Sunday, July 22, 2007

Lethal Disease

My sponsor called last night. We are making plans for her visit next weekend. I am so excited. While we were talking, she told me that our friend Skip died. They don't know yet what the cause of death was, but he had been drinking for about the last year. I just went back and read what I wrote about him last year when I found out he was drinking. It is chilling. God Bless Him. God Bless us all. All the expensive cars, nice houses, young girl/boyfriends, all the trappings of success cannot keep us alive. It is only God and the program of Alcoholics Anonymous.

That said - I had a marvelous day yesterday. Started with a meeting, then a couple hour nap, and my daughter came over after her NA meeting. We went shopping and I cut and colored her hair! That is not my forte, I pay to have mine done, but there was a time I did my own, and I guess I haven't forgotten. It was a wonderful mother/daughter day. And when mother and daughter are both clean and sober, there is a very special bond. Incredible. I am so grateful.

What a precious gift sobriety is. All it takes is a little bit of care and feeding, and in return we are granted a life beyond our wildest dreams. And all it takes is a bit of arrogance and defiance and we can lose it and our lives in a twinkling. My wish for myself and for all of us sober alcoholics is that we can keep our gratitude and humble awe at what God has wrought in our lives.

"The alcoholic at certain times has no effective mental defense against the first drink. Except in a few rare cases, neither he nor any other human being can provide such a defense. His defense must come from a Higher Power." -- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 43

9 comments:

Pam said...

"All it takes is a little bit of care and feeding, and in return we are granted a life beyond our wildest dreams". Ain't it the truth darlin'?????
and...mother/daughter time rocks!

dAAve said...

The things you write about today are the reasons I hope to always attend AA meetings. Reminders.

Thanks for signing my guestbook.

Scott said...

a precious gift indeed... sad deal about Skip...

Shannon said...

Ia m so sorry to read about Skip. This disease is scary. I am so grateful for this program, and for you sharing this MC.

PS I am also happy to read about your daughter and you having a mom and me day. And that she is still doing great.
Take care and have a good Sunday

Oh I will find the results on Wednesday thanks for asking

sw07 said...

With beautiful drunks like you to walk with, the journey is a pleasure.

For some reason Blogger is insisting on signing me in as SW07. grrrrrrrrr

Scott W said...

Now, on IE, it lets me be Scott W. Dang.

Trudging said...

Wow, I am so sad that you really were talking to a dead man. I am so sorry. It is hard to lose friends to this fucking diease!

Pam said...

WOULD YOU HURRY UP AND POST SO I CAN SING HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Christine said...

wow, yeah how precious to have that time to spend with your daughter---how intimate for her to let you do her hair--

I'm so sorry the disease took another one