Thursday, January 01, 2009

Dawning of a New Year

I was sitting in an AA meeting this morning as the sun rose on a new day in a new year.  I am so very grateful to be sober and clean and happy.  I am so grateful that I am no longer looking for a person, place, or thing to provide my happiness... it comes from God.  Unearned, undeserved.  It is a gift.  And I am so grateful.

Today two of my nephews and their wives and families will come over.  2/3 of my children will be here.  1/2 of my grandchildren will be here.  It will be a glorious day.  There is food everywhere.  I am about to roll up my sleeves and put together two apple pies, and while they are baking, I will go for a quick run.  

This morning in the announcements at the meeting, the chair asked if I am coming to night watch on Saturday - I said yes.  He then asked if I am baking a pie, and I said yes.  That just makes me so happy.

And happy to be sitting with people who were experiencing their first sober New Years morning.  And others who were experiencing their first 6:30 a.m. meeting on New Years Day - which is an experience not to be missed.  I know this is my 25th sober New Years Day.  I am not sure if I have been at an AA meeting every single morning of those New Years Days, but I am sure it has been a high percentage of them.  

Thank you sober blogging people.  I am so grateful to be part of this wonderful fellowship, whether face to face or online.  XXXXXXOOOOOOOOO, MC

"While our literature has preserved the integrity of the AA message, sweeping changes in society as a whole are reflected in new customs and practices within the Fellowship. Taking advantage of technological advances, for example, AA members with computers can participate in meetings online, sharing with fellow alcoholics across the country or around the world.  In any meeting, anywhere, AAs share experience, strength, and hope with each other, in order to stay sober and help other alcoholics.  Modem-to-modem or face-to-face, AAs speak the language of the heart in all its power and simplicity."  -- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. xxiv

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's great to be sober on New Year's Day - Happy New Year, Mary Christine! May it be a great one for all us.

Willa

steveroni said...

Mary, I am blogging today (late), but it will have to be similar to your own. At 6AM meeting this morning, (my favorite, the small one) we witnessed God's presence. The nerwer people shared and it was SO wonderfully orchestrated by Him Who made everything.

"...no longer looking for a person, place, or thing to provide my happiness..." I have learned that (again?) right HERE in this AA community. Thank AA, and God Who made AA available through His servants.

BTW, I am one of the world's top specialists in Apple Pies. No, I don't bake them...I eat them. OK, everyone knew that.

Fishstyx said...

Happy New Year MC! I love my home group but this new age of AA is turning out to be great as well. Bananna Girl turned me on to this whole group of sober bloggers. I started one and now my cousin who is concerned about her professional/priviate life is now blogging with us too. Give her a shout if you have time. pommomma.blogspot.com
God bless the internet!
Fishstyx

Trailboss said...

Happy New Year! Your day sounds wonderful.

Patty said...

Happy New Year MC! I still, at times look for that person place or thing to provide my happiness, then I get turned around, sometimes painfully. I am still learning, and for that I am also grateful. Thanks for being here and in the program.

J-Online said...

Happy 2009 MC. I'm blessed to have found you online and grateful for your writings. Many Blessings for the new year. Jenn

Cat said...

Have a wonderful New Year Mary Christine!

Zanejabbers said...

Happy New Year!

Gabriella Moonlight said...

Happy New Year and thank you so much for all your sharing and sobriety on the blogs!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year!
Great blog site, I really enjoyed your blogs, sobriety id the greatest gift in the world, one day at a time.

-Matt
eSoberFriends.com

Pam said...

You have spoiled that group with your pies!
I'm diggin' 2009 so far.