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

Saturday, October 11, 2008

I'M JES" SAYIN'....


Steve at his computer after Miami loss...

Miami Dolphins is MY TEAM, guys. And it breaks my heart to lose to Houston by one lousy point! (And I probably just lost six readers!) Have to find some replacements, maybe Kyle will start reading my blog?

GIVING
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Ya know, sometimes I meet someone coming in the door of Alcoholics Anonymous, who is really down-for-the-count. And I have a natural tendency to want to help....e.g., give him/her a few bucks.


Then I think, hell no, he'll just go and drink it up, etc. But ya know, in 'giving', I give, not directing how it'll be spent. I've heard that we should take the person out to lunch, instead of giving him cash. Well, OK, whatever...the point is--"giving".


Yep, giving...good for the soul. The most rewarding 'giving' is to give someone in need, something to fill that need (Like a gift certificate to a grocery store?). And I do it ANONYMOUSLY! Doesn't that sound COOL? Yes, it is the ultimate "cool'! They usually suspect "who did it?" But they never know for sure! Cool! I cannot help but think that my Higher Power enjoys that, also?

"In giving, do not let the left hand know what the right hand is doing!", as the saying goes...


I WAS THERE (AGE 8)


Returning from a hard day's work in the fields, they used to say to the hired hands, sitting high atop the mule-drawn wagonload of hay (the workers were by then guzzling their White Port), "Don't fall off the wagon!"

I always thought they meant actually 'fall off the wagon' which was piled high with the last hay load of the day. ...and by gosh, that's what they DID mean! Wonder if that's where the term originated? Well, it surely affects my sobriety, not knowing the correct answer to this and other similar questions!


UNSEEN SPIRIT


Occasionally I 'feel' a presence in a room with me, or on the highway, or in a field, or in a church, or in an AA meeting, or as I drop off to sleep. I wonder, was that the "Unseen Spirit" about which we've all read and heard? I like meditating on the 'Unseen Spirit'. I like meditating! That might be a fewtchah topic one day soon. Ha! Now steveroni is into "Previews of Coming Attractions"--holy crap! -big grin-

12 comments:

Kristin H. said...

I think you may be right about the "falling off the wagon" thing! Learn something new everyday over at Steve-a-roni's...

Zanejabbers said...

Steveeroni, you're a late poster like me. Thanks for tonightrs post.

Shadow said...

aaah, falling off the wagon. that was interesting! and giving is good. giving is more rewarding to me than receiving. when i give, it's my choice. receiving can make me uncomfortable at times. can't quite explain this properly... but hey, it's sunday, the brain may take a rest today i say!

Scott said...

giving feels great because it's what we're here to do. I believe it's our job to help God and others. Through serving God and those about us, we get everything we need and more. I am third.

Lou said...

Thank you for the "giving without directing". I firmly believe that. When I give someone on the street money, I say a little prayer that it help get them through the next 24 hours. Putting conditions on giving is NOT giving in God's name.

johno said...

"In giving, do not let the left hand know what the right hand is doing!", as the saying goes...

i like this very much :)

Kathy Lynne said...

Wow! I just did that yesterday. One of the women from my morning group who has had a few years of sobriety is really struggling financially. She finally got her first paycheck after pulling her life together to find nothing left after insurance and other withholdings. It will get better in January but for now she's in trouble. I put $100 bucks in a card and left it in her mailbox. It's all I could do and it felt good to do it. Even better that she won't know its me. I saw others slipping her some cash after the meeting. It's amazing.

And Day 1: well I spent that day reading a blog from its beginning (your right about that)....reading posts on AA Beginners Group..searching out rehabs....just in case...and just trying not to drink. It took me 2 weeks to get to AA a large part due to the comments I received on my blog.

And if I post again on the meaning of Gospodi Pomiluj, noone will go back to find out what it is...:) but maybe that's a good title for a post...I feel I have received God's Mercy.

Akannie said...

Good post-a-roni...

I absolutely believe that giving is an unconditional act. I never give more than I can, but what I give, I give gladly.

My blessing mantra:
This is an Abundant Universe.
I always have more than I need.
I always have wealth to share.


Happy Sunday, xoxoxox

J-Online said...

AS and I were at the game today! DUH...I forgot your were a Dolphins fan. Sorry for the loss (well kind of). Rather, sorry you are suffering from the loss. Good Game though!!! hehe. Love ya....

Just Me said...

I know you are right...I am a double loser and that is what keeps me in my stupid marriage. I don't want to disrupt my kids' lives yet again.

Patty said...

Hey Steveroni, I think the falling off the wagon term came from the Oxford Group, thats what my grand sponsor told me. They used to actually take wagons and load up the drunks and sober them up. As for the money thing, well, I will help someone who is trying to recover and working a program. My friend will give money to anyone weather they are sober or not, she say's, maybe I can at least help them hit their bottom if they are not ready to get sober. One thing I have learned though is to GIVE UNCONDITIONALLY, so if I have conditions attached to that money, it stays in my wallet.

Anonymous said...

I have no sympathy for a Miami fan! KUTGW :)
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