Thursday, January 31, 2008


A very small amazing thing happened yesterday. My husbands truck, yes the one I was swearing at just the other day, needs work. Something sliced the transmission line and it needs repaired among a few other things. Not cheap. The mechanic said it looked like the truck had run over something or bottomed out. Of course my husband spent most of his day trying to figure out how it happened (read: who to blame). None of us remember any significant event that could have caused it. Who knows? It's winter in New England. Then he starts wondering how we were going to pay for it, etc, etc. Now this is the kind of stuff that usually sends me over the edge. Total stress. Anger. Resentment. Anxiety. Panic. The amazing thing, acceptance. Whatever happened, it happened. We need the truck, we have to pay to fix it. We will figure it out. Charge it if we have to. I told him this and he looked at me and said, "What is wrong with you!?" I told him I could not change anything that happened. So, whatever. It will work out. It will unfold. Then guess what happens this morning. We had sold my mother's car to a member of my morning group. Didn't cash the check because we hadn't been counting on the money for anything, the car had just been sitting in the driveway and he asked if we could hold it for awhile. Today he showed up with a money order for $800. That will cover about a third, but you see? It will work out. The world will not end. I will not drink.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

BS Bingo

A bit of fun
Do you keep falling asleep in meetings?
What about those long and boring drunkalog or using stories??
Get tired of the same old Slogan Babble, or members who continue to deal with the same problems, same defects, and same painful relationships FOR YEARS?
Here's a way to change all that...

1. Before (or during) your next meeting, prepare yourself by drawing a square. I find that 5" x 5" is a good size. Divide the card into columns-five across and five down. That will give you 25 one-inch blocks.

2. Write one of the following 25 words/phrases in each block:
Living Amends
Didn't Mean to Us
I'm Stuck On Step ____
Couldn't Find A Meeting
My Sponsor Has Been Out Of Town
I Can't change
I Won't change
Yeah But
Oh, The
But....don't you think
I'll Never
Recovering Person
Searching (as in, "for answers")
Gonna (sometimes prefaced with, "I'm")
Been thinking (sometimes prefaced with, "I've")
She/He said
I heard
We Addicts are sicker than alkies
These medications I have to take....
3. Check off the appropriate block when you hear one of the abovewords or phrases.
4. When you get five blocks horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, stand up and shout: "BULLSHIT!"
--"I had been in the meeting for only five minutes when I won."-Adam> W., Atlanta
--"My attention span at meetings has improved dramatically."- DavidT.,> Tampa
--"What a gas! Meetings will never be the same for me after myfirst> win." -Dan J., NY City
--"The atmosphere was tense in the last "Gratitude" meeting as 14 of us waited for the fifth box. " -Ben G., Denver
--"The speaker was stunned as eight of us screamed out "BULLSHIT"for the third time in 20 minutes." -Carnie Joe, Miami
Play "Bullshit Bingo" at your next meeting...!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

One of those Mornings

I stayed up way too late last night watching TV.

Took a few extra minutes to sleep which didn't allow me time for my morning routine. I said my prayers but I didn't pray, if you know what I mean. Didn't get to read through the blogs, etc. etc. blah, blah, blah. Got ready for work and my morning meeting and was trying to get out the door when Last Minute Charlie (a/k/a my son) declares that he needs a check for $50 to the school cause he lost his warmup pants. Okay, first, how'd he lose his pants. It's not his fault of course, it must be something I did. What!!!!???? $50 is a lot of money. No it isn't. Where did you learn that? Maybe you should pay for it. But you're going to be a nice Mom and pay for it. Okay, I don't have time for this, where is my checkbook. I just had it. I picked it up from the desk to put in my purse. But its not in my purse. I look 10 times. It is not there. I must have put it on some surface as I was walking to my purse (when I was so RUDELY interrupted). Bill, (a/k/a husband)! Help me find my checkbook pleassssssse! He starts to look through my purse. IT'S NOT THERE! He wanders around the house. No help at all. I finally come across it on the endtable. Okay, write the check. Now I have to take my husband's truck because he is traveling and needs the Prius to save gas. Okay. Climb into the damn truck. Get stuck in the snow. Why is it that my little Prius can plow through the snow and the big bad truck can't? I don't get it. Traction, my husband says. Well, I'm in the truck, as the wheels are spinning, screaming and pounding my fists "F*CK, F*CK, F*CK! So loud that I have hurt my throat. Get out of the truck, move my son's car so I can get more TRACTION. Still stuck. Move the car some more, husband gets truck out of snow. Peel out of driveway while husband sweetly says Have a nice day. aaaarrrrrgggghhhh!
Now I am talking to myself on the way to the meeting, like a raving idiot. What the heck is wrong with me? Oh I know. H.A.L.T. Didn't eat breakfast, I'm hungry. I'm definately Angry. I'm not lonely anymore cause I picked up a friend to go the meeting. AND I AM TIRED!!! Big suprise! Share at the meeting. Get some laughs. Shock a few people with my language. Fun! And I feel much better. Talk after the meeting not about my morning, but some real troubles that others are having. I will take a nap this afternoon , do my centering prayer and life will be better.
I learned all of this in AA. Thank GOD!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

