Thursday, September 13, 2007

I'm in love...

With my new lawn mower. This thing rocks. It is quiet, it is energy efficient (using only my arm, leg, and back power), it is supposed to actually be good for the grass. And I can use it when I want to. I won't wake anyone up using this thing!

A man I deeply respected in AA used to say that you could do an instant test of how well you were really doing in AA by looking at how well you "blend" in the world with the rest of the people. Whenever I am standing outside on my lawn, talking to my neighbors, I marvel at what a miracle it is to just be standing there, a neighbor among neighbors. By the Grace of God I get to "blend" most of the time today.

"We have not once sought to be one in a family, to be a friend among friends, to be a worker among workers, to be a useful member of society. Always we tried to struggle to the top of the heap, or to hide underneath it. This self-centered behavior blocked a partnership relation with any one of those about us. Of true brotherhood we had small comprehension." -- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 53

13 comments:

Pam said...

MC...I'm a little worried about your toes being exposed. Aren't there blades on that thing? However....the shoes are darling.
That's a cool tool.

dAAve said...

I don't blend well. There's a goal for today, eh?

Scott W said...

I have never seen such a bright and shiny lawn mower. I have, however, seen those shoes before.

lisa said...

Such lovely shoes, and painted toes to boot, so to say.

lisa

Gwen said...

Cool, we just had our yearly block party. What a gift to be a part of. To blend without the alcohol.

Happy Thursday MC,

Gwen~

Trudging said...

Wow, that is really powerful what your friend said. A.A. has allowed me to blend with the rest of the world. Well most of the time.

Kathy Lynne said...

Wow! Amazing! Just posted about being in love with my new sober life and it is all about true brotherhood and service.

Bouncing off the Bottom said...

lovely toes. my kids have one of those things which they love. And yes!!!! to the wonder of being a regular person among other regular people. I loved your second paragraph.

LAS said...

I once used one of those mowers - I was sore for a week. Am I out of shape? I'm embarassed to say that I never mowed a lawn again!

Christine said...

going green and lean at the same time---very cool!

Mary L A said...

That perfect little foot does not care about blending in with the crowd. It is in a class of its own. Vain little red tootsies too!

Shannon said...

NO PHI in my pic, I thought about that... Hope you are well have fun mowing your lawn

sober Chick said...

MC how I adore your tosies! Soon the grass will fall ill to snow. Are you excited? I am, but I am ignorant to the actual seasons . . . in So CAL we live a fake winter somewhat. Going to Chicago in a few weeks . . . I am hoping to see some REAL fall.

Muah!