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