Monday, November 14, 2011
I don't know that I could get through an evening like the ones we used to have at parties. Al-Anon says that I can be happy whether the alcoholic is drinking or not. Somehow the happiness eludes me when someone I love is drunk and making an ass of themselves. Maybe it's because I was totally sober. My solution for big parties where there is a lot of drinking is to not go. Or if I go, to leave when I start to feel uncomfortable. The choices I have put me at ease now. It's good to know that I don't have to feel bound to do something out of some kind of co-dependent obligation.
After just a few days of talking and emailing caregivers for the parents, we were able to find a wonderful couple who have accepted the position. They are enthusiastic, capable and up for the challenge. All the concerns that we both had about finding someone weren't necessary. Amazing how things fall into place. As my sponsor would say, "The Higher Power likes to show off from time to time."
Tomorrow, we are going out on the water for another day of fishing. The weather is supposed to be beautiful. The moon was rising as I was driving home. It must be the harvest moon because it was huge in the sky. We are in the midst of a pretty time of year here. The trees are colorful, the nights are cool, and the days are warm and sunny. The tourists have mostly gone home so the beaches and waterways aren't crowded.
Today all seems to fit together in a way that feels good.
Anxiety is love's greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic. ~Anais Nin