Monday, November 27, 2006

Progress

Two of my cats just wanted to say hello to you today. They were both born on the last night I ever got drunk.
They got a chance at life.
I got a second chance.

todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful

that I am sober today and had no hangover from drinking when I woke up

that I got to listen to 6 well-qualified, well-spoken drunks tell their stories of Experience, Strength and Hope over the past 4 days at the Houston Roundup 2006. I heard people talk of their desperation to get sober as they realized their total lack of power in their ability to stay stopped with drinking. More importantly, I heard them speak of the solution; a solution that I am very familiar with. I listened to tales of beginning a partnership with a Higher Power, a partnership that can lead to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.
The necessary ingredients are Honesty, Open-Mindedness and Willingness.

that I heard speakers talk with humor of their absolute, incomprehensible demoralization; told in such ways that even I could understand and feel. I heard stories of people who should, by all rights, be dead or be in prison for life, yet here they were in Houston, speaking to a group of people in recovery. "Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs."

that I got to meet several people in recovery from around the country these past 4 days

that my duties as secretary of the committee are finished except for a final get-together early next year

that I heard a few guys talk about getting nothing out of attending the Roundup which reminded me -- of me! I felt the same way after my first AA convention. That Too Has Passed.

to be volunteered to chair the Sunday Evening Group @ Lambda for December
(this includes New Year's Eve)

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.
-Chinese Proverb

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

hahaha thats a great picture! Handsome beasts!

Pam said...

Thanks for posting your list early in the morning, that's when I need it the most.

Mary Christine said...

What a great experience. Thanks for sharing it with us. And how wonderful it is to have two little beings who have been "alive" as long as you have been.

Scott W said...

Good list, Bud.

Carly said...

Nice.

Trudging said...

Wow sobriety cats!

Sober Chick said...

Ohhhh they came into your life at the most right time, almost like a sobriety gift.

What an awesome weekend!

Anonymous said...

Cool shot of your pussies...

Let's see, with nine lives each, you should be sober a while...

ADAT, of course...

Anonymous said...

Sobriety cats! Way cool! Me-OW!

Peas and hominy,
Dharmashanti

Diego said...

nice kittens and thanks your inability to continue to drink and for stayin sober my friend.

recoveryroad said...

Top cats! The darker one would be the one I'd pet/harrass/drive mad. Cut wee fella...just like his master.