What a wonderful bloggerific birthday I had yesterday. You sober bloggers are incredibly wonderul! I saved the cards that I got and will treasure them. What a great party!
I went to a meeting at 6:30 a.m., and picked up my 22 year chip. It was a nice meeting. It was quite low-key since a member of that group died last week and the funeral was yesterday at 11:00 a.m. Noel was on everyone's mind. It was a nice AA funeral. We all stood and said the 3rd step prayer, we held hands and said the Lord's Prayer - and laughed after most of us forgot where we were and said "keep coming back, it works!" His oldest daughter thanked everyone in AA for giving her dad the best years of his life. I wish he could have stayed in AA and stayed alive, but we don't all do that.
As I sat in the back of the church, between John and Art, I looked at the backs of the heads of the people I love. A lot of people I love. These are my people. This is where I belong... not necessarily at a funeral... but with these sober alcoholics. I am so grateful for AA and the wild, wacky, wonderful people in it. And I have to tell you that there are some men in AA who break my heart when I see them in a suit. Some guys belong in a suit, but more of the guys I know in AA belong in tee-shirts, shorts, and hiking boots - and when they are wearing a suit, you KNOW it is NOT good news.
I got 24 Hour Fitness to give me a free pass for a week. There is one very close to my house. I have been a member of Bally's for 10 years, but if this free pass works out, I will probably switch to 24 Hour. This morning will be my first work-out there!
Thanks again for all of the positive attention yesterday!
"We have been considering so many problems that it may appear that AA consists mainly of racking dilemmas and troubleshooting. To a certain extent, that is true. We have been talking about problems because we are problem people who have found a way up and out, and who wish to share our knowledge of that way with all who can use it. For it is only by accepting and solving our problems that we can begin to get right with ourselves and with the world about us, and with Him who presides over us all." -- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 125