Monday, February 12, 2007

Monday Morning

It's a warm Monday Morning and I am looking forward to getting out for a quick 3 mile run before work. That 13.1 mile run on Saturday really wiped me out for the weekend. I was grateful that I had nothing planned, so I really just kicked back, which was nice.

Yesterday I was out on my front lawn redistributing snow - so it would melt faster - and a neighbor came over and started talking to me about my church. She has decided to go back to church and wanted to talk to me about it, which was nice. She told me she had not been confirmed as a child and wants to be confirmed. Then, she really shocked me, and asked me if I would be her sponsor for confirmation! What a wonderful honor, I am thrilled. And somewhat encouraged - my behavior around the neighborhood must be OK, which is very important to me.

It is important to me because I feel that as a sober person, I have a responsibility to be a good neighbor, a good worker, and good driver, and generally a good person of my community. We have probably all heard at meetings "we may be the only big book another person ever sees," and I have had experiences where I have been identified as an AA member without even realizing it at the time. As a person who has attended AA meetings all over this city, nearly every day, for over 22 years, I have been seen at lots of meetings, and I am not likely to remember every person who has ever seen me at a meeting. It is important that I not act like a jackass (which comes so naturally to me) and instead realize that I may be acting as an Ambassador of AA. And what an honor that is!

"In AA, and in many religious approaches, alcoholics find a great deal more of what they merely glimpsed and felt while trying to grope their way toward God in alcohol." -- As Bill Sees It, p. 323

13 comments:

dAAve said...

Thanks for the reminder. It's so damn easy to forget.

NMAMFQLMSH said...

Great post. redistributing snow..I've done that before.
JJ

Shannon said...

I could never picture you as a Jack Ass...
good point

Christine said...

look at the attraction in your life now
awesome!

Noor Azman Othman GBE said...

Hey MC, wanna me give a hand redistributing snow? It must be very exciting.

Psst! (Whispering) What do I have to do to be added on your link? Don't tell me redistributing snow!

BigSkymAAck said...

That is nice that your neighbor came to you like that. You go girl
FAEA

Lounge Daddy said...

Holy cow, MC! What a great surprise – and a blessing for you. :) A terrific honor indeed.
Congrats

Sober Chick said...

Congrats on your 600 (601 now) post. I am cracking up at your snowman post, and what Mr Sunshine may have done.

Because you are sober you have a life that also affects others in a very colorful way. How exciting is that? Very.

What is confirmation? Is is similar to being baptized?

Trudging said...

Wow, 600 post and a confirmation sponsor. Now that is a good day.

Pam said...

OK one..do not understand the "redistributing of snow" thing. Two...wow, to be an example of "good living" is so cool. It's like you've worked hard enough to finally be a "square", and that's a fantastic feeling.

Redhead Gal said...

It must have been a nice feeling...

lash505 said...

Wow that is awesome congrads..

Scott said...

I agree also MC, that it's important to our recovery that we become responsible within our community. That's just awesome that your friend asked you to sponsor her for confirmation, really awesome. I think that says a lot about you as a person, and especially as a sober member of AA.