Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year's Day

First, Happy New Year to all. Whether you stayed up to ring in the new year or went to sleep at 10:30, I hope you had a good evening.

For the past two days I have been listening to a fifth step by a sponsee. The first day of his story left me feeling drained. I could feel the shadow person sitting near with all the dismal retrospective thinking coming out. I can identify with his story. Although the actions aren't the same, the thinking behind them was mine.

Yesterday, after a prayer to just let me be God's ears, I felt lighter as I listened. I didn't feel heavy in my heart. I believe that there is still unresolved stuff that was brought out as I listened. But I had a lot of compassion for him and for myself which made the dark less ominous.

I think that this fifth step experience reminded me once again that God is there no matter how dark the situation may seem or how troubling the story may be.


  1. Happy 2010 Syd.....Wishing you and your wife a brave, fun and loving recovering year ahead.

    Here is my new blog, hope you will continue to visit!


  2. The gift you gave by just listening with a caring heart is all that is needed. I know God was there with you both. Happy New Year Syd.


  3. Syd,Happy new Year to you and your wife.I hope that you have a blessed year

  4. Syd, I went to bed at 7:30, I was sick!! But Andrew told me the ball did drop on schedule.

  5. I find there are many things I cannot do without God's power. When I am going through the steps with a sponsee, especially step 5, I must have God with me.

    Happy New Year, Syd, again.

  6. As a matter of fact...I think the darker it is the more possibility to see GOD...I don't know why, I just do.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR SYD. One of the best blogs I read and am looking forward to enjoying many more of your posts.

    Thank you for this work.

  7. The last time I did a fifth step with someone, it felt like God was sitting at the table, helping the words to pour out of her and helping my ears to hear the root conditions for present troubles. It was an awesome afternoon. I praise God for the privilege of being there for that young woman to tell her heart and soul to.

  8. I've heard one fifth step but had not thought of it in years. Thanks for the reminder Syd.

    May you know health, happiness and prosperity in the new year.

  9. I think that God is always with us if we want God with us. This was a nice reminder for the new year...

    many blessings to you and your wife and your life and to many more wonderful blogs and amazing bloggers!


  10. It's quite an experience.
    Happy New Year, Syd.

  11. God is with me NMW (No Matter What!)

    Just as I do not drink, NMW (No Matter What!)

    Syd, I'll bet when you nail some material together, there are NO hammer marks except in the nail head.
    I'll just BET!

    You a GREAT blogger, man.

  12. Happy New Year to one of the stellar bloggers. You rock. (and I think a 5th step that takes more than one sitting is a trial, sorry...)

  13. Happy New Year, Syd.

    Please keep writing. I am so glad I can come here and see how you approach and tackle stuff. Means a lot.

    Thank you so much.

  14. It's so interesting to get the Alanon side of this horrible disease called Alcoholism, Syd. You do good work and here's hoping you have a wonderful 2010.

  15. God is here or, in my opinion, we're all screwed. Great post. I just recommended a post you wrote in March 2007 about the 3-Cs. Wow, you've been writing good for a long time. Have a blessed future.

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  17. "...that God is there no matter how dark the situation may seem or how troubling the story may be."

    True, that.

    Happy new year.

    Blessings and aloha...


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