I've been doing readings from a book called "Mother Teresa: No Greater Love" a collection of her teachings. This is what I am gaining from Centering Prayer:
"It is difficult to pray if you don't know how to pray, be we must help
ourselves to pray. The first means to use is silence. We cannot put
ourselves directly in the presence of God if we do not practice internal and external silence. The interior silence is very difficult, but we must make the effort. In silence we will find new energy and true unity. The
energy of God will be ours to do all things well, and so will the unity of our thoughts with His thoughts, the unity of our prayers with His prayers, the unityof our actions with His actions, of our life with His life. Unity is the fruit of prayer, of humility, of love. In the slence of the heart, God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing. It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence. Silence gives us a new outlook on everything. We need slience to be able to touch souls. The essential thing is not what we say but what God says to us and through us. In that silence, He will listen to us; he will speak to our souls, and there we will hear His voice." pg 7

I am also reading a book entitled "Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening" by Cynthia Bourgeault. Father Thomas Keating whom she describes as Centering Prayer's principal architect and spokesperson was approached by a nun during a workshop who lamented that she had failed because 10,000 thoughts had entered her mind during prayer. He responded that she had been blessed. Why, she asked perplexed. And his reponse was that she had had 10,000 opportunities to return to God.

A quote she uses at the beginning of the book from Piero Ferrucci, (Ineffable Grace, p. 254) reads:

" Prayer is not a request for God's favors. True, it has been used to obtain the satisfaction of personal desires. It has even been adopted to reinforceprejudices, justify violence, and create barriers between people and countries. But genuine prayer is based on recognizing the Origin of all that exists, and opening ourselves to it....In prayer we acknowledge God as the supreme source from which flows all strength, all goodness, all existence, acknowledging that we have our being, life itself from this supreme Power. One can then communicate with this Source, worship it, and ultimately place one's very center in it."

This is the stuff that is making sense to me as I go through the steps and begin to pracitce these principles in all my affairs. Pretty cool. I am very grateful to Alocholics Annoymouse for leading me to the beginnings of my spriritual foundation. Never thought I would get here.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

What's Good About Today

Today was the fifth anniversary of my morning group, What's Good About Today. They started out 5 years ago in a small room in the back of a church, about 6 people or so. Now, 30-40 people show up on a regular basis and there were over 60 or so there today. We meet every morning Monday thru Saturday at 7 am. It was not the first meeting I attended but I believe it was the first meeting where I felt at home. The chair of that days meeting was so self assured, confident and "normal", I felt safe. Because it was a round robin, it was the first time I said, My name is Kathy and I am an alcoholic. That was huge. I listened to everyone share what was good about that day. The day was only a few hours old but everyone had something good to say, even if it was just, I woke up sober and in clean sheets. I identified. At the end of the meeting they give out chips and Chickie the woman next to me urged me to colled my 24 hours to 29 day chip. I was way too frightened. No way was I going to stand up and walk in front of all those people. But I promised her I would come back to get it. After all I had up to 29 days to do so, right? Well I did. That promise kept me going. Her spirit shined down on me. And I've been going to that meeting daily ever since. The continuity, the fellowship, the singleness of purpose has kept me sober. When I stopped drinking I felt like I had lost my best friend. But what I gained was a roomful of best friends. I feel close to every single person in that room on a daily basis. Whether I like them or not. I love watching people grow. I love growing. When I finally came to AA, I thought I would just learn how not to drink but what I am learning is a new way of life. I have been given a gift and it is one I will be forever grateful for.

