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

Friday, October 9, 2009

SATURDAY'S THOUGHTS


AVOID CHAOS--MEDITATE

YES, IT DOES WORK!

Whoever reads these blogs must know how much I love my scooter, and riding, rain or shine, anywhere and everywhere. (No ice or snow!)  So imagine this old guy--me--zooming along the Interstate, with a tire iron in my hand.  Now picture me bending forward, reaching outward and sticking that tire iron into my front wheel spokes at 75 mph.  Catastrophe, yes? Absurd, yes?  Maybe not!  It happens in my life, in the lives of people I know...and I've been informed we are all pretty much alike in humanness.

Each day I have capableness to put the tire iron into my life-spokes, at high speed--NOW!  In other words, if I would just wait, think, talk to my "adult supervisor" (read: sponsor) and look ahead, and "Just Be Real", it might not happen.

And if I make use of God's words, which come to me through other Peeps, I will probably ride right over that next hill, around the next curve (awww, peeps--in the highway, right?) safely, and happily reach wherever I am going.  Even if I myself, as often is the case, do not know where that is.


This wonderful program of Alcoholics Anonymous and its twelve Steps has given me many safety nets, to "save me from myself".  Prominent among them is Prayer.  Meditation is another.  Please, peeps, stay with me here--let us really DO these things!  Let's MAKE the lists of inventory, defects, people we have wronged.  I must be ready for God to take away all my crappy thinking, and behaviors.  AND--I must make amends, even the (shudder) "financial" payback of what I owe. I must pray.  I must meditate.  In other words, I must change!

Remember when earlier I mentioned chaos and catastrophe?  These are a result of life situations, which most assuredly will lead me back to my drinking life of oblivion in a matter of days, and certain death to follow--this is me.  And I really do not wish ever to be there again.

And so, this morning at a meeting we read page 89 in our Big Book, Chapter 7, titled "Working With Others".  It begins with a basic reality, and TRUTH:   "Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics.  It works when other activities fail. This is our twelfth suggestion:  Carry this message to other alcoholics! You can help when no one else can...."

These formula have worked for millions of sober peeps.  They have worked for me.  And I am sure they work for you peeps also.  (It's just that I have to go to meetings so that I remember them--grin!)


Stay sober, Peeeperoni!
Be grateful!

Peace.
Love.



15 comments:

Prayer Girl said...

No wonder I won't ride with you on your scooter anymore. There is always the possibility of that dang tire iron in the front wheel spokes at 75 mph. :)

As a matter of fact, 75 mph without a tire iron is enough to keep me in my wonderful new car instead.

TO: MY MOST SPECIAL PEEP
FROM: YOUR LOVING PEEP - ME

linda said...

so sweet, the little love note:)

~~~~another note however...

I am not much of a god person, and not an alcoholic either, tho there was a time I wondered after the fact, so am beginning to think that this place is not for the likes of myself, dear steve...I have no way to relate it would seem...meditation and prayer yes and God/Goddess/Buddha yes, but ...are we bordering a tad close to missionary work here? I am new to you so this might be the way it's always been on your blog, given the tenets of 12 steps...

no? well...I just thought I'd share with you a perspective from another part of the neighborhood, meant only in the kindest of intentions...I would love to know more about you than your alcoholism, like your music for instance, your hopes and dreams, both met and not, your family, your pets, your loves, your garden, anything about you but religiosity.

there are many "good" books and many bad preachers, priests and good old boys hiding in the bathroom down the hall....and my dad always told me he prayed every second, talked to Jesus like he was walking right next to him[nickname:Jesus H Christ] and I think you have a sense of a little about him...hr liked little girls in a bad way.

yes, no doubt, I do carry just a wee bit of anger toward 'get me some of that down home religion' ...
xox

Steve E. said...

FAR FROM ORDINARY

Will the person called "Far From Ordinary" please turn on her 'comments'??? I want to respond to your sponsor issue...

PEACE

wolfie185 said...

I am with you on the needing to go to meetings to remember stuff, there are a lot of things beside just working with others I will forget if I don't go meetings.


Another great post.

Peace and Sobriety rocks!!

Andrew said...

Ah yes, the self sabotage. God, save me from my self.

enchantedoak said...

Before my relapse after 15 years of sobiety, I stopped doing the steps. Too busy for newcomers and service. I love that line you quoted: nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. That's one of my many mantras now. Peace to you from the psychiatric ward, which I leave tomorrow!!! Hallelujah, I didn't drink, just sought help from the pros. Thanks for your comments on my posts; they really help keep me going.
Chris A

Dulce said...

You are cool and cute as noone can be. Take care, wiil you? 75 mph is too fast for any vehicle, especially a scooter in the rain... beautiful image though!
ha ha ha. Take care and thanks for this post.
When will the next poem come out???

Scott said...

such a simple answer to a complicated mess... work with others, get out of your self...

amazing how simply put God's answers are... so simple, we often can't/won't see them

Angeles said...

Hi Steve, thanks for your visit, my English is not good but I understand enough.
Anthony De Mello is one of my favorite authors, especially the Song of the Bird.
I'll add you and continue reading.
Kisses:)

Patty said...

I really like the visual and I will remember that the next time I get ready to say or do something without checking in with the Big Guy first. Thanks Steve.

Dulce said...

Hey! you are getting a few followers from this part of My world... You peep are so great !!!?

Alice Audrey said...

Put the tire iron down, Steve. We'd all rather see you scooting along happily.

Blythