Monday, October 30, 2006

Monday Morning

A couple of lonely aspen leaves.

I am on my way out of here to the gym. I kicked back yesterday and didn't run at all. I went to a meeting at 7:30 a.m., it was my friend Fred's 35th AA birthday. I looked back at my blog and realized that I posted about his 34th last year. (It is sad to realize that one of my dear friends I wrote about last year, Eddie, is now in the big meeting in the sky.) Fred is such a cool guy. He wanted to have a sobriety countdown at the end of the meeting and so we did that. In this small room, there were 431 years of sobriety. We just went around the room and each said how many years we had and Terry wrote down the numbers. I added them up with my handy-dandy palm pilot. It was very moving to see each person state their sober time.

My iPod isn't charged this morning, so I am charging it while I post - I intended to post after my run so that I could sit here and sweat and cool down. I really enjoy that.

"If you still think you are strong enough to beat the game alone, that is your affair. But if you really and truly want to quit drinking liquor for good and all, and sincerely feel that you must have some help, we know that we have an answer for you. It never fails, if you go about it with one half the zeal you have been in the habit of showing when you were getting another drink." -- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 181 (Dr. Bob's Nightmare)

8 comments:

dAAve said...

Thanks for that BB quote today. It's just what I need to give to someone I'm dealing with.

I'm still trying to figure out your comment on my post today. It'll come to me; I'm a bit slow.

Scott W said...

That quote also reminds me that if someone does not take to the program of AA, then by no means can I convince them otherwise. It has to be on their own time.

Christine said...

My sponsor gave me a lovely necklace with an aspen leaf when Lonny died. He & I both love(d) nature--

Had an AA speaker on Fri nite anniversary sober since 1972, is 81 and just got married. What a simple program he spoke of--beautiful to listen to---

Shannon said...

reminds me too
hope you had a good day today MC

Tab said...

((Hi MC))

Karen B said...

Sorry,I commented on this post on yesterdays but I love anniversaries. I get touched each time. At the Denver Thurday night meeting I go to they hold an anniversary meeting at the end of each month by allowing anybody celebrating birthdays to speak and their stories and programs are great! Thankyou for your posting and reading MC. You help me a lot with your blogs and spirituality.

Redhead Gal said...

I like the quote...it admits of the possibility that there might be another way besides AA, which is something you don't see very often in the AA blogs or hear at the meetings.

Trudging said...

Yes, I have those people in my life too. We are very blessed.