Thursday, September 27, 2007

hAAlf nAAked thursdAAy

In the beginning, the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous would pass a hat during a meeting with the hope that a few attendees would contribute a coin or two.

In the years since, it's common to donate a dollar bill at a meeting. With rising costs everywhere we look, today many groups ask that we donate 2 dollars.

We all give what we can, but part of the magic of AA is the freedom we all have. I don't have to donate any money at all if I don't feel like it.

look at some personal pictures of more givers HERE

todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful

that I am usually comfortable with who I am

that I had the privelege of hearing a man with 9 months of sobriety tell how he came to be in AA. He is another reminder of the daily miracle we are all blessed with.

that I was born with so much

for changes ...
... in my thinking
... in my actions

to see a lot of visual progress in my bathroom remodelling project

If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator.
-W. Beran Wolfe


Mary Christine said...

Too busy being happy to search for happiness.

Pam said...

Your quote today is right where I'm at! I wonder why that's so hard to "get" some long mathmatical problem.

Trudging said...

In the years I have been in A.A. the price of everything has gone up but, we still throw a dollar in the basket. Thanks for the reminder

Gwen said...

I would willingly spend money on the drink so I am just as willing to help pay for rent and coffee.

"for changes ...
... in my thinking
... in my actions"

Amen brotha!

Scott W said...

I have to not watch the basket pass around the room. Seeing those that never contribute after AA has given them years of sobriety sets my character defects to shine brightly.

Anonymous said...

Talking about character defects, boy did mine shine brightly for the last couple days. I was searching for happiness but kept seeing everything through sadness. One member of my support group told me that I could make a decision to be happy. I couldn't do it. But I could do the things that I know will help: go to meetings, pray, read the literature, etc. Glad I'm coming out of it. Good post, Daave. Got a lot out of it.

peanut said...

Dear dAAve,

Happiness has settled on me like a butterfly this morning.

Talking, crying, seeking help, praying, all that has lifted me from that alienating depression I was in for a few days.

I look forward to the day in front of me.

Love you

Alcoholic Brain said...

Thanks for sharing a picture of a dollar. Many newcomers don't have a dollar left...Great post dAAve.

Anonymous said...

I always give two dollars at meetings.

Hi, Dave. I read your blog and MC's almost every day. You make me smile (and a lot of times laugh out loud)

Willa - 588 sober days