These days I am up early (and late to bed!). I love 'first-light'. In a pre-coffee instant this morning, my eye focused on a favorite back-yard tree, my Wild Tamarind, a four-foot high bush seven years ago—now a 50-foot tree!
A pattern of lace formed itself against the morning sky, and during that momentary 'second light from the east' (like the second click of a three-way bulb), I saw vision-like images dancing there. These composed the background for my reveries. I share with you those thoughts:
...was of a beautiful, wonderful moment last Thursday night when I got to present a happy Prayer Girl (Anna, my wife) with her 26th sober Anniversary chip, in front of 160 AA Peeps.
How blessed we all are here in AA, to share with our friends the ups and downs of life to receive--and give--spiritual and other support with people who truly love us, some unconditionally.
Many are not aware that wherever I go, whatever city, whatever country in the whole wide world, there is an AA meeting near enough. Even if in a foreign language they are speaking, I can understand—because in recovery, in a real sense there is but one language. And that is Love.
Definition of spirituality: helping others with no ulterior motive...whatsoever! Remember that prayer?
And “the power to carry that out!”
Woman at AA meeting this morning tearfully told our group of about 80 Peeps that her husband Tom died a week ago at age 61. (Lung cancer discovered June 24, died July 26.) He was a friend of mine, rode the same kind of scooter as me (big one!), and both she and Tom are recovering alcoholics (he is 'recovered'). Where did she go, to be consoled? Her 7 AM meeting of alcoholics. Impressive.
Topic at that same meeting: Honesty! Imagine, 80 Peeps who had developed to a high degree the fine arts of lying, cheating, stealing, adulteries, abusing, hiding, fighting and other psychoses...discussing honesty at 7 AM!!!
Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book has a printed list of wonderful personal gifts, 'promises' for those who work the Steps. One promise is missing. To me, most important, for it is the ONLY real and true guarantee which is offered without reservation: “IF I DON'T DRINK...I WON'T GET DRUNK”.