IF THE ONLY PRAYER YOU SAID IN YOUR LIFE WAS "THANK YOU", THAT WOULD SUFFICE. ~Meister Eckhart

Thursday, August 27, 2009

08.27.09

Habit is habit. And not to be flung out the window by man, but coaxed downstairs, a step at a time. ~Mark Twain
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Today I am grateful...
  • for the Cleaning House meeting I attended last night. 43 people crowded into a little church ante room, sofas and folding chairs. Two birthdays were celebrated. Although it was overly warm in there, the joy of those attending was evident. It was one of those meetings where everyone knows everyone and feels like home. I used to attend this meeting in early sobriety. It's been five and a half years since I have been there.
  • for the call I got on the way to that meeting from someone that seemed to want some help. I offered him the chance to ask, asked if he was okay, he said they would call later. He showed up at the meeting but disappeared as soon as it was over, but he called close to midnight and I was able to just listen without worrying about getting to bed because it was late. The gift of time, sometimes, is all people want or need.
  • that since work is slow this month I have had the privilege to enjoy lots of free time
  • that KAS celebrated her eighteen months yesterday!!!

[I]f we continue in the program and make sobriety our highest priority. We will realize too that the self we find in sobriety is the real self ... a person who was there all along but was crowded out and suppressed by the demands of our sick nature. This real self is what we were created to be, and sobriety brought its discovery. ~Walk in Dry Places

10 comments:

Tall Kay said...

People seem to like the real me better than any of the other me's I tried to be. Really liked the Twain quote. Thanks for sharing your gratitude...it's contagious!

Syd said...

I wish that I could stay up as late as I wanted. It seems with having to get up at 6 AM every morning and get to work, there aren't enough hours to do all that I want to do.

dAAve said...

Congrats on being a new GrandAunt this morning!!

Lou said...

Interesting thought about the gift of time. I wonder if soon it will be a real gift you give someone. Like saying "I will give you my undivided attention for 1 hour this week..."

Ginnie said...

Your Cleaning House meeting sounds like my Home Group. It's not too large and we all look out for each other. It's also Pam's sister-in-law's Home Group !! (You might remember that I sponsor her and she is a delight.)

Little M said...

I used to blog a few years back as Sad Jane and I'm glad to see that the Attitude of Gratitude is still active :)

Scott W said...

Little M, tried to leave you a comment but it won't let me.

Zanejabbers said...

Glad you were there when that person reached out.

Mary Christine said...

Sounds good.

dailypiglet said...

"the gift of time" is so very true, it's sometimes just enough to turn someone around so they'll stop walking backwards :)