It is a beautiful autumn morning. To be followed by a beautiful autumn day. It is supposed to get into the mid 70's this afternoon, which is a bit too warm for me. But the leaves are in their glory and this place is just gorgeous! (the photo is from my run last Sunday - it was raining and overcast - today should be sunny.)
Today I am going to a one day retreat on contemplative prayer. The keynote speaker is a man whose work I have followed and admired for a very long time. I am quite excited about getting to see him in person and I hope to learn a lot.
I took a mini-tour of some blogs this morning. I don't believe I left one comment on any of them! I am struck by the difference between people who have decided they are not going to drink anymore, dammit! And those who have reached a bottom and have humbly asked for help. Maybe it is a question of approaches, maybe a question of bottoms, maybe a question of personal temperament. I think until you reach that bottom and humbly admit that you are unable to conquer alcohol, you have little chance of recovery. Self-will is not the answer - if it was, we would have quit drinking on our own years before we caused the destruction we did.
Thanks to the grace of a loving God, I was led to the welcoming arms of the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous - and there you gently took me and put me back together. Thank you!