Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Livin' on a Wednesday
On Sunday I woke up from a nap with a strange pain that felt like a junior broken rib. Not as sharp of a pain as a broken rib, but the same kind of pain in the same kind of place. It has gotten worse each day this week. I think I may have to go to the doc today - although even if it is a broken rib, they don't do anything for it. Who gets a spontaneous broken rib (other than someone with advanced osteoporosis)? Yesterday I was supposed to do 3 miles, I made it two very painful miles. Oh dear, this cannot happen!
OK, I swear this is the last time I am going to talk about this most challenging sponsee. But we talked yesterday and it put almost everything into perspective. She thanked me for telling her to trust God and pray on Saturday. She said she had a better day after that. And she has been thinking about it. Then she told me something that blew me away. She said, "Thanks for being so patient with me. My first sponsor was an atheist, so I have never heard this stuff before."
I thought about the fact that the big book is pretty clear about trusting an infinite God rather than our finite selves, etc. But if no one guides you in this direction maybe you wouldn't go there?
One of the meetings I have gone to since I got sober has in their meeting format - read at the beginning of every meeting:
"if you hear anything here that cannot be reconciled with the first 164 pages of the big book, we suggest you disregard it."
I think that is pretty good advice, so for today, I will just say:
"Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and to you fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny. May God bless you and keep you - until then." -- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 164