This morning my sponsor, her husband, and I loaded into their car and drove down to the 6:30 meeting. It was glorious to be there. I haven't been there since I joined my running club - which meets on Saturday mornings. It happened to be someone's 10 year birthday - I got to reflect on his ten years. How much he has changed. How much he has meant to me. How much my life has changed in those ten years... I had just gotten my bachelor's degree in 2000 when he got sober - I was sober 15 years. It seems like yesterday - and also like light years away. I was so grateful to be there for his birthday. And I was so grateful to be seated between my sponsor and her husband. Two people who mean the world to me.
We got to go out for breakfast with a bunch of people. Again, it was just glorious.
To sit with these people who are so much a part of my life - it is priceless.
When I was sober about 6 years, I moved northern Washington and met a bunch of AA folks - the likes of whom I had never known. They had fellowship that I didn't know was possible. After I was around for a year or so, I realized something that was absolutely earth shattering to me. They didn't just happen to fall together - all these super cool neat kind wonderful people. They came together as a bunch of drunks - as difficult as drunks can be, and then because they spent the time together, loving one another, sponsoring each other, and sincerely working the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, practicing the principles in their affairs, they grew into the kind of people you would actually WANT to hang out with. It was a revelation to me. When I moved back to Colorado I took this revelation with me.
So, all the people I got to sit with this morning and be astounded by my love for them? If you heard all the back stories, you might be amazed that we could all sit at the same table. We don't have all peaceful lovey-dovey stories. But because we have God in our lives, and the program of Alcoholics Anonymous, we have peaceful relationships today - that truly are full of love.
It is a wonderful thing.
The sun is shining on me today. Literally and metaphorically.
Thank you God.