Friday, January 25, 2008

My Passion

Well, its been a busy week. Tuesday is my power day. Meeting in the morning. Work. Therapy in the afternoon. That is turning out pretty well. I really like the therapist. We went through my family history this week. I think that this will be a nice complement to my AA program. Gives me an outlet to discuss in a confidential and safe environment the things that come up or will help me to understand myself. So far so good anyway. Then I meet with my sponser and then we go to a Step meeting. Thursday turned into another power day. Meeting in the morning. Work. I went to court in the afternoon to support a member of our morning meeting who had his trial for his 3rd DUI offense. Mistrial 5-1 not guilty. He's made so much progress that I'd like to believe he doesn't need to go to jail to continue his journey but only time will tell. Then to my centering prayer session. I really connect to this way of prayer. And it keeps religon out of it. I have tried it at home. I have a book on it now and I will share some of it over the weekend. Then another step meeting at my other sponsers house. Basically, this morning I was AA'd out. I skipped the morning meeting and went in late to work. Felt good. I'll get to the meeting tonight and tomorrow is the morning meeting's 5th anniversay which should prove to be fun.

Anyway, Work. Yesterday, I had a bit of an epiphany. I have been struggling with my job. I like the work but it is very difficult to work with my employer, a sole practioner attorney. I brought up a few things yesterday for discussion, trying to change the things that I can. And as I suspected I must accept the things I cannot change. It was a good conversation because it brought clarity to me but he was really inappropriate and self serving. I believe he may very well be an untreated alcoholic. I have never heard someone who is not talk about how he doesn't drink so much. Or someone who doesn't drink have so many one glasses of wine. In fact I don't usually hear anyone talk about how much they drink unless they are at a bar or an AA meeting. It seems to come up more and more with him. And he just cannot take responsibility for decisions and consequences. It just seems very clear to me now. I have not shared with him my own journey as he is extremely judgemental and I have overheard his comments on those he perceives as alcoholics. So I'd rather just avoid that. There are a lot of pros to the job. I'm good at it. The hours are flexible and the pay is fair. I only answer to him and I have been able to "manage" him so far. But I am learning that this is just not my passion anymore and to put up with him for something that is no longer my passion may require a change on my part. So I'm thinking and exploring.

What is becoming my passion? My recovery. How can I turn that into a job? Well, many moons ago, I was an aspiring social worker. Ended up with a degree in psychology when the BSW didn't work out. So perhaps I should consider returning to my roots and get up to speed. This is just in the kernel of an idea phase and I don't want to make any big changes in my life right now. But I may take some steps to get my feet wet. It feels good to think about but I am trying to be careful that this doesn't turn into delusions of grandeur. This started with my thinking about opening a women's sober house. Thankfully, my sponser brought me to reality, ie: maybe think about volunteering in one before you plan to open one, LOL! Thank God for sponsers!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Step 5

Well, I posted a few days ago about honesty and I really appreciated all your comments and support. To sum it up, as someone in my Sunday meeting advised, time to put on your Big Girl Shoes and move on. And its true, I was stuck. But what was wonderful about the whole last week, despite my angst, is that because of this program and what I have learned so far, I was able to share my issues here and in meetings and get direction from older (well maybe not older:) but wiser "fellows". It really helped. Then I went to my Step meeting last night and we were on Step 5. Geesh. I should have read ahead because listen to this from the Twelve and Twelve: "As we took inventory, we began to suspect how much trouble self-delusion had been causing us. This had brought a disturbing reflection. If all our lives we had more or less fooled ourselves, how could we now be so sure that we weren't still self-deceived?" Sound like anyone you know? The whole chapter basically described what this last week had been for me. Our group goes around in a circle and take turns reading a paragraph at a time. I could barely choke mine out when it came to my turn:

"No one ought to say the A.A. program requires no willpower; here is one place you may require all you've got. Happily, though, the chances are that you will be in for a very pleasant surprise. When your mission is carefully explained, and it is seen by the recipient of your confidence how helpful he can really be, the conversation will start easily and will soon become eager. Before long, your listener may well tell a story or two about himself which will place you even more at ease. Provided you hold back nothing, your sense of relief will mount from minute to minute. The dammed-up emotions of years break out of their confinement, and miraculously vanish as soon as they are exposed. As the pain subsides, a healing tranquillity takes its place. And when humility and serenity are so combined, something else of great moment is apt to occur. Many an A.A., once agnostic or atheistic, tells us that it was during this stage of Step Five that he first actually felt the presence of God. And even those who had faith already often become conscious of God as they never were before."

