep coming back, it works if you work it.” Well, at this memorial service, since most of the people there were also in Alcoholics Anonymous, we were so used to saying, “Keep coming back….” that we just automatically said it – at this memorial service. People who were at the service who were not in recovery just looked at us like “Keep coming back? To a funeral?”
My friend, Don would’ve gotten a laugh out of it.
Another story: A guy who attended meetings regularly with his young child overhead the kid say “Howard be thy name” instead of “Hallowed be thy name” during The Lord’s Prayer after a meeting. The child thought we were saying “Howard.” So one day he asks his dad, “Daddy, who’s Howard?”
New story: A guy who had a resentment against someone for a long time was told by his sponsor to pray for the guy for two weeks and his resentment would go away. After two weeks the sponsor asked the guy who had the resentment how he felt.
“I’m still mad,” he told his sponsor.
“What exactly are you praying for when you pray for him?”
“I’m praying he’ll get hit by a train,” the guy responded, matter-of-factly.
“No, that’s not what you do,” the sponsor clarified, chuckling, understanding why the guy with the resentment was still mad.
And yet another story: One guy who was doing the steps at a meeting (speaking at the podium about how to work the 12 Steps) had several warrants out for his arrest in various states that he never took care of. He was always a big talker but most people felt he was full of it. Suddenly some cops entered the room and arrested the guy right off the podium in front of everyone. Talk about humiliating.
A woman who was speaking from the podium at another meeting once suddenly had the unexpected challenge of having a mentally ill woman suddenly get up in the middle of the meeting and get down on her knees waving her arms in front of her and bowing down to the woman at the podium as if to say, “I worship you.”
Awkward moment, yes.