Wednesday, September 16, 2009

After a swim

I got to the gym and was in the pool by 6:15 this morning and swam a half mile. It was awesome. But if I want to get to work before 9 a.m., which is advisable when there are lay offs going on, I better start blogging at night. I will start tonight. I think I will write some bullets here - hoping to be quick, but I never am...

  • I started a medication for the prevention of migraines last Tuesday and now have been seven full days without a migraine which is a miracle and I am certain responsible for this sudden ability to get up and work out in the morning.
  • I am meeting with a sponsee tonight and looking forward to it.
  • I am trying to decide whether to cough up $300. + for my daughter and I to go to an AA event in the mountains next month - it would be half as much without her, but I wouldn't consider going without her.
  • One of my friends will be celebrating his 40th AA birthday there.
  • My sponsor and her husband will be going and we would likely be able to share a cabin - with a few others as well.
  • The room where HR was giving out the "layoff letters" was two doors down from my office yesterday... I felt like I was working on The Green Mile. Death Row. Dead Man Walking. It was AWFUL.
  • When you work somewhere for over 15 years and you are living by spiritual principles and aren't an a**hole most of the time, the people you work with are like family. Watching them get their marching papers is not fun. It is hard.
  • It really irritates me when people refer to alcoholism as "addiction"
  • It really irritates me when people talk about recovery from alcoholism as if it were something that Dr. Phil wrote about.
  • It is not a Self-Help Program.
  • It is a God Help Program.
  • May you find Him now!


dAAve said...

I bet Dr Phil is as much an expert on alcoholism as I am an expert on certain female body parts.

Syd said...

It has to be hard to be one of those people getting a "pink" slip. And to be nearby that is like being a witness to an execution of sorts.
I like the idea that the program of Al-Anon is a we program--me and God together.

Scott W said...

I think bullet points work well for you!

It is great to hear you have been on that medication and have been migraine-free.

Ed G. said...

The hardest part for me of my tour in corporate culture was giving out the layoff notices - was actually much easier when I got mine than when I had to fire others.

I'm glad you seem to have found some medical relief.

I've found retreats and conferences a key part of my time in the program - I hope that works out for you.

Blessings and aloha...

Pam said...

I hear ya sista.
Alcoholism is not an addiction.
God could,would,has,does,will if he is sought.

wendy said...

I'd like to write something worthwhile, but I don't have much apparently.

I just wanted to stop by to say hi and thank you for being a part of my sobriety. Tomorrow is my two year anniversary. Some of your posts over the past two years (and even prior) have touched me in ways I'll probably never be able to express in words.

This life is so much different and so much better than I ever expected. It took me a long time (about 18 months sober in fact) to understand the gift of grace I have been granted.

Hope you had a good day.

Dharma Kelleher said...

I understand that some people's experience with alcoholism doesn't match their definition of addiction. If that's what makes sense to you, go with it.

For me, my experience with alcoholism matches my definition of addiction. It's just what makes sense to me.

Just as we have different understandings of and names for God, we can have different understandings and names for our destructive experiences with alcohol.

Live and let live.

Sending light and love for your challenges at work. I'm glad your migraine medication is working. I too have struggled with migraines. Not fun.

Scott W said...

Congratulations, Wendy!

Carol said...

I forget that people don't get alcoholism unless they do get it. Someone that I follow left a comment proving it the other day. I published it, people can say the things that they want. We all know different things about different things, it's probably helped the human race survive.

As in, I couldn't find a bullet point if I saw it pointing at me.