Sunday, March 29, 2009

Diamond Earrings

While I was out yesterday shopping for a couple of sweaters that were on sale, a friend from work called.  She asked me if I had bought myself the earrings I wanted.  She had asked me on Friday if I was going to buy myself a gift to celebrate the recent successful event at work.  I told her I probably wouldn't... but there was a pair of earrings I really wanted... and I started thinking about that.

So, I drove to the jewelry store and bought myself a pair of diamond earrings.  They are modest diamond earrings, but they are pretty and I really like them.  This is a very extravagant purchase for me.  It is hard for me to do this.  

Yesterday afternoon (before my shopping extravaganza), I went to confession.  Although I didn't particularly ENJOY standing in line for an hour, it made me so happy to think of all the lines on a Saturday afternoon, all over the world.  People waiting to go to confession.  And the incredible blessing this is.  I had time to ponder my current circumstance in life (I typo'd "circumstances sin life" Yikes).  Imagine a whole hour, without a phone, text messages, facebook, blogs, e-mails, television, radio, or any of the other distractions.  An entire quiet hour, contemplating my shortcomings.  I have to say the man in front of me was still using his blackberry, and if my spying eyes were correct, he was facebooking.  

I am now getting ready to go to mass with the woman who is about to be confirmed and has asked me to be her sponsor.  It is such a wonderful thing to accompany her on this journey.  It has been very enlightening for me.  I have never "sponsored" anyone outside of AA.  This is not substantially different, except I am pretty sure this "sponsorship" relationship is temporary.   I am also pretty sure we will be friends for a long time after this, because we have both commented on how close we have become.

Isn't that wonderful?

I think it will be a great day to stay sober, hope you all will join me.


11 comments:

steveroni said...

Mary: "It is hard for me to do this." (Buy myself diamonds..yeah, right -grin!)

Also, I found that a sponsorship relationship in RCIA sometimes can last and last and last...as yours might. It's wonderful to be doing something "in love and service", no matter what the venue--you might agree.

Yep, another sober day, and some peace again...(sigh!)

steveroni said...

Yes, confession---OMG yes, how I recall my first one after lots of years away.

And how I recall my first (and best) STEP FIVE. What a burden--gone!
Thanks!

(Sorry for the double-dip -grin!)

Scott W said...

I guess as compensation for the long wait the priest said you had already served your penance? Unexpected quiet time is wonderful if you can really accept it--instead of letting the mind have its say.

Happy Sunday!

Hope said...

Sparkly earrings, sparkly soul. What a nice combination!

Trailboss said...

I'm glad you bought the earrings. You deserve them. I bet they look beautiful on you. I think everyone should buy themselves a present once in a while. Which reminds me, I haven't bought myself one in a long time. Ummmm, I'll have to think about what I want!

dAAve said...

I'm with you all the way.

Pam said...

I like me some sparkle too.
Enjoy the day Maryole'

Findon said...

Diamond earrings how beautiful. Sounds like you have a nice life. I like reading about it.

Blind Faith said...

I'm so glad that you treated yourself! This one made this recovering addict grin, really big.

Syd said...

I'm sure that those diamond earrings will look great. I once knew a thoroughbred named Diamond Earrings. I wondered how she came to have that name. I'm sure that it was a great story.

Ed G. said...

I'm sure the earrings look much better on you than any thoroughbred...

...oh, yeah...

I also hope you reminded the priest that your penance should be lessened for the time you spent in line...

(...like this Baptist, non-christian would know anything about confession ;-))

I'm glad you have nice things and nice moments in your life... I wish you many more...