Sunday, June 03, 2007

Sunday Morning

I hope you all don't mind if I write this in my curlers and underwear. I am waiting for the clothes I wore yesterday to get out of the dryer so I can put them on and go to church. I have other clothes, but I particularly liked the outfit I wore yesterday and would like to wear it again today. We are having an outdoor Mass this morning, so I won't be wearing a skirt or dress as I usually do... since I will be sitting on a blanket.

Yesterday was a day of great joy. I rode my bike to the meeting - which was so wonderful. To be on a bike, on the streets, before 6 a.m., riding to an AA meeting, well, it was just wonderful. At the meeting was a woman who has just gotten out of a 30 day treatment program. About a year ago, she had 8 or 9 years of sobriety, but she had "moved on" in her life and recovery and didn't come to our stinky meetings and hang out with a bunch of derelict alkies... so she became one again herself.

I spent the afternoon with someone really special and we got stuff ready for night watch. Went to the 5:30 meeting last night. It was my friend B.'s first time to speak. It was amazing to watch him and listen to him. He has never told his story before, and I could see the light come on for him - "WOW, I AM a REAL ALCOHOLIC!" I think it is a great idea for people in their first year to speak, it is an eye-opening experience. I am so glad I got to be there for that!

Night watch was so much fun. I laughed until I had a headache. And I ate enough for an army! We got tons of phone calls, but I think they were all just people looking for meetings. We usually get one or two calls in need of a 12 step, I am not sure, but I don't think we did last night.

It is a beautiful summer morning. It seems like the darkness of the last couple of weeks has lifted... at least for this moment... and I will gladly accept that and thank God for it.

"Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely." -- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 58


lushgurl said...

Gotta love when the darkness lifts...Have a wonderful Sunday MC
love and HUGS

Pam said...

whoa...all such good stuff. I can't even imagine being able to ride a bike to an early morning meeting...that sounds so FANTASTIC to me!!!

Shannon said...

you inspire me to try it, to ride my bike in the peacefull ness of the morning.
enjoy mass and the rest of your day.

Scott W said...

but she had "moved on" in her life and recovery and didn't come to our stinky meetings and hang out with a bunch of derelict alkies... so she became one again herself.

That is POWERFUL!!!

Thanks for sharing.

jrhighpeteacher said...

Night Watch sounds awesome! My girls and I are having a brunch next Sunday morning. AA will be 77 years old!!!

MC, I love your quotes. I love how people come back and tell us it still doesn't work out there.

It's something I'm listening to over and over again, reminding myself that taking a drink would NEVER solve any of my problems.

Thanks for sharing!!

lushgurl said...

MC... one second visit deserves another! So I came back to say I can't believe you don't know EVERYTHING about me ie: what time I go to bed, what I ate for supper last night, and if I have any plans for tomorrow! LOL You're a nut gurl! But thanks for the loving wishes...

Clarity said...

I love going to my saturday, 7:30am meeting. Because up until 90 days ago, I never saw the beautiful stillness of early mornings.

AAwoken said...

You brighten my dayseew

Christine said...

so happy you are feeling lighter