The meeting tonight was a good one. For some reason, we were locked out of our usual meeting room, so we went into another part of the church and sat on the floor. It was a more relaxed feeling than sitting in chairs. Everyone was just sprawled out. I really like this meeting. There are usually about 30 people there and there are a lot of people who are thoughtful and have many years of recovery.
This isn't the meeting that the dominatrix runs. I go to four different Al-Anon meetings a week and several noon time AA meetings. I decided that the more meetings I go to the more I would learn. In addition, the dynamics of the individuals in the group and the variety of topics is good. Every group has a different feel to it. I get something from every meeting that I attend.
I have thought about Micky's parody of How It Works (see his comment on the Sept. 3 blog called How it Sucks). I think that Micky may have potential as a comedy writer because what he has written is quite clever. The strange thing about us Shift Shaping Reptiles that Micky doesn't understand is that I can read what he has written, see the humor in it, and not be offended. This part is especially interesting:
"There are those, too, who are gravediggers and undertakers, but many of them do become ZOMBIES if they have the capacity to be dishonest. Our stories disclose in a twisted way, who we like, what happened, and who we hate now. If you have decided you want a cup of tea and are willing to go to any lengths to become emotionally shutdown, SHIFT SHAPING REPTILES - then you are ready to take certain steps."
I would acknowledge that there are a lot of zombies out there who are dishonest. Lots of them are running the country, and then there are others who are just ordinary people in a state of denial about truth. And yes, I've written and talked about those I liked, what happened, and who I don't like now in my fourth and fifth step. That's a given for Al-Anon. I'm not so sure about reptiles being emotionally shutdown though. Take the iguanas that I recently saw in St. Thomas. They just seem serene to me--rather accepting and happy to lie about in the sun, eat mangoes, reproduce, and generally hang out. I think that I often emulate some of that behavior and it's not a bad life. One reptilian day at a time.