Monday, July 16, 2007

A New Week

I need to get ready to get out of here pronto! I am going to the 6:30 meeting this morning because I won't be getting to the 5:30 meeting tonight - because I have scheduled a regular time to meet with a sponsee on Monday nights.

Yesterday my buddy Larry called me at about 11:00 and asked me to come over and visit him. God bless him, he has a bunch of health problems and has been told not to leave the house if it is over 72 degrees outside. In other words, he is holed up in his apartment and is rarely getting out. I went over and we visited for a couple of hours, ate some pineapple and strawberries, and drank the most delicious cream soda I have ever had!

In Pam's gratitude list this morning she used this phrase "My 'program' posse of women and men." I absolutely love that! I love the people in Alcoholics Anonymous. Most of them are definitely an acquired taste. But once you love them, it is incredibly wonderful.

And here I will tell on myself: There is a new woman at one of my meetings. She is maybe 30 years old. Very attractive. Dresses very provocatively. Always has a "herd" with her, her boyfriend, her mother, etc. She comes into the meeting talking on her cell phone and stays on the phone until the meeting starts. I turned to the man sitting next to me before the meeting on Friday, looked at her and whispered "our very own Paris Hilton." He was surprised at my bitchiness. But then, she saw me, came running over and just gushed about what I had said the night before and how true it was and how it helped her so much! Well, in that moment, self-centered person that I am, I changed my mind about her. I truly hope she stays sober and I am sure that if she does, she will learn to come to meetings alone and turn off the phone and talk to US before and after the meetings. Hopefully, she will put some clothes on too!

"I try hard to hold fast to the truth that a full and thankful heart cannot entertain great conceits. When brimming with gratitude, one's heartbeat must surely result in outgoing love, the finest emotion that we can ever know." -- As Bill Sees It, p. 37


Pam said...

Well, I love it when you have a little bitchiness bleed makes you human, and it makes our goal of progress not perfection more attainable. Plus I'm glad you are not afraid to show imperfection!!!
Sweetie PIE.

Scott W said...

Uh huh, I have to occasionally adjust my thinking--like DAILY! Most of us do find the humility we need to stay sober and continue to come back. I have yet found a reason to now wear clothes to an AA meeting, though.

dAAve said...

Have a GREAT week!

Banana Girl said...

You are a phenomenal woman of strength for having the b---s(what IS the female counterpart to that?) to write exactly what you were thinking. Thank you. I too have witnessed the Paris factor in the rooms and unfortunately most of them don't stay long. Prayers for Paris. Thanks for helping me adjust my thinking today.

sober jen said...

Some of our rooms are major social scenes...although no Paris sightings yet. But there is one meeting in particular where I feel very much like an outsider. I have decided not to go anymore.

Shannon said...

my old friend Sandy used to say, when we get here, we are not all house broken, meaning, sometimes the woman come in dressing provactivly, and people dont know simple courtesses and what is disruptive and what is not... LOL MC - I can not spell still. but I know you love me... the point is.. I am glad you changed your mind about her... and I can understand your irritation and bitchiness about that situation... and thank you for reminding me to be more tolerant of others.
; }
ps I try to come and see you everyday, because what you share here, always, always helps me so much
hope your monday is going great thank you for being you

Christine said...

direct, firm, caring and little bit of bitchy sounds like a winning combination to me

Gwen said...

I have those who I have to pray for at meetings and the bitch in me is still there. The sponse always says we are not judged by our thoughts so I keep prayin hard not to act.

Have a fabu week~

Luv and hugs~


Clarity said...

I hope your "Paris" gets the program and keeps coming back.

Scott said...

lol ya crack me up MC... tuff liek that gets to me too but it turns out annoying peeps are people too huh? been there done that!