I recently heard a member tell the following story.
I had been arrested for my 3rd DWI. The district attorney wanted me to serve a 4 year sentence. He was not open to negotiations with my attorney. During this time I had entered a treatment program. When I came before the judge for a hearing, the district attorney once again pushed for 4 years. The judge hearing the case told me that he had faith in me since I was in a treatment program. All I had to do was stay out of trouble for 3 months until sentencing and he would give me a suspended sentence with 5 years probation. The sentencing date came and sure enough I received a suspended sentence with 5 years probation. However, the judge also sentenced me to 6 months of weekends in jail. My attorney was outraged. The judge had gone back on his word. I was overjoyed. Over the last three months I had immersed myself in the program. I wanted to carry the message to others. Over the next 6 months the guards at the county jail thought I was nuts. Every Friday I would bang on the door of the jail, shouting, “let me in, I want to carry the message to other alcoholics”.
Personal Reflection: What lengths do I go to to carry the message?