Wednesday, May 23, 2007

problems vs solutions

Some of you won't understand this. That's OK.
Some of you won't like this. Call your sponsor.

todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful

that AA is not a correspondence course

for the 12:15pm weekday AA meeting at Lambda Center -- it must be one of the finest recovery gatherings in these here parts --- yesterday, the gentleman chairing the Tuesday meeting for the month of May told us he had relapsed last weekend; he had 7 years and 8 months clean and sober at the time. The topic of discussion was relapse and relapse prevention (of course). It's all about solutions. There were others present who had less than 1 week sober, so the meeting became rather intense. There was one man (whom I had not seen in 6-8 months) who walked in late, sat down and later tried to share with the group. He could not put enough words together to make a comprehensible sentence. He asked for help. He was in the right place.

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tomorrow is hAAlf nAAked thursdAAy

Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.
-Henry J. Kaiser

UPDATE: in case any one wants an answer to exactly who the guys are in the picture, they are Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte. That makes them baseball players. Veteran players of The Yankees and more recently the Houston Astros. They seem to follow each other; when Andy signed with Houston, Roger followed. For 3 years. Then last winter Andy re-signed with New York and now Roger has followed. Again.


Redhead Gal said...

I'm in the "don't get it" category, but that's okay.

The meeting sounds like a great group. Thanks for the reminder that even after time passes, one has to be vigilant.

Pam said...

Oh those are great kinds of meetings! When someone says to me "well, it's easy for you, you have lots of time sober"....I just want to say "HEY...I have to get up everyday and do the deal too", but I hate to scare them. BUT Doing the DEAL is so damn worth it.

Mary Christine said...

Yep. We never graduate, we are all only sober today.

Scott W said...

I assume the Bronx refers to baseball? I don't get who those two guys would be.

I have mixed feelings about those that have recently relapsed leading meetings, seems to me they should be just listening. And the topic turn to the first step.

Anonymous said...

i don't get the cowboy thing, either. oh, well. wish i could have been at the meeting yesterday.

lushgurl said...

Cowboy pics= me clueless= that's ok today!
I think it is important to talk about relapse in meetings, for a lot of us it has been a reality.
All I have is today, no matter what the number of 24 hours may say.

jrhighpeteacher said...

I've seen so many people drink and come back and drink and come back.

I have recent experience (2 years ago) at being 25 years sober, laying my head on the pillow, and knowing that if the obsession hits, I'll drink. Thank God for God and a good sponsor who helped me get honest.

Oh, and I like the sobriety society blog, it's just too red for my old eyes!!!

Zane-nawwaa said...

Those are the meetings I hate to have missed. It brings out the power of the disease. I am so blessed to only have one sobriety date. God love him, God Bless Him.

recoveryroad said...

"...yesterday, the gentleman chairing the Tuesday meeting for the month of May told us he had relapsed last weekend..."

Wouldn't have happened over here. He'd have been asked to step down for the month and sit at the back and listen for the similarities...get to 90 in 90...get a sponsor...get phone numbers...etc, etc

Benchmark said...

yeee haaaw ride that bull.

Syd said...

I think that both AA and Al-Anon are life courses. There is no graduation.

jenny said...

My dad would be so proud that I know who those cowboys are. I wish I could quit Andy myself...

Noor Azman Othman GBE said...

You're right, dAAve. I don't get it either.

Piglet said...

as the village idiot, of course i'm not going to get it :)


I loved it and I called my sponsor anyway........I love you dAAve.

Todd HellsKitchen said...

Well, as a Yankee fan... and a Brokeback fan, I certainly GOT IT!

Soooo, when are you heading back this way to catch a Yankee game? And a burger at the Galaxy Diner??

We (Andy, Roger, and I) miss ya!