Sunday, September 03, 2006

Sunday Morning

I thought it would give the season symmetry to post a picture of my front porch on Labor Day weekend - as I did on Memorial Day weekend. The plants are not looking as good as they did early in the season, but I still really like my front porch -particularly with an American Flag flying on it. The flag obscures the view of the Blue Star Banner in my window - which denotes a family member (my wonderful son) serving overseas in a war.

The State Convention was wonderful. Last night I ran into Peter (the fellow shadow in my profile picture) and we decided we would go together to visit my sponsor and her husband (his sponsor) in October. I think it would be great fun if we could make the trip.

The Al-Anon and the AA speakers were both wonderful last night. The AA guy got sober in 1964. Holy Cow. Here is this guy, pushing 70 years old, talking about starting a young people's group in Denver back in the 60s. And how they went through the big book, reading the black on the white, and did everything the book told you to, and answered every question the book asked. That is how I was sponsored, and how I sponsor people today. It was so wonderful to hear this man talk about being a sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous. Doing the stuff. Needing to sell his home at 20 years of sobriety to make financial amends and being willing to live in a trailer in order to get right with the world so that he could stay sober. So refreshing to hear about the actual nitty gritty, not bullshit about how he "feels", but about living this program, no matter how difficult it may be. It is not about feeling good, it is about recovery from a fatal disease. Thank You God.

"The spiritual life is not a theory. We have to live it." -- Alcoholics Anonymous, p 83


dAAve said...

Wow! What a message.
I can't imagine that I will ever be there. In the meantime though, I'll keep trying to do the next right thing.

Shannon said...

I would love to sit on your front porch with you and drink coffe...
its soo peaceful

Karen B said...

Hi Mary Christine,
Sorry I missed you there but it was soo crowded. I just got up I had too much coffee there and ended up staying too late. It's Sunday and yesterday was intense. I agree with the speaker, what I got out of that was doing mini-4th steps and 5th stepping to get out of the drama and find my part in it. That's what I should be doing soon. This one was better than the one last year in Peublo. I will get a brand new blog out soon.

Anonymous said...

I can see you perched on your porch embracing the day with serenity..
Thanks for sharing Mary Christine:)
ps.Do you put pumpkins out for Halloween on that picture perfect porch of yours?

Gwen said...



The porch looks beautiful and the convention sounds great.
I see you,

Scott W said...

Some recovery at its finest.