DRINKING ALCOHOL TAUGHT ME HOW TO FLY
THEN IT TOOK AWAY THE SKY

Friday, September 12, 2008

UP AND DOWN WE GOES, AND WHERE WE STOP....



WHAT A RIDE!


Riding to the "cookie" meeting last night, I thought to myself, "Steve, you've been to two AA meetings today. Why are you going to a third? What's the motive here? Are you climbing back on that old roller coaster?"


Well, for one thing, I absolutely adore riding my bike. Two, I absolutely love chocolate chip cookies. Three, I felt a strong desire to 'be at that place'. And, to be honest, an AA meeting room is a very comfortable spot, like the TV saloon CHEERS, (Where Evr'ybody knows your name?). But I still was not sure, just why was I going to #3 meeting last night? (As if I have to be so positive about my every activity any more -grin-.)

My answer arrived on two legs, as I was 'dismounting' my bike, I spotted a young fellow, looking lost. He was holding a clipboard and a pencil -grin-. So I joined him, and together we walked the 'green mile', that long sidewalk leading to the meeting room. Naturally, I asked him the usual questions, "Are you new here? What's you name? Ever been before to a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous?"

He was brand new. So I told him, since there's between 150-200 people at this meeting, to follow me, and I'll show him where to sit, etc. (Ha! I'll show him the ropes!)

Wonder of wonders, he did follow me! He sat with me, asked some questions, etc. I (sort of forced?) got him to stand when the chairperson asked if there were any newcomers, etc. And I noticed he DID listen to the (two) speakers. Later, I literally pushed him out to the front of the room to receive his 24-hour chip. And we exchanged phone numbers. He admitted that he'd earlier planned to sit quietly in the back of the room, didn't cherish"being made a spectacle of..." We sat in the 'meditation' area of the church yard for some minutes, talking. I'm certain he had no plan to include ME into his first meeting!

Also, I'm just as certain that God 'showed me' exactly why I rode down town to that meeting! The kid is probably today climbing on that old roller coaster, which is so familiar to many of us. Don't know if I'll catch him at the top, or at the bottom, or at ALL. What happens is ALWAYS in God's Hands. That is one thing I DO know!

TICKETS, PLEASE?

roller-roni

13 comments:

Mary Christine said...

That picture makes my hands sweat.
Glad you were there for the new guy.

Lou said...

That was inspirational. I bet if I look around I can find someone God has put in my path today.
Thanks, Steve-O-Insights.

J-Online said...

What a wonderful thing you did. I always appreciate people coming up to me and introducing themselves when I try out a new meeting.

Syd said...

I'm glad that you were there for him. It sounds like he needed a ticket to the AA ride.

Kristin H. said...

In one post, you described to a 'T' how the program of AA works. One day that young man will know just how lucky he is.

Gabriella Moonlight said...

I am so glad you were there, there's always a reason when we let go and let our HP do for us and answer for us what we cannot for ourselves. I love the "roller-roni"!

Love,
Gabi

~Tyra~ said...

He'll never forget you I'm sure. I know I remember well who made a point of welcoming me my first meeting.

Shadow said...

hiya! he's an awfully lucky kid to be under your wing, roller-roni. and you like to ride your bike so you go to meetings?!?!?! hmmmm, i venture a guess that there's quite a bit of truth in that. i know hubby finds things to do just to go for a ride... have a fab friday!!!

Akannie said...

...and this is HOW it works!!!!!

(I once rode a backwards roller coaster...and not only did it make my hands sweat (MC) it nearly made me pee my pants!! lol)

Have a grand weekend, y'all...

pat said...

Where we are at is exactly where we are suppose to be. In your case, you were exactly where you were needed the most.

J-Online said...

Thanks so much for the call tonight from you and Anna. It meant the world to me. You are both wonderful and I'm so grateful to have you guys as friends in my life. Blessings to you both and thanks for making my evening!

TraceyBaby said...

Very nice, Steve. I'm sure you were lead there also. I sometimes like to go run errands because I like to drive around and listen to music. My care is just a Forester but I like it. ;-)

Is your wife riding her bike or still learning?

johno said...

I completely agree!! I have often turned up to a meeting and wondered exctly why i "felt" the urge. The answer is often revealed during the meeting, though sometimes days and weeks after the reason often comes.

As my old sponsor says.. good work!!