Years ago I went to AA meetings when I was in the California State Prison-Lancaster (CSP-LAC) . There meetings held 10-15 inmates and we had 1-2 outside volunteers. Here meetings are much larger. 80-110 inmates come in to every meeting. The meetings are very organized. There are yearly elections to determine who will be the Chairman, Vice Chairman, make the coffee, distribute the literature, greet, and set up the chairs. It is a privilege to be elected and guys take their position seriously.
Most times, I just sit in the middle and listen. I've volunteered to read and speak a few times, but I prefer to listen. I really like hearing some of the guys speak. I relate to what they've felt. As they speak I connect, my emotional guards drop and I feel moved by stories of pain and courage. I am always glad that I attended.
Today was good. I like the Sixth Step. It reads: we are entirely ready to have God remove all our defects of character.