“I can choose to work the steps, I can choose to work with others, I can choose to harbor resentment and fear or let them go, and I can choose God-reliance over self-reliance. It doesn’t matter what I feel or understand or like or even want – it matters what I choose.”
– Angela Davis, Volunteer in recovery since May 12th, 2013
Angela Davis has been an active Meeting Chair volunteer at The Magdalen House for over five years and has served more than 188 hours. We are so grateful to have Angela as part of our community!
Angela’s meetings ever are every other Saturday at 2:30 pm and focused on Steps 10, 11, and 12. View Our Meeting Schedule
1. What is your favorite line in the Big Book, and why?
“What was our choice to be?” – Page 53
It changes all the time, but I’m a big fan of “What was our choice to be?” on page 53. I have completely lost the power of choice where drinking is concerned, but I love the reminder that willingness is a choice. I can choose to work the steps, I can choose to work with others, I can choose to harbor resentment and fear or let them go, and I can choose God-reliance over self-reliance. It doesn’t matter what I feel or understand or like or even want – it matters what I choose.
2. How did The Magdalen House become part of your life?
I did not go through the Social Detox program, but I got here as soon as I could. My sponsor chaired the Monday noon meeting, and I became a regular fixture there when I began working the steps with her in 2013 (it’s still my favorite meeting ever!). I started subbing for chairs as soon as they’d let me and have chaired on Saturdays since the Saturday book study meetings began.
3. What has been the most significant gift to you in your Recovery?
The most significant gift recovery has given me is a life that works. The program found in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous has given me tools to use in every situation so that I can get (and stay) connected to my Higher Power and no longer have to live in that self-centered prison inside my own twisted mind. It’s for this reason that I’m so grateful to be an alcoholic – because I don’t think I would have ever gotten here otherwise.
4. What would you say to women who are new to recovery?
Just DO IT. Get a sponsor you trust and are willing to take direction from and then do whatever she tells you to do. Find someone who doesn’t always tell you what you want to hear! You don’t have to like it all the time, you don’t have to understand every single detail, and you don’t even have to want to do 100% of the things you’re asked to do. You just have to be willing to do them and you can have what they have, which (I promise) is more than you could ever have dreamed of for yourself.
5. What is your life like today?
My life now is livable! It is wonderful and hard and challenging and great and difficult and lovely – it is all the things. The bad things are better; the good things are great. I can live in the present and be helpful to others. I can contribute to work, relationships, and creative endeavors more than I ever could ten years ago. It’s not always sunshine and rainbows, but I am now able to see everything as an opportunity in some way. As long as I practice the principles in all of my affairs and attend to my spiritual fitness, I get to be happy, joyous, and free – which is a miracle.
6. What are some of your hobbies or things that you enjoy in your free time?
I love to sing, I’m learning Swedish for no reason, and I am VERY passionate about yarn.
About Angela Davis
Angela Davis is an actor, singer, audiobook narrator, and avid knitter/crocheter/maker of lovely things. You may have seen her in productions around town at places like Theatre Three (The Manufactured Myth of Eveline Flynn), Echo Theatre (Her Song and Hurricane Diane), and Lyric Stage (Into the Woods). She is currently sassing it up as Ava in the podcast dramedy Midnight Burger.