Monday, August 21, 2006

Monday Morning

I talked to my friend Sean for a long time last night. His Mom died yesterday. We were able to talk about how grateful we both were for being sober and being able to "be there" for our parents as they were dying. Once again, I am so grateful for the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous, and for my friends like Sean.

I have often (but probably not recently) said that if all I got out of my sobriety was being able to be with my dad in his last months, it would all have been worth it. Of course, I have gotten a lot more than that, but I still stand by that comment. To be able to be a functioning part of a family, to be someone people can count on, that is a gift from God.

I just got back from the gym. I managed to run 3 miles again this morning. It is good to be able to do that. If I can stop sweating now, I can get showered and ready for work.

"Your job now is to be at the place where you may be of maximum helpfulness to others, so never hesitate to go anywhere if you can be helpful. You should not hesitate to visit the most sordid spot on earth on such an errand. Keep on thee firing line of life with these motives and God will keep you unharmed." -- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 102

7 comments:

dAAve said...

Try going to work dripping with sweat.
Maybe they'll give you a free 1/2 day off.

Tab said...

There are many gifts sobriety offers us humans ..non compare to the gift of sincerity and being able to be there for others.Nothing.
I was there too for my Mother.
Nice post MC :)
Thanks for sharing ~

Alcoholic Synonymous said...

My name is Sean.
My friend Mary helped me through the hardest time of my life, my Mother's death.
My Mother died a long, slow, painful death and many good people tried to help me, people like Doctors, nurses and therapists.
But the people who always had the answers to the questions I had were alcoholics like Mary.
I spoke to her on Saturday and told her how painful it was to watch my Mother suffer. I told her that she had come close to death so many times, but could not let go.
Mary shared her experience, strength and hope with me and the next morning my Mother passed away at 6am.
I feel that my conversation with Mary caused a shift.
I'm grateful for people like Mary and for AA.
I've just started a blog called AlcoholicSynonymous and hope to report my experience, strength and hope.

Thanks bye,

Sean H.

Shannon said...

right on sean I am glad you came by and shared... my prayers are with you and your loved ones

Diego said...

thanx for the post......

lash505 said...

That is what life is all about.

Gwen said...

Thanks MC,

Last nite I prayed for God to give me the strength to be there for my Grandma. She has no idea who I am anymore and it is like getting my heart ripped out of my chest every time I see her. We were close. I believe I just read what I needed to get the strength to go see her today. I will put the bikes on the rack and take Reid. There is a great park with lots of trail about 5mins from her assisted living residence.

Thanks again,
G~