Even as I read I could feel the sense of relief wash over me. My sponser and I had met an hour before the meeting as we usually do and I put on my Big Girl shoes as advised and asked her if she would hear my fifth step. She was delighted. She has been a wonderful sponser. Allowing me to feel my way with gentle guidance. She had said that as the Big Book says, I didn't have to do my fifth step with her. Which of course my alcoholic mind took to mean she didn't want to hear it. Bad Kathy. But thankfully, I asked her, because really who else and she was basically waiting for me. Damn you sponsers making us do the work!! So..we just have to coordinate schedules and find the time.

You know what I found amazing about the Serenity Prayer as well. Sometimes when I am caught up in my own sh*t, I can pray it but I'm not sure I believe it. For instance yesterday morning, I had stuff going on with my husband and I just couldn't get out of my own way and even worse he wouldn't get out of my way, LOL. I tried the serenity prayer and I was just not feeling it. I was just crabby as all hell. But you know what, as soon as I picked up another alcoholic to go the meeting and then attended the meeting I was able to Let it Go. Sometimes I can't seem to conjure up the faith for myself, but I can see it for others. And once that happens, I can see it for myself as well. I think that is what may be key to our fellowship and the program of Alcoholics Annonymous. It's not just someone having it worse than myself so that my problems seem smaller. It's believing that God will take care of us whatever our problems may be and will see us through it and sometimes we just need to hear it from someone else. Or see it in someone else.

Saturday, January 19, 2008


This morning on my way to the meeting I stopped to get gas. I had my son's car and the tank was empty so I thought I'd suprise him with a full tank of gas. I was half asleep and it was very cold. Anyway, I pull in and rummage thru my purse for my debit card which was hard to find in the huge cavern that it is. Finally found it and went out to pump the gas. Shit.. the thingy is on the other side. Okay, get back in the car and turn it around and do it again. Shit... I have no idea what I'm doing. I'm facing a different direction but the thingy is still on the other side. Ditz. Turn it around again and this time I get it right. Geeesh! I'm just trying to be nice. Anyway, I get to the meeting and I walk in with Dave and his girlfriend. Dave is one of my sober buddys. Nice guy and has come a long way in 5 months. Still has a long way to go, difference is he knows it now. Now I can't figure out how to lock the car. He looks at me and he's like, what did you just get out of bed or something. Well, yeah, its 7 am on a Saturday.... He and his girlfriend are looking all perky and fit. Probably had good sex last night. Unlike me....(I'm sorry, was I whining?) Anyway I tell him the gas station story to get the laugh, I like to get laughs. He says, well that's your alcoholic mind. I don't think so. I think I was just tired and in a unfamiliar car. He had to agree.

I got home from the meeting, ate and went back to sleep. I slept until 1:30. I never sleep that late. I missed the funeral of the morning secretary's father. I wanted to go for support but I didn't want to go either. So I guess my decision was made for me. I woke up, and did nothing. Watched TV, ate lunch. Made sauce for dinner is the only productive thing I have done. My house is a mess and there is sooo much to do. But I am the epitomy of sloth today.

What is my alcoholic mind, is how I feel about honesty. If I dig deep and I have while working this damn fourth step is that I have never really been honest, with others or even more so with myself. Yet I was a person who prided herself on honesty. Claimed honesty. I was self righteous. I could convince you that I was true. I convinced myself. But in reality, I haven't been honest about my feelings. I haven't been honest about my actions. I haven't been honest about my motives. The list could go on forever. In fact, I have been dishonest for so long I don't know what honest feels like. So now, here I am on the fearless and searching moral inventory. I am seeking a deeper connection with my higher power. I am doing everything right in this program. People marvel at me. Literally. I am 7 months sober, I feel pretty good and I share it. I share what I am doing. I share what I am learning. It seems like I am helping some people. And people from my meetings tell me I'm doing really well. Yesterday a guy with 20 years is asking ME, how I am doing it. He wants what I have. What's up with that? (no it definately wasn't a 13th step, LOL, okay now I'm talking to myself. I really am crazy.) And I feel like I am doing well. But then again, I am questioning myself. Are my motives pure? I do have a fear of failure. Do I really believe what I am feeling and saying? I have lied to myself for so long I just don't know what is true anymore. I just don't. I feel like I'm on shaky ground. I just don't trust myself. Hopefully, as time passes, maybe I will be more used to the feeling and can recognize my true self. Right now, I am still questioning myself. I just don't know who I am anymore.

