Friday, October 27, 2006

Icey Friday Morning

When I got to work yesterday, I had an e-mail from my son. He is fine, just really busy. Thank you God.

I just got back from the gym. It was nice to run my 3 miles, but once again, I am sitting here sweating when I should be ready and on my way to work.

Last night at the 5:30 meeting, I was listening to an older woman talk. I have only been attending this meeting for a month or so, so I really don't know everyone. But when she mentioned one of the old sages from my early sobriety, I really listened. Dick S. was a wonderful man who smoked a pipe and had a perpetual twinkle in his eye. He would say things that would cut you to the quick, and you wouldn't even know you had been wounded. One of my favorites was "if you are feeling guilty, maybe it's because you are." I talked to this woman after the meeting and was thrilled to hear that she will celebrate 30 years of sobriety in December. She admired the crazy green socks I am knitting, so she just might find herself the lucky owner of them! (d0n't tell my daughters, both of them want the green socks, but I can always knit more.)

I am so grateful that there is no longer a "smoking" meeting in Colorado - although I have heard that some clubs are ignoring the law. Trudge, you will appreciate this... someone found my blog the other day by searching "Colorado AA clubs exempt from smoking ban." I feel like the whole world of meetings is open to me again, and I have really taken advantage of it. I have met people I would not have otherwise met, and re-ignited some old friendships of people I haven't sat in meetings with for a long time. Right now, with my son in Iraq and my daughter in meth-land, I really feel I need to be sitting in lots and lots of meetings. It does give me relief, it gets me out of myself, and it gives me the opportunity to be of service, and also to let others be of service to me.

I better get ready for work.

"Now there is a sense of belonging, of being wanted and needed and loved. In return for a bottle and a hangover, we have been given the Keys of the Kingdom." Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 276

17 comments:

Tab said...

yikes..frwozen fwiday alweady...
can thomeone pthease help me get my thongue unthtuck fwom the computher monither ?

Great to read you got an email from your son..bet that was one wish.
I enjoy reading how you connect with others in the rooms and fellowship of AA MC.And just to let you know..you are being of "service" to many of us out here just by sharing and being you.
Thank you for that:)

Designer Girl said...

Oh, MC!!! It's wonderful to read that you've heard from your son! I know you can't help but worry when it's been days and days and no word.

I love what you said about the reason we go to meetings:
It does give me relief, it gets me out of myself, and it gives me the opportunity to be of service, and also to let others be of service to me.

That's so simple, yet so profound. I also love the quote you shared today. I just love YOU! You are one cool sober sistah! :)

Al-Anon Lifer said...

Just visiting. Loved your picture of hands. I, too, had three generations in my house this week and it was lovely. They are packing up now to leave and it will be quiet again, but lovely, too...

SCoUt said...

I am happy to hear that you know your son is safe today. I can't even begin to imagine what that must feel like, MC.....
I also loved what you said about meetings and going to lots and lots of meetings...
One last thing--your statement about beating up a clown made me laugh right out loud and very, very hard! Too, too funny!
Peace,
Scout

Scott W said...

I love green socks!

You might try ebay for a second hand copy of photoshop. I got one for cheap!

Sober Chick said...

What ease you are now in from the eMail sent by your son.

Smoking meeting, does that mean they can't smoke inside a meeting? or outside, like during break? Here in California the smoking laws are very strict, I am thankful for that. I am that small % of AA-ers that don't smoke.

Happy Friday MC, hope you have a a serene - stay-warm weekend!

dAAve said...

Those keys sure do unlock a lot of doors.
Have a wonderful (and warm) weekend.

lash505 said...

Great post as usual. No smoking yikes

nomad_under_the_table said...

Hey, I am new to this blog thing (I literally just started this account)and I came across your blog. Is it possible to talk to you about alcoholism or can you only leave comments on here? You see, my mother is an alcoholic (I am 16, have a brother who's 12 and a sister who's 18) and we have grown up with her being an alcoholic just wondering if we could talk about how to help her get sober. Sorry, I know this is random.

NMAMFQLMSH said...

Love you MC.
JJ

Diego said...

I like the quote, is one of my favorites......I felt guilty about 9/11, does that mean I did it?...just my sick delusional mind at work...It likes to accuse me of things I had nothing to do with.....Man, I need a meeting...

Diego said...

glad to hear your son is okay and your dughter is waging a battle too and a losing battle at that....meth is far too powerful when we are powerless...keep the faith..

nomad_under_the_table said...

Thanks, I'll check out the site ;)

recoveryroad said...

I'm so pleased your son is okay. :-) Thank you God, indeed.

Smoking meetings? I'll just stand at the back by the window shall I? Lol.

Have a great day.

:-)

x

Redhead Gal said...

Christine, I am really glad all is well with your son. You are a really neat person,I love reading your blog.

Did you build a snowman out there with all that snow? Bet your granddaughters loved it.

Mary Christine said...

Dammit! I cannot post anything this morning. I wrote something and I have tried repeatedly to post it and it just won't work. I must not be meant to put it out there.

BigSkymAAck said...

I am glad that your son got in touch with you. It is pretty neat about the meetings. We really have been given the keys.
FEAE