Me, You and Us

It warms my heart to step into an A.A. meeting hall and hear someone say “Hi, Bonnie.”  I see friends that I may not have seen for a while, and I see the newcomer, if there is one, who is looking unsure and fearful.  I remember my first days and how I was afraid .  I say hello to friends and “family” members, and I find a seat – usually near someone I know.  I try to calm my mind, and say a few silent prayers.  I smile at anyone whose eye I catch.  These are my “peeps” and I know most of them by name.  I love the readings as they bring my focus to the current events inside the four walls of the fellowship hall.  I share most of the time, when asked to do so.  I listen to the person sharing and memories of similar doings come and go in my mind.  I hear recovery, I hear sobriety, I hear solutions and I hear the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.  I leave the meeting hall feeling better somehow for having attended a meeting.  Life is good, life is blessed this day, this here, and this now!

photo from Maggs... ♥♥♥
photo from Maggs… ♥♥♥


9 thoughts on “Me, You and Us

  1. Thank the Lord for this day and for all that is in it.
    My times are in His hand.
    My soul rests with Him, my Anamchara.

    I think I probably mentioned about a week or so ago that I had extreme disability with back pain and therefore I am very happy to report it is much better with incremental improvement one day at a time as I simply rested a lot and especially avoided any stressful situations of back use.
    Today my plan is to resume a triweekly exercise regimen which keeps my back toned.
    Therefore I pray for the necessary motivation for I know from past experience I can find a million excuses (excuses, not good reason) to put off systematic exercise.

    And by the way, prayers on your part will be appreciated.

    After years of continued delving into God’s mystery, More Is Being Revealed.

    That’s what it says in our Big Book.
    “More Will Be Revealed”.

    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic and devoted twelve stepper.

    • Thank you Harry , my prayers for your healing of your back pain. My experience with back pain helps me understand someone elses. It practically immobilized me. So I finally ended up with a procedure that gave me some reprieve.
      So prayers of comfort and healing go to you today and many more days.

    • Continued prayers Doc. You have come here almost every day for YEARS, and you are the beginning of the comments always. You are appreciated!! If I may write the prayer we used in the convent, for the sick-NOT MEANT TO OFFEND ANYONE, just a prayer we used to say:
      O Father of mercies and God of all comfort, our only help in time of need:
      We humbly beseech thee to behold, visit, and relieve thy sick servant Harry, for whom our prayers are desired.
      Look upon him with the eyes of thy mercy; comfort him with a sense of thy goodness;
      preserve him from the temptations of the enemy;
      and give him patience under his affliction.
      In thy good time, restore him to health,
      and enable him to lead the residue of his life,
      and to thy glory;
      and grant that finally he may dwell with thee in life everlasting;
      through Jesus Christ our Lord.

  2. Bonnie, your share and lead reminded me of my sponsors words a few years back, you will never know how much aa will change you, it is going to open many doors. You see at that time I was living in a bit of self reliance. I was not quite sure that I would need aa or the people in aa as I could be ok in sobriety on my own. The operative word I was using was My, me mine ect. So now today your words reminded me i, will always be in a better state of recovery if I keep going to aa and greet the newComer and hear my story when I can listen to their story.

    On another note, we just celebrated my husband’s mother’s 100 th birthday. What a beautiful experience to celebrate a benchmark like that. As she exclaimed , I can’t believe it!

  3. The gentlest of times, held but a moment, as we venture out of closed “self” into open “other”…into communion with our fellows, as we are instructed…
    Grateful for the Gift

  4. Top of the afternoon family,
    I hear recovery
    I hear sobriety
    I hear solutions
    I hear the 12 Steps
    Sounds most awesome; then I’m doing what I need to do
    A nice tool to overcome gluttony of self.
    – What has power over me today?
    Thank you Divine Mercy for bestowing me with smart feet.

    it’s a good day to have a good day.

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