I think this is manifesting itself in my behaviour. No desire to drink at all, thank God. But I have this gnawing feeling that comes around. Prayer or reading helps now and again but it keeps coming back. So what do I do... I bought a pack of cigarettes. And now I'm sneaking around having a cigarette here and there. Right now I am waiting for my husband to leave the house so I can get one in. I do not want to smoke and I do not want to have to kick the habit again. That was tough. But for some reason I have this compulsion. I bought a pack, smoked about half of it and then left it on a bench. But a few days later, I went and bought another one. I went through this a few months ago and talked to my sponser about it. She said if its between cigarettes and alcohol, smoke. At least for now. But I don't want to smoke. Anyway, it feels good to get it out here. At least I'm being honest with someone.

I went outside and smoked that cigarette. I feel like a teenager sneaking around. I got a head rush. Is that what I'm looking for? It didn't feel good. It made me feel sick. What is wrong with me?

Friday, January 18, 2008

Step 1

We had a Step 1 meeting with my sponser last night which was really nice. Small group, around the table, tea. This meeting sprung out of the retreat so I appreciated the chance to get to know these women better. These are the quotes that I found to be very true for me.

I avoided AA like the plague for a long, long time because, "glass in hand," I thought I could do it myself. I had a Big Book and I thought I could teach myself AA or at least control my drinking and I tried, several times. Guess what? Didn't work. I lurked in an online group for a few years as well. Guess what? Didn't work. I tried other means...Smart Recovery, Will Power (LOL), pure self hate, promises. Guess what? Didn't work. In the the book Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (which DOES NOT REPLACE the Big Book) it says " It was a statistical fact that alcoholics almost NEVER RECOVERED ON THEIR OWN RESOURCES." Very true for me.

It also talks about how in the beginning of AA, almost 70 years ago, AA only reached the low bottom drunks because only they could make the admission of hopelessness. But now... the bottom has risen. Maybe we are smarter. Or maybe it is through the Grace of God and by those alcoholics who came before us that we have been "spared" literal hell. I have not been hospitalized, institionalized, jailed, arrested, etc. I have a home and a family that is still with me. I understand that some people still have to go there but thankfully I did not. I think we all have different tolerances for pain. Some of us need to get hit harder for some reason. Don't get me wrong. There is plenty I have lost but I feel as though I have been "spared" indeed. Lastly the line that strikes out the most for me...."WE perceive that only through utter defeat are we able to take our first steps toward liberation and strength".

How crazy is that? I had the hardest time giving up my power. I am a strong willed woman. I am woman hear me roar. It was really difficult to understand the concept of powerlessness. My good Irish Friend helped me alot with that. But by admitting my powerlessness I became empowered. I only thought I was empowered before. I truly am now. That line is exactly what my experience has been these last 7 months. It is soooooo much better. I am so grateful to be defeated.

So for you who are struggling, go to a meeting, read the Big Book, get a sponser, work the steps.....You will find your own liberation and strength...and Peace.

"Power, success, happiness, as the world knows them, are his who will fight for them hard enough; but peace, love, joy are only from God. And God is the enemy whom Jacob fought there by the river, of course, and whom in one way or another we all of us fight--God, the beloved enemy. Our enemy because, before giving us everything, he demands of us everything; before giving us live, he demands our lives--our selves, our wills, our treasure."

The Magnficent Defeat by Frederick Buechner

Monday, January 14, 2008

Therapy and Centering Prayer

Well the 2 things I am checking out this week.

Therapy: I appreciated the comments from Irish Friend and johno on this topic. I'm not pro or con, and I am not at a critical point as a result of my fourth step, not falling apart or anything. (well, except when distant priests say, whoa, heavy!) Not really sure what I'm looking for. I've seen a therapist once before. I was falling apart when I started taking care of my Mom. I went to a friend's therapist and by chance she happened to specialize in geriatric issues. So she helped me alot in wading through the muck. But for my issues, well, I wasn't honest and never opened up. And I appreciate the teachings of Eckart Tolle or Ken Wilbur but it is a one sided conversation. My sponser gave me a card for a therapist that is in the program so I feel like at least she'll get that part of me. She does equine based therapy. That sounds interesting to me. I just feel as though I've got some stuff to work out that would be better suited in a professional capacity. My degree is in psychology so I do have some degree of respect but I also have a degree of disrespect. I backed off from becoming a social worker because, 1) flunked out of college (real reason) because I was drinking to much, 2) but also because I realized that someone like me (a drunk and a mess) was going to make decisions that affected other people's lives. So I took the step and I'll meet with her Tuesday which is cool because I meet with my sponser after that.

