Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Two things I said I will 'never' do...

I just did. At the same time. I ran in the dark and with my iPod. I ran three miles before it was even light outside. Frankly it was scary from time to time (but not as scary as the 6:30 meeting yesterday morning.) I am so grateful that I am able to run, and I love running in this weather. It is 37 degrees and cloudy. That is great running weather.

My son called last night. Phew! He sounded good. He had just gotten off work and was even able to watch part of Monday Night Football. Even though it was Tuesday morning there. And what a great game, no?

Yesterday I went to a 5:30 p.m. meeting and it was one of the most amazing meetings I have ever been to (and I have been to a lot!) A woman shared - her father just died unexpectedly that morning. A lot of people shared their experience, strength, and hope about living sober through all the events life has in store for us. The most amazing thing was to listen to my friend J., who is now in his 70s and on oxygen. I have known him since he was in his 50s and smoked like a chimney (but that's another story). He cried, tears of gratitude, when he talked about how he was able to be there for his mother as she was dying - because he was sober. And that is when the waterworks started again for me. Some of the stories shared by the older members were just so incredible. Sobriety is not just for us - it has such a profound impact on our families.

"We have entered the world of the Spirit. Our next function is to grow in understanding and effectiveness. This is not an overnight matter. It should continue for our lifetime." -- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 84

12 comments:

Lex-Sunshine said...

Running makes me feel great, but do be careful running in the dark with your iPod! Glad you heard from your son : ) and sounds like an awesome meeting. Good to read you again. : )

Designer Girl said...

Oh, I'm SOOOOO glad your son called!!!

Experience, strength, and hope — that says it all, doesn't it?!

Sobriety is not just for us - it has such a profound impact on our families. — Amen.

Trudging said...

I am so glad that you heard from your boy.

Sober Chick said...

What a turn of events from one day to the next. Your son calling, a meeting that touched every part of your soul, hearing a message of experience, strenght and hope . . . you sound so much lighter today.

:)

Gwen said...

I am really glad you got to talk to your son AND HE got to watch some FB. Good for him! I love being in a meeting when things like that happen. LOVE love love it.

God Bless and have a vondaful day dahling~

Tab said...

Thank you for including this line in your post MC...
Sobriety is not just for us - it has such a profound impact on our families.
It is so important to rememeber the family disease and its dynamics.That way everyone can learn to let go and move one...
TOuching post today...do you wear refelctive gear when you jog in the dark young lady? lol
Always a pleasure to read that you have been in touch with your son:)
Thanks for sharing~

Carly said...

"Sobriety is not just for us - it has such a profound impact on our families."

That line stopped my heart. So true! I'm glad your son called and is OK.

NMAMFQLMSH said...

I'm glad you got to talk to your son!
Running in the dark with music...sounds kind of good to me.
I see you,
JJ

Shannon said...

MC I never would of known good running weather is 37 degrees.. I can understand why as when I run I get over heated :)

and "grow in understanding and effectiveness" that is right where I am in dealing with difficult people.. reminding myself, that 1. they are sick like me 2. I am growing in understanding (which is hard for this alky when someone is difficult) and effectiveness...
thanks for sharing that...

Also thanks for sharing your expirence with the meeting for you... :)

soberfreak said...

Last month, my best friend, died. I immediatley went to a meeting. Being sober and strongly connected to my higher power helped me get through this difficult time. A few weeks ago, I realized that one of the Promises had come true for me. I instinctively know how to handle situations that used to baffle me.

By the way, excellent blog!

Diego said...

MC,when you're running, do you hide behind the bushes when you see oncoming headlights?....just thought I ask....Great that you went to the 5.30.....

Alcoholic Brain said...

Beautiful post. Glad your son called too.