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