Centering Prayer: One of the things I appreciated the most during the Retreat was the moments of silence. They were longer that we get a meetiings. I feel like I get closer to God and I also like the collective experience. So I have been researching this thing called Centering Prayer. You can learn more about it here: and here: It seems a local church is offering workshops and a meditation chapel for the purpose so I am checking that out as well. I feel as though I need a bit more discipline in the praying. We also have a Friends Meeting House (Quakers) in my town so I may visit them as well. I guess I'm looking for a way to better connect with the Spirit of the Universe.

Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. It's snowing like crazy here so looks like it may be a day off from work. Peace.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

The Spiritual Work of Gratitude

"To be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives is easy, but to be grateful for all of our lives-the good as well as the bad, the moments of joy as well as the moments of sorrow, the successes as well as the failures, the rewards as well as the rejections-that requires hard spiritual work. Still, we are only truly grateful people when we can say thank you to all that has brought us to the present moment. As long as we keep dividing our lives between events and people we would like to remember and those we would rather forget, we cannot claim the fullness of our beings as a gift of God to be grateful for. Let's not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now and trust that we will soon see in it the guiding hand of a loving God." Henry Nouwan

In reflecting on this, my father's death brought me to the realization that one could find faith and if my Dad could maybe I could too. Later, my mother's experience with her alcoholism and diagnosis of Korsakoff's sydrome was the beginning of the end of my drinking. I could no longer deny that I too was an alcoholic. The loss of my parents (and yes I consider that I have lost my mother, not physically, but emotionally) were devasting moments for me but I have come to believe that these were God moments for me. A spiritual 2x4 if you will.

Recently I attended a retreat and there was a reconciliation service. We were to write our "sins" on a piece of paper and then bring them to the priest who if you were Catholic would absolve you or whatever they do and if not he would give you a blessing and then they burn the paper. I wrote the biggest stuff that I have learned from my fourth step. There were 2 priests that you had to get in line for. My whole group went to the priest on the left. For some reason I went to the one on the right. The whole time I am in line I'm thinking to myself he's going to read this and say "You're f*%ked!". And you know what he kind of did. I am told the other priest was also in recovery and he shared that and told people that they had taked a big step by sharing their paper, etc., etc. My priest read my paper, burned it and then said..."That's some pretty heavy stuff. Are you in counseling?" Among a few other things. I couldn't even hear his blessing. Something about I was the lamb on the shephard's shoulders, blah, blah, blah. I was pretty devastated actually. But in reflecting about this, while I didn't get what I wanted or expected, perhaps this was God's way of gently pushing me in a direction I had been contemplating. Perhaps I got what I needed. I had talked to my sponser about therapy. She had given me a card of a therapist in the program. And I had been carrying it around never making the call. So now this is no longer devasting, it is another God moment to be grateful for. Would I have rather been patted on the back? Yes. But apparently that is not what I needed. Still don't like the priest so much but that's another issue:)

Friday, January 11, 2008

Seven Months

Pretty un f*%king believable.

Up to seven months ago I never really felt alcohol was a problem or a problem that I couldnt' handle. I WANTED to pass out every night. It was WORTH the consequences the next day. I LIKED not dealing with life. I LOVED being high. I found the PEACE in the bottle, it just didn't LAST. So to appease my husband, my children and to avoid the next day's hangover I sometimes did try to slow down or quit but I never really wanted to nor was I able to do it ALONE.

