Parable of a Sponsor
An AA member gradually dropped more and more meetings until she stopped going all together. After a few weeks, her Sponsor decided to visit her. It was a chilly evening and the Sponsor found the Sponsee at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire.
Guessing the reason for the Sponsor's visit, the Sponsee welcomed her, led her to a big chair near the fireplace, and waited. Her Sponsor made herself comfortable but said nothing.
In the grave silence, she contemplated the play of the flames around the burning logs. After some minutes, the Sponsor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember, and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone. Then she sat back in her chair, still silent.
The Sponsee watched all this in quiet fascination, the one lone embers flame diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and dead as a doornail.
Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting.
Just before the Sponsor was ready to leave, she picked the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately it began to glow once more with the light and the warmth of the burning coals around it.
As the Sponsor reached the door to leave, the Sponsee said, Thank you so much for your visit, I’ll see you at the meeting in the morning!
(With thanks to SunnyGirl)