Sunday, July 5, 2009

Just another weekend.

When life is lived from a standpoint of damage control or optimum advantage, the true benefit of life is forfeited. The opportunity is lost. The chance is missed. For a life lived thusly is a life lived from fear. July 5 Meditations from "Conversations with God - Book 1" page 130
Hi my alkie friends. Hope all had a wonderful weekend. Mine was rather nondescript. Stayed home except for Saturday dinner with Daave, Rick, and John C. That's always a good start of an evening of sobriety. Then we went to the Saturday Night Live speaker meeting at Lambda. A woman, Laura L., whom I absolutely adore, spoke. She was not the scheduled speaker, but was ready in a moments notice. I first knew Laura when I moved to Houston in August 2004. She was having a hell of a time staying sober. In and out, always broken and in tears. This gal was not one that used the doors flippantly like a turnstile, she just could not get sober. Then in 2005 she took a Desire Chip and it worked. I have witnessed the change in her. From a look and aura of despair to a woman with a gleam in her eye and an aura of gratitude. She is truly a miracle and I am so privileged to have witnessed the change and the growth. She only talked for 25 minutes, but it was a 25 minutes packed with quality. I just love those.
Tonight I am grateful for:
  • God, my Higher Power
  • My Sobriety
  • Mamie, my OCD schnauzer
  • My Sponsor
  • My Right eye
  • Being accepting of a problem with my left eye that started last evening.
  • My blood sugar at 198 this AM, down from 267 yesterday and down to 109 before dinner tonight. The new meds are kicking in - in God's time, not mine.
  • Acceptance
  • Living in the United States Of America
  • Friends
  • All y'all.

Y'all be pretty now, ya heah.


Tall Karen said...

I think one of the greatest gifts we receive in AA is the opportunity to see other people recover. To see that light come on...from deep in their soul! What a nice gift you received!

dAAve said...

Laura represents the biggest change I have seen in a person -- yet.

Scott W said...

Hi, Zane!

Syd said...

Glad that you had a great weekend. I like those who share and get to the point in their story...the solution.

Prayer Girl said...

I agree that one of the greatest blessings of our program is to have it passed on to another and watch despair be transformed into a light radiating gratitude.

Amen to your gratefulness for being able to find acceptance, lowered blood sugar, living in the U.S., and friends.


Todd HellsKitchen said...

Glad you got the sugar in check!

Steve E. said...

That Laura L must be a real AA gem. We have one like that. For years, just could not stay sober.

Then one fine day she stopped. that was it. When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. I used to hate that trite saying.....
Thanks, Zane.
Being "pretty"!!!