Friday, May 22, 2009


The same man who wrote this:

"Humor is the prelude to faith,
Laughter the beginning of prayer!"

and this:

"What is funny about us is precisely that we take ourselves too seriously."

wrote also the following:

"The Serenity Prayer.....

GOD, grant me the Serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
and the Wisdom to know the difference."

Yep, I do know there's more, but believe me,
I am lucky to remember this much!

And I DO remember the first meeting I ever 'chaired', when it came the "moment of silence...followed by".......crap! All I could remember was the first word, so I said it, more or less like, "Oh, GOD..." and the whole room chimed in with, ..."grant me the serenity, etc."

As you can see, I had support right from the beginning of my AA 'career'! Hopefully, when I notice a newbie struggling with whatever service she/he is performing, I am there to offer loving support instead of hateful ridicule...or a prideful, "I told you so."

That's enough from me for now, I have a need to let you know once again that I am in love with Alcoholics Anonymous, and with our small, united blogging community.

"Thank You" does not properly express my gratitude. I must show you my appreciation by working with others, and performing with a smile what little is asked of me. And yes, I do these few things with enthusiasm and with love. Ask anyone around here.

Peace, and Love,
Steve E


vicariousrising said...

Laughter is a wonderful gift of sobriety.

Shadow said...

aaah, help when you need it. that's what friends are for.

Gin said...

Have a great weekend Steve.

Prayer Girl said...

Love, support, and guidance for the newcomer - that's the ticket.

That's what I found when I arrived and it saved my life.


Kathy Lynne said...

I had a moment like that...chaired our Stepsisters meeting, read the greetings and then I had to read the preamble...couldn't get through it..just started crying...the women next to me took the binder and finished the meeting....the room enveloped me after the meeting...in laughter ("I cried all the time too..but never during the preamble!")..("your gratitude cup runneth over!")...it was one of the more beautiful moments even though at the time I was mortified.

Ed G. said...

...thank YOU...

Anonymous said...

(waving) Hiiii Steve! Have a great weekend :)

Indigo said...

I need to remember to laugh more often. Have an awesome weekend dear friend.(Hugs)Indigo

Lou said...

Mr. Niebuhr was very prolific with the pen;)

clean and crazy said...

hi steve, it is good to read this blog, i have been away for too long.

Mike Golch said...

Steve,great posting and I hope that you have a great weekend.