- for the perfect day off yesterday. Gray, dark, rainy day. I shopped for eyeglasses--frames are just too expensive (the ones I want). I visited thrift stores and found some great buys. At the grocery store I told a woman her little round eyeglasses were great. She had boxes of chocolates, boxes of wine and 4 umbrellas in her cart. I mentioned she was having a party and she commented the wine was good to which I said there wasn't enough wine in that store for me. That led to a conversation about me being in AA, that she took her best friend for her 50th birthday to New Orleans and found a meeting for she and her friend to attend at Lambda N.O. Then I relayed the story about Lambda Houston setting up the first gay and lesbian hospitality suite at the N.O. national AA convention some 25+ years ago. She mentioned that we have a lesbian running for mayor and four other candidates for city positions are gay or lesbian. The chocolates were for her son in college, the 4 umbrellas were for her daughter and her friends in the car pool because they are not smart enough to get out of the rain. It was a charming interaction with a stranger, something again that would not have happened if I were still drinking. I gave her my card and she asked what I did, I said I painted and she said she would keep up with that!
- that in the Beginners meeting last night I was shown again that it is what I can bring to a meeting, not to be uncomfortable when the disease is bubbling in the room at eye level
- that I am back on my restricted eating plan and am down three pounds from Sunday
- that lately I have felt so good mentally, emotionally and spiritually that it is hard to imagine it getting better, but life keeps on doing just that
I am of some use in the world. I have a purpose in life. I am worth something at last. My life has a direction and a meaning. All that feeling of futility is gone. I can do something worthwhile. God has given me a new lease on life so that I can help other alcoholics. He has let me live through all the hazards of my alcoholic life to bring me at last to a place of real usefulness in the world. He has let me live for this. This is my opportunity and my destiny. I am worth something! ~Twenty-Four Hours a Day