2nd Installment Of Maggie’s Mondays

AA tells us we must find a higher power to be able to work the steps and develop a fit, spiritual condition. Mine is Mother Nature. This was the sky soon after my Fordys dad died. It seemed like the heavens were quietly but gloriously welcoming him with open arms, and with the lights on!!

I’ve also heard that sighting a cardinal is a spiritual sign of a lost one. I haven’t seen a cardinal in years!! Last night, Fordy’s sister, Ame, said “Maggie, a cardinal!!” While pointing out to the deck and sure enough, there was a beautiful, bright, red one- and for me, it was a sign of Fordy taking his dad’s energy and incorporating it into his, his families, whatever it is that happens after death!!

Without the steps of AA and having sponsors and friends and using these wonderful tools to deal with life on life’s terms, this week would have found me a bitter, dry drunk, or, a wicked drunk!

Photo courtesy of Maggs!
Photo courtesy of Maggs!

6 thoughts on “2nd Installment Of Maggie’s Mondays

  1. I’ve been knowing him for at least 15 or 20 years, probably longer for he is a close friend of my son-in-law. I was having a pleasant chat with him and after this rather long period of time I found out he was originally from West Virginia. In addition to her that he said he came from Pinch West Virginia and this immediately started fascinated me but not so much as when he told me that just down the road a piece is Quick West Virginia so the word quickly formed that if you were from around their you had to watch out for a Quick Pinch or perhaps you should learn to Pinch Quick!

    Well I decided to Google Pinch West Virginia and there it was about 8 miles outside Charleston and lo and behold just down the road a bit farther was Quick and then the road markings seemed to disappear into the mountains.

    We continued our conversation which was kind of about his upcoming retirement and the usual concerns people have about what they are going to do. I found out he has several hobbies and numerous interests and I commented I didn’t think he would have any trouble enjoying his newfound freedom.
    Since this was on the fourth of July I suppose this conversation was very appropriate.

    Of course it made me reflect on my 12th year of retirement which I am now enjoying and I believe firmly that having a healthy curiosity and honesty, open-mindedness and willingness is the key.

    The Seventh Step is where we make the change in our attitude which permits us, with humility as our guide, to move out from ourselves toward others and toward God.
    When I finally asked God to remove those things blocking me from Him and the sunlight of the Spirit, I embarked on a journey more glorious than I ever imagined. I experienced a freedom from those characteristics that had me wrapped up in myself. Because of this humbling Step, I feel clean.
    I am especially aware of this Step because I’m now able to be useful to God and to my fellows. I know that He has granted me strength to do His bidding and has prepared me for anyone, and anything, that comes my way today. I am truly in His hands, and I give thanks for the joy that I can be useful today.
    From the book Daily Reflections

    God’s grace is intertwined with growth isn’t it?

    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic. – Georgia, US of A.

  2. I got to talk to one sponsee about preying upon others in the program and self-gratification now it’s between him and God if he does it again. He said he never thought about that perspective of whether or not she got hurt and quit chairing a meeting and then how so many other people could get hurt by not having a meeting to go to. I get to hear my sponsee do an open talk tonight that’s he’s greatly fearful of being’s it’s his first one. We’ve talked about the format several times now, ” what I was like, what happened and what it’s like now”. This man is a lot of work having been in prison for 14 years which is still hard to wrap my head around but i pray I continue to be up to the challenge. We went kayaking yesterday afternoon and we helped a lil ole lady later on down the stream he talked about eyeing up a butt load of jewelry on her fingers but how he didn’t make a plan to get it, haha sheesh that’s progress.

  3. …yes it is a miracle.
    Another one.
    They are around us on an everyday basis as we come out of ourselves and into life, as we are shown by those who have gone before us.
    Today I pray that I may follow usefully in those footsteps.
    Today I pray that I may actually practice a genuine humility, to the end that I may dwell in thankful contemplation of He who presides over us, seeking to hear His will.
    Grateful for the Gifts we receive

  4. Top of the morning family,
    2nd installment, whoo hoo, we be cooking with peanut oil.
    Walking in spiritual awareness/conditioning requires that we practice the basics, trust God(know, listen, obey), clean house, and service to others. This is the design for living. By becoming what I practice, I’m discovering that my Creator isn’t so intimidating.
    It’s a good day to have a good day.

  5. although we talk about God as we understand Him, what a relief it was to me to know that I don’t have to understand God. I just need to know I am not him.

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