Sunday, August 16, 2009


This has been a quiet weekend. We decided to take some time off the boat. So I went to a Friday night meeting.

There was a newcomer there who reminded me of myself. He shared what could have been my story. After the meeting, the fellowship surrounded him, gave him phone numbers, and invited him to a restaurant where a group of us went. I really like to see newcomers surrounded with love. I believe that he already has a grasp of what the program has to offer. I hope that he keeps coming back.

Yesterday we slept in, and then we went to brunch at a nearby restaurant. It was nice to read the paper, have coffee, and take all the time we needed.
Later, we went for a walk on the beach. All of this makes me grateful for the many blessings that I have.

I know that without the program of recovery I would have spent my weekend filled with worry, obsessing over the alcoholic and feeling sorry for myself. I'm glad that I'm in a better place today. I hope that you are also in a good place today.


  1. I am and am totally grateful for it.

  2. today is awesome. glad your weekend (and life) are full today.

  3. I am in a really good place today. I try to take everything one day at a time and I am grateful one day at a time.

    What a blessing it is for you to live near the beach.

    Actually, I live about 8 miles from the beach, but don't go there as often as I think I would enjoy. Why? I have no clue. Well, maybe it's because I don't do well with the extreme heat and the tropic sun in SW Florida.

    When I do go, I like early morning or evening.


  4. your weekend sounds just right! may your week be the same...

  5. I am where God wants me to be. And it feels just right.

  6. This scenario is so different from what I experienced in Al-Anon. I was not that far removed from the deep south, living in the "north" in a large city known for its transient nature. I used to think I was so guarded that I couldn't find a meeting that felt right for me. But now I realize I was pulling a self-blame thing. Plus, even in the meetings where everyone seemed to know each other, they probably didn't. Or maybe they did but did not want to put the energy into a newcomer if that person wasn't going to come back. Since no doubt it happened so often.

    It's an interesting perspective, "seeing" Al-Anon in such a different way.

  7. Nice to be where we're supposed to be when we're supposed to be there. I'm glad for both of us...

    Blessings and aloha...

  8. I am in a hungover place today, Syd, but it's not a bad place.

    Sending love,


  9. I had a relapse today. I am not ready to make amends yet, but when I get uncomfortable enough, I will. I am grateful for the newcomers that remind me why I keep coming back. thanks!



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