I went to my home group AA meeting last night. It was the first time I have been there since I left on my road trip in June. I told a couple of people I was going away, but I am not sure of the proper protocol, so I did not make an announcement. I guess it got around about when I should be back.
They actually missed me!!
They were keeping track and knew I would/should be back the first Monday in July and they were happy to see me!! There were warm homemade cookies! (Not specifically for me, but coincidence?? I think not!)
I have never experienced the kind of acceptance and warmth that is found in the rooms of AA. Complete strangers with whom I have shared sordid stories, embarrassing drunken moments and my mortification of being an alcoholic and stepping through the door for the first time. They welcomed me back like a friend who has been away for too long. Three or four people sought me out after the meeting to see how I was doing, and stayed late to talk to me.
To say it warmed the cockles of my heart is an understatement. These people have only known me for 4 months and they honestly care about my well being.
At times it is incomprehensible.
I am so lucky to have found this program and the people who attend the meetings, are beyond compare. No where else in my experience have I been treated so well by so many in such a short amount of time.
I am truly grateful to all whom have touched my heart.
Among those are my fabulous sponsor who spends many days talking me out of a tree. Today was another one of those days. She asked that I end my day with a list of gratitude’s, so here it goes:
I am grateful for the delicious coffee that started my day, having a new friend to run with, the amazing thunderstorms that rolled through this afternoon, and 220 days of sobriety. Hard fought for some days, but today is a day that ends in a zero, 220, so it is super special. Too bad I ate all the chocolate cream pie while I was up in the tree!
Good night all, have deep and wonderful sober sleep. I am always grateful to wake up and feel great, I hope you all feel that way too! Stay excellent!