Yours sounds like an awesome choice.Rightly and naturally, we think well before we choose the person or persons with whom to take this intimate and confidential step. Those of us belonging to a religious denomination which requires confession must, and of course, will want to go to the properly appointed authority whose duty it is to receive it. Though we have no religious connection, we may still do well to talk with someone ordained by an established religion. We often find such a person quick to see and understand our problem. Of course, we sometimes encounter people who do not understand alcoholics.
If we cannot or would rather not do this, we search our acquaintance for a close-mouthed, understanding friend. Perhaps our doctor or psychologist will be the person.
By the way, it was me who shared the part Chip quoted above. Looks like our Chip has been dipping into the web site of e-AA! There are many wonderful shares in the place Chip found my contribution, at the Our Stories pages here http://www.e-aa.org/group_stories.php lovingly maintained and expanded on by our group's literature committee (another swell service opportunity, sharing your story in our big cyber speaker meeting!)
Do i wish I'd done the stepwork before 16 years had gone by? You betchya. I do have excuses (sponsor advising against step 4 at the time of my being diagnosed with bipolar, 10 years of recovery from that, then life situation following the natural development of a sober person). The bottom line for me was that I stopped drinking with the help if AA, gratitude and the first 3 steps, and I was damned lucky to have what I had.
I had no idea that there was more -- this inexplicable peace, this beginning to comprehend the word serenity -- and i think at my core i didn't believe I deserved it. Not drinking was all i ever wanted, and i wasn't going to look that gift horse in the mouth!
But then I found this group, and they helped me to see I could find something else in sobriety. Something that would keep me from running away from my challenges and instead grow through them. I was very skeptical but figured it couldn't hurt. Plus it would get my new friends off my back i figured man did they nag me!! Steps, steps, steps, steps, steps.
I could cry with gratitude right now if the memory didn't make me so happy.
So in their honor, i do tend to nag, which perhaps isn't the mosts attractive incentive to following our program. But it worked for me.
Steps, steps, steps, steps, steps!