Friday, May 8, 2009

Friday is Fabulous!

While the rest of us fight our way upstream....


It's been a lovely rainy Friday here on the Prairie. The power was off a couple of times this morning and I finished the Lawrence Block book I was reading, since I had to turn the power off to the computer. It's amazing how much reading I get done when my computer is either down or the power is off. lol

Block writes mystery thrillers about a main character Matt Scudder who is a recovering alcoholic. So the book is peppered with AA meetings and slogans and different things alluding to 12th step life. It's really pretty cool, and he is a great writer. I've been reading him for about 15 years.

I found some leftover turkey soup with homemade egg noodles in it in the freezer, and we had soup and peanut butter sandwiches for lunch. Rainy days are always good for soup, even if the temps are in the low 70's while it rains. Then we got cleaned up and went out to go to a meeting at a treatment center about 45 minutes away, but when we went to pick up the girl that wanted to go, she didn't have a babysitter, so we'll just go next week. Instead, himself and I went to a local park and walked for awhile, and then went to a meeting there in town. It was a lovely day all 'round.

I came away from the meeting tonight grateful one again to not be a newcomer. Listening to people talk about what it's like in the early days brings back memories that are becoming faint. I remember thinking "I NEVER want to go through that again!!!" Hearing some of the sharing tonight had me thinking that again...that not going throuigh that again is a great reason to not take a drink, even if I couldn't think of anything else.

Here's the list of things I have to be grateful for tonight, on a Friday in early spring:

* The hamster wheel has been put out of commision.
*I don't live in fear of getting drunk today.
*I don't have to look over my shoulder anymore.
*I feel REALLY good.
*I am no longer restless, irritable and discontent.
*I can make promises and keep them.
*I'm not afraid to walk into any AA meeting, anywhere.
*Most all the people around me are trustworthy.
*I am trustworthy.
*Life is good.
*I have gratitude and blessings in my life today...and I KNOW it.

Time for me to lay this head down on a nice pillow, on my nice bed, and get some rest.

The Sandman beckons....



Prayer Girl said...

I am always looking for new writers. I will look up Block and try one of his books. Sounds like I would like it.

I'm currently reading "The Associate" by Grisham. It's good and fast-paced as I like.

I love your gratitude list.

For me, I would rather shoot myself than go back to the beginning of my sobriety. Guess that's why I stay as grounded and involved with AA and Al-Anon as I can. AND I'm loving it.

Prayer Girl

Steve E. said...

Picture and caption: GREAT!

Soup and sandwich: GREAT!

"Coming back" to AA: OUCH! Like you, I NEVAH wish to be in that place again EVAH!