MY NEW FACE-TO-FACE MEETING
Last night I attended a Big Book 'first meeting'. Judy recognized a need for a 6 PM Thursday time slot, so she brought her coffee pot, etc., and invited people to "suit up and show up". Judy, who I have known for 25 years--she would hate me for this--is the 'founder' of this start-up, and we do 164 pages, one sentence at a time. Rather than read out a whole chapter, we do a lot more dissecting, which some like, and some do not. This first meeting we read a half page of "Forward to the First Edition"--you know--the one which begins, "We of Alcoholics Anonymous, are more than 100 men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body."
Actually, I've learned there were 87 members at that time, and many of them got drunk...but ya know, that's what alcoholics DO--DRINK! That's why we're HERE. "...to stay sober..."!!! Right? And to help others! Right? (Let's DO-IT--that 'other' four-letter word!)
So twelve of us gathered for this first session, and we sure hit it off! I'll be back next Thursday. Later, at the large (150-200 persons) 8 PM 'cookie meeting' I found out that two from our 'start-up' meeting were speakers at the 'cookie' meeting and another was chairperson, and three more were attendees. Wow, since I get to so many meetings these days, I'm finding that so do lots of others--winners!
But I'm gonna tell you all a secret now. My FAVORITE meeting is right here on line with YOU AA Anonymous bloggers. I would NEVER have figured that I could come to know so well, and care so much for others, having never met them, face-to-face.
Of course, I can 'hide' here a little of myself. OTOH (On The Other Hand) in the course of writing my thoughts...I can be EVER more truthful. And I am CERTAIN, that even though my (and your) comments are nearly always most agreeable, there is loads of help and support going out from these keyboards every hour of every day. I have learned to trust you, and--in a fashion--bare my soul to you on occasion. You are SO kind, caring and loving, in return.
After all, Who is in charge here? Why--wouldn't ya know?...GOD! And I see Him working through your Blog entries, and comments, time after time. I am so grateful He has allowed me to find this place, which is like another 'home'...another meeting, another whole world of God's gifts.
At this 'new' meeting, I met a girl interested in our blogging community, and she has now posted, for her first time in any place on the Internet. Her name is Prayer Girl--and I know for a fact, that is not a misnomer. She is a wonderful person, God has smiled on her and showered her with many gifts, which she may divulge in time--or not. If you have a moment, please welcome Prayer Girl to this wonderful "other way of AA life". God blesses you ALL, and me, too. And He loves you all, and so do I,