I have a couple of things on my agenda over the next two weeks. One is a meeting today to become an advisor for a local non-profit group that is conducting a study of water quality in the Harbor. I don't have any idea what the work load will be so I want to find out more before I formally accept.
I have to say that I'm enjoying the freedom of not having too many commitments. I generally go to three Al-Anon meetings a week, meet with a couple of sponsees, workout with a personal trainer twice a week, and go to a couple of sailing club meetings a month. I have freed my schedule so that a couple of days a week, I don't leave the property. It feels good to not have "must do" things hanging over my head. Sailing and visiting the parents-in-law are things that I do, but without a set schedule. So, I am cautious about taking on more things.
A major commitment that I have made is to attend Sea School in June so that I may obtain my Captain's license. I have been prepping for this through other courses over the past couple of years, and now it's time to do the final preparation to take the Coast Guard exam. This will involve three intense weekends back to back, Friday through Sunday, and will include an upgrade to Master. I have no idea what I will use the license for as the idea of chartering my sailboat is not something that I want to do. But that may change at some point. I know that doing eco-tours is something I enjoy, but dealing with the public on my boat feels like a serenity breaker.
Lately, I've been thinking about commitment with sponsoring. I called a few fellows I took through the steps and made plans to meet up with one of them next week for lunch. I hear from two others on a regular basis and am working through the steps with another one every Tuesday. I haven't heard from a couple of the others for months. I know that they still attend meetings, but I no longer feel connected to what they are doing. A friend suggested that without regular contact, I am no longer their sponsor. I don't have hard rules about their calling me on a regular basis. But I would still like to be connected to them. So I have called each person. The rest is not up to me.
Also, I haven't had face to face time with my local sponsor in a couple of months. He emails and we occasionally talk on the phone. I feel disconnected there as well. I don't think there is a substitute for having face to face time. I talk to my original sponsor weekly. He is adjusting to life on the other coast. I know that no matter what, I can pick up the phone and give him a call, and he will listen to what I have to say.
Perhaps, the first experience with a sponsor is the one that sticks and is the yardstick for all others. I don't know, but I often long for those times when we would read and study the steps together. I feel like I am on my own now. Yet, I know that there are friends in program I can talk to. Somehow, it just isn't the same as having a sponsor who knows all about me.
I have often longed for the way things used to be--fresh starts, beginnings in relationships and knowledge. I see such sentiment as the melancholy part of my personality that doesn't like changes that involve loss. But I know the solution is to be in this day and this moment. And to take action that will be positive and progressive. Every day can be a fresh start.