Somehow that changed on June 11th. I do not believe it was me. I was compelled that day to look for help. I knew I could not as the commercial says JUST DO IT. It took me 2 weeks to find the answer. Well, I did have an online grou where I lurked so I won't say it took me 2 weeks to find AA but it took me 2 weeks to get to a meeting. To jump in with both feet. I have gone to a meeting every day just about since. And most of the time 2. And I am online and in sober blogland. I have read the first 164 pages of the Big Book several times. I am making my way through the stories now. I've read other AA & spiritual literature as well. I meet with my sponser once a week and talk to her or my backup sponser every day. I reach out to another struggling alcoholic every day. I have finished my fourth step and am ready to embark on my fifth. A God of my understanding and prayer is in my life now. I don't know for sure exactly when the compulsion left but it did. Probably after I did Step 3. Turned my Will and my Life to the Care of God. It's awesome.

I had an odd morning today. I guess the busy week caught up with me and I overslept because I forgot to set my alarm. I feel awkward and a bit unnerved because I will not get to go to my morning meeting where I start my day. Like I told my husband it feels a bit like I forgot to put on my underwear (no jokes please:). I had to call the three women I give rides and luckily they had time to make other arrangements. I missed the chip party as quite a few of us have the 11th as a date, 2 mos, 4 mos, 7 mos (Me), 10 mos and I believe there are a few others....Now before we have a pity party, I can get the chip tomorrow where maybe I can have the limelight all to myself in typical self centered fashion. And I have got 2 calls to check on me when I missed the meeting. How special is that??

But missing the meeting also allowed me to have a conversation with my husband about the day he is facing. They are having a reorganization meeting today at his office. One of the possiblities is a move to Philadelphia. My husband is not an alcoholic and also realizes there is not much he can do to change the outcome so has not talked about this much. Plus I think he was afraid to tell me of the what ifs. And strangely enough, as we talked this morning, I did not react in usual fashion. I think because I have TRUST and FAITH now. In the past, I would have started lining up all the possible scenarios and already have us eating cheesesteaks on South Street I think it is, complete move vs. gradual. He moves, the rest of us stay. Wait till my son graduates high school and then move, husband commutes on weekends. In fact, I would have had the new apartment or house decorated and began the emotional withdrawal from this house that I love. BUT, while I won't deny these thoughts fleetingly flew through my head, I did not dwell. I feel like whatever happens it will be okay. I would hate to leave this area but I know that I already have friends in Philadelphia and they are probably meeting right now. I feel like whatever happens, it will be okay. So I don't even really care what happens, no need to think about it until when we know for sure. Then we will do the next thing. I really like this PEACE.
I have missed my friends in blogland. It's been a busy beginning of the new year for me with work, the retreat, my daughter, blah, blah, blah. I put the blogging without obligation on here for a reason so I won't go into all the platitudes. But I do miss you all and plan to catch up over the weekend. Hope you are well.

Monday, January 7, 2008


Peace on Earth. Christ is Born. To my Serbian and Orthodox friends and family and to celebrate my heritage I share this. xo

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Constant Vigilance

You know, I hear all the time at meetings the stories of people who let their guard down, who thought they could handle it, maybe questioned whether or not they were an alcoholic at all. Or maybe they didn't even think about it. Didn't question anything. Like Jim the car salesman who on a whim decided a whiskey in his milk would be a good idea. I feel good right now. I got through the holidays with nary a desire to drink. A passing thought maybe, but that was more due to routine than anything. No obsession. These stories of relapsing remind me that I must protect what I have at all costs from that first drink. I have no mental defense against it. That my good feeling can depart in a moment. Either I can rationalize my way towards the drink or I won't even think about it. So I must be constantly on the look out.
I think this also applies to the relationship that I am developing with the God of my understanding. I took His presence for granted all of my life. I feel His presence now around me all the time, in the sunrises, sunsets, soft snowfall, ocean breezes, swaying trees, kindness of strangers, love of my fellows, family. But in the day to day living of making ends meet, tasks of daily living, droning televisions.... it is easy to lose sight of God and to take His presence for granted. So I must remain vigilant in my seeking. And if I do, He will protect me from that first drink. So it is just one big circle really. I need to remain constantly vigilant so that I can remain constantly vigilant.

I will have plenty of time this weekend to reflect on this. One of my Christmas presents to myself is to attend a Women in Recovery Retreat with my sponser and some other women from the program. I am looking forward to the rest and reflection. I have no idea what to expect but I'm bringing my fifth step with me!! Leaving right after work tomorrow. Nice way to start the New Year, huh? I'll see y'all on the flip side.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

lion hug

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO MY BLOGGING BUDDIES!. I wish you peace and love for the New Year. Not to mention continued sobriety. xo