Friday, October 17, 2008

Driving Day

I am driving about a hundred miles to a town south of here for a meeting today.  I will spend the day revising policies.  This is not my idea of a good time.  And I won't even have the ability to check on my blog to post and reject comments.  

Somebody wrote to me yesterday about being afraid to go to her first AA meeting.  When she looked online for meetings, she saw all kinds of acronyms and abbreviations she didn't understand.  I wrote back and tried to explain all the kinds of meetings I could imagine - and explained what they might be.  She wrote later and told me she went to her first meeting - she will go to another one today.  I am so happy for her.  I pray that this is her new start in life.  A life without alcohol.  An honest life.  No more feeling that awful ache of loneliness and shame.  

What struck me as I wrote to her is that she could call her local AA number and that there would be a person just like me in her very own neighborhood who would be happy to take her to a meeting.  There are recovering alcoholics in every city and town across the United States (I can't speak for the rest of the world because I haven't been there).  A very important part of our recovery is helping others.   A couple of us blog so we are pretty public.  Most of us are happy to be humbly anonymous.  You don't have to travel far to find us.... we are there in your very own neighborhood.  

I will be one traveling sober alcoholic today.  Let's all stay sober no matter where we are, OK?


Pam said...

Love IT!
I hope only great songs are on the radio for the entire drive.

Scott W said...

That's the stuff we do.

~Tyra~ said...

Hope you have a safe trip!

dAAve said...

Travel carefully.

J-Online said...

I have called my local AA twice. Once was amazing. Once left me in tears.

Amazing call - A woman sat and listened to me for about a half an hour and discussed meetings, the program and really listened. She set me up with some meetings close by.

Bad Call - There was only a man available to talk to (I asked to speak with a woman). He gave me some meetings to go to and I went to one at 8:00 AM the next morning. Well it was a mens meeting. Thank god a nice gentlemen stopped me outside and said "you know this is a mens group." He saved me a lot of humiliation.

When I read about your experience early on I wish it were like that today. It's not. At least that has been my experience.

Lou said...

I'm diggin' it.

Akannie said...


Sober it is.

Travelling mercies and sheer joy for your day.

Trailboss said...

It's a beautiful day for a drive around these parts.

Zanejabbers said...

Thanks for being there for her. You really practice "I am responsible."

Brad said...

I'm glad you posted about this today. My own journey back to the rooms of AA was through the blogs. I really felt like they weren't going to let me back in the rooms, and a blogger friend of mine sent a couple of encouraging emails until I could muster up the guts to just GO!

Thank God for the recovery blogoshpere!


Staying sober no matter where I am?
I'm in!! I'll do it! Great idea!

AlkySeltzer said...

I'll get in under the wire say thank you for being a beacon of light--no, that sounds like so much BS--so
try this:

I SO look forward each day to my readings of the people on these blogs.

I enjoy the What, Who, Why, When, Where, and How, of everyone's activities, even though most of it is none of my business.

Then again, it's what 'sharing' is about, and I guess that's what we do here. And I LOVE it!