Saturday, June 04, 2011

Off to a Race

I'm off to do a half-marathon this morning. A little bit terrified as always. It's supposed to be hot today and the race doesn't start until 8 a.m. In God's hands....

By the Grace of God, one fine day in July 1984, I had a desire to stop drinking. I came to AA and threw myself on your mercy. I was and am eternally grateful for your help. I listened with the ears of the dying, and did what you told me to do. I didn't argue or look for another way - I had already been down all those blind alleys.

And now, I get to live a peaceful life. Not that everything is perfect. Nor is everyone in my life perfect. But I was taught that I cannot live in resentment and hatred. So, I had to let go of those things, in order to stay sober. Not so I could feel superior to anyone. But to LIVE.

"Half measures availed us nothing. " Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 59

5 comments:

Grace-WorkinProgress said...

By the time you read this you will have accomplished something that many people just dream about.

Since you did quit drinking I imagine that a 1/2 marathon should be a piece of cake. Good luck.

Patty said...

Hi Mary! I just ran/walked my very first 5K! 51:04. I am so proud and hooked on running now! Yes, by the Grace of God! I love my peaceful life too.

Syd said...

I know that you did well. Just doing the race is good. It is hot here too.

Steve E said...

Big Book says it all--Grace of God.
"...read this book." Then sponsor says Let's DO it!

Hope you had a blisterless FUN run

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

Woo hoo! TO LIVE!