September 2018

On Discipline

By Anonymous

9th Step: Made direct amends to such people where possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

Making direct amends may sound daunting which is why the spiritual principle of DISCIPLINE is behind this step. Step 8 was the first time that I truly saw how my actions had affected those around me. For the first time, I was viewing other humans as real people. And because I had worked the previous steps, I experienced empathy and compassion. It was painful to put down on paper all the harm I had caused. In step 9 I had to ask God for the discipline required to go out and make those direct amends. With the backing of the previous steps and a new found trust in a Loving Higher Power, I was able to make that first call. After the first amends was made, I was amazed (as promised). My worst fears did not materialize and none of what I had predicted played out. I made my amends with the trust and care of my Higher Power. As it turns out, discipline really meant acting on the trust I had begun to have in Step 3. The discipline required to complete Step 9 had nothing to do with me but everything to do with being in the care of God.

Potluck Speaker Meeting

This month will be our 3rd Quarterly Potluck Speaker Meeting of 2018. It follows the In-Town Retreat on Saturday, September 29, at 6:30 PM (speakers will begin at 7:00 PM). It will be held in our normal meeting space in Mesa. The Topic will be a continuation of the Retreat, "How I Got My Life Back Through the 12 Steps". Our speakers will be Matt S. and Jonathan W. If you are unable to attend the In-Town Retreat, this will be a great opportunity to experience the solution of SAA. If you are attending the Retreat, this is a great way to cap off a full day of recovery! Don't forget to bring a dish to share.

Service Opportunities

Why Service?

As sex addicts, we have been selfish and self centered. Service to our fellows gets us out of ourselves and builds our commitment to the group. Pick up a service opportunity right away; it’s time you WON’T be acting out!

Trusted Servant

Acting as The Trusted Servant (the one who leads an individual meeting) is a great way to be a part of the group and gain a worthwhile commitment.
Anyone can do it! There is no sobriety requirement to lead a meeting and the instructions are easy to follow.
Sign-up early for the following month to get yourself a wonderful and rewarding service position. Noon and morning meetings are always looking for Trusted Servants. Sign up on the boards in the room at San Jose.

Room Maintenance

Cleaning Windows
Sweeping Outside
Watering Plants
Trash Removal

Committees and Sub-Committees

Service committees welcome help from any member who has available time to serve. Committees such as Activities, Intergroup, Newsletter, Retreat, and Outreach, to name a few.

Tradition of the Month

SAA, as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.

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