Sunday, December 13, 2009

Sunday December 13, 2009

St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, LA....

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It's been a long weekend and I didn't post anywhere. It was a time of being on the run or laid up completely. lol

BY the time the chiropractor finished his extensive exam, I was feeling like I'd been beaten. He then sent me to a local hospital for xrays, and they finished the job. He wanted about 20 films and they were twisting me and turning me and it nearly killed me. I came home and was useless for the rest of the night. Hubby (AKA assmaster, lol) took me to a Chinese restraunt so I wouldn't have to cook and then we came home and I went to bed. I pretty much laid around all day Saturday, hoping I'd feel good enough to attend the Christmas party we'd been invited to by my newest sponsee. I was better and so we did go. By the time we were driving home though...I was almost crying. I wore sensible shoes and everything...but I did climb up and down a couple of sets of stairs to look at some artwork done by our host.

I did feel better today. Tomorrow morning at 9:45 I go back to the chiro, films in hand. And hopefully he will be able to do something for me. He did tell me that the knee is bad and needs to be repaired-there's nothing he can do for it. But the hip and pelvic problems are another matter. Hopefully he can get me fixed up, and after the holidays are over (if I can make it that long) I'll get the knee done. I am just looking for a little relief right now, and I'll take whatever I can get.


The dogs are in and about half of the cats (maybe less) are out and refusing to come in. It has been pretty warm the past 2 days. A good thing, but a bit of a shock to the system after all that cold.

Had a good morning meeting on the 6th step. I had an epiphany of sorts about some of the stuff going on in my life...or really, my reactions to that stuff. Something about humility and ego and what "hurt feelings" are really all about. It was quite informative (to me, about me). I am so grateful for the tools in this program that allow us to clean up our side of the street and then let it go. We can only do so much. I felt a sigh of relief go through me.

I'm not sure why I posted the picture of the cathedral...it was incredibly beautiful. We were going to Texas/Mexico in February of 2005 and planned to come back (we still lived in North Carolina at the time) through Louisiana. My sponsor Maureen (who died last year) told us to be sure to stop and see the St Louis Cathedral. She thought it was one of the most beautiful things she'd ever seen. It really was breathtaking. I guess I was thinking about her today...and how much I miss her. She taught me an awful lot about living sober, often whether I wanted the lesson or not. lol She had about 38 years when she died of a brain aneurysm...and she had led a good life, completely immersed in service to Alcoholics Anonymous, and she made no secret of it. I can only hope to be the person and the grateful member of AA that she was. It was she who gave me a copy of a poem, smiling and eyes twinkling, as she said, "I promise you, no good deed goes unpunished." Here's the thing...guess you can call it a poem. An essay, anyway...


Do It Anyway


People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered
Forgive them anyway.


If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.


If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies,
Succeed anyway.


If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you.
Be honest and frank anyway.


What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight.
Build anyway.


If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.


The good you do today, people may forget tomorrow.
Do good anyway.


Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough...
Give the world the best you've got anyway.


In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you
and them anyway.






Namaste.

6 comments:

Andrew said...

Why not 'eh? Just do it anyway, because you can.

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

Good list! I hope the chiro visit brings relief! Praying still for God to get in there and do the work! :)

Prayer Girl said...

I surely hope you find some relief for your hip and pelvis.

Lord how happy I am when I am able to see how ego is all wrapped up in hurt feelings and can humbly ask God to just take that rotten burden from me.

Take care today my friend and I send prayers that your chiropractor can help.

PG

enchantedoak said...

I needed to hear this, especially this morning when I'm hurting over some things certain family members have said about my blog and the truth I tell there. They aren't understanding what recovery does to us, how we are able to tell the truth about our side of the street.
So your message to me this morning is that it IS between me and God anyway. Tell the truth anyway. People you care about may be illogical or uninformed and hurtful, but do the right thing anyway. The cathedral fit perfectly into your message.

Stimpson said...

The poem (I'll call it that, too) points to the best approach in life: Try your best to do good, don't let the negativity of others dissuade you from that.

Happy holidays.

Carol said...

I have a longer version of that at home (I'm still hanging in libraries to blog) supposedly had been hanging in Mother Theresa's room.