Friday, January 02, 2009

Off and Running

I am speaking at a meeting about 20 miles from here - at 6:45 a.m.  So I need to kick it into gear and get out of here.  

We had such a beautiful day yesterday.  It is such a joy to see my son sitting with my nephews and talking.  It is such a joy to watch my daughter laugh with my nephews' wives.  It is such a joy to watch my granddaughter play with her new "friends" - those being second cousins.  I love it when I can step aside and just watch so many people I love - right in my own house!  What a great way to start a year.  

So now I will go get ready to speak at a meeting.  I have said "no" every time asked for the last almost 2 years.  Never used to say "no," but I felt it was time.  

There is a wonderful thing in AA called the Principal of Rotation.  We are not supposed to keep doing the same thing year after year in AA.  We are supposed to change and grow.  And as we move through our roles, we open these roles for others to fill, thereby allowing them to grow and change.  We trust God that he will put the right people in the right places.  And if we ever say, as we are all tempted to, "I HAVE to keep doing this, there is no one else to do it!" we are operating in self-will and not allowing someone else to step up and do it.  

OK, that's it.  I am going to take a bath!

Have a great second day of a new and beautiful year.  

"When we look back, we realize that the things which came to us when we put ourselves in God's hands were better than anything we could have planned."  -- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 100


dAAve said...

I fight that rotation battle about the Lambda Board. I WANT to stop being on it, but not enough people are willing to step up. We end up having open spots for an entire year. We have another election next week and I don't plan on running for any position.
Anyway, yesterday sounds like a great way to start your year.

Pam said...

I am on my 2nd round of rotation. 17 years sober and being a GSR again. Not one person would step up and take the position. The last GSR had it for 4 YEARS and just had to have a break so I took it. However, now I have a sponsee willing (thru much work on my part) to take it in February. yahoo.
Happy 2nd day of the year Mary darlin'!!!!
PS: I was barefoot all day yesterday.

Trailboss said...

Enjoy your day MC.

Scott W said...

Did Pam say she was barefoot and pregnant?

I would love to hear you speak at a meeting.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your message today Mary, I wish I was attending that meeting you are speaking at today.

Syd said...

Wish that I were there to hear you speak. I'm sure that it's going to be awesome.

steveroni said...

Principle of Rotation.

"Put your whole self in,
put your whole self out.
Do the hokey Pokey and ya
turn yourself around...
that's what it's all a-bout!"

Kathy Lynne said...

It is a joy to watch our families..glad you are speaking, I 'm sure it will be great. I too have to battle the "have to's". That's one reason I felt content to skip my meeting tonight.