Today I was asked to speak at the rather large "cookie meeting" October 9. That will be fun for me, because it is the group where I walked into Alcoholics Anonymous for the first and only time in March 1974. There is only one lady left from those long-ago days. She is in Alanon. She is not young. About 200 people usually go there on Thursday nights.
I have many friends who attend regularly--from other groups. A lot of us go to a lot of meetings, and feel very much at home in a lot of groups.
My Home Group is the New Dawn 6 AM and 7 AM every day, and I go there every day.
Also I'm speaking at the ******Club October 18, that's a Saturday 8 PM. It's called a "structured" meeting, because men must remove their hats. I laugh at this--should not men remove their hats ANYWAY? And they require that the speaker wear a tie. I might wear a tie, might not.
I used to say,
in an UNhumble way,
"I only wear a tie when they pay me."
But that thinking is in the past also, so I'll put on a (Ughhhhh!) clean shirt and a tie, no doubt.
Also I was asked to chair for October the Tuesday morning 7 AM meeting which is a Topic-discussion. That will be easy. After all these years, I have beaucoup topics, except when I 'blank out'.
And these people are my friends, at least that's the way I see them. Often I hear God speak to me--through them. That used to be the only way I could be reached by God, through others. But sometimes (seldom) he sneaks into my brain while I'm meditating, with no distractions--none.
Also Anna and I and about 250 others who we have not yet met, are going on an AA cruise leaving October 26 returning November 2. There will be many more people aboard than us alkies, but a coffee room will be open 24/7 for that week, and we'll have meetings, meetings, etc.
Seems as if God thinks I need some extra doses of humility this month, or maybe these activities have piled up, for me to just see if I can Keep a tiny bit of humility? It's in His hands anyway, because that's where I've put it all.
Also playing masses at St Elizabeth Seton is a weekly thing for me now, this week Saturday at 4:30, and Sunday at 7:30. The times are my choices. I love doing that. But the congregation likes it all so much also, that I have to keep my ego in check. I just remember that I'm using God's gifts, in His house, for His people, and many other persons are engaged in many other activities, most of which are not so visible (nor aural!). But ALL are so very worthy.
This Sunday at 1 PM, lots of bikers (and me) are assembling in Naples, to ride to Bonita Springs to attend a memorial service for AA biker Tim G. He was killed recently when a truck slammed into his Harley. His wife sustained severe injuries also (on her own Harley) in the same accident. She will be there Sunday.
I've never ridden with a hundred bikers before this. Of all the things I have going, this is the one which scares me. Maybe (oh, this again?) let go, and let God? Hmmmmmm?
I wish you all Sobriety, Peace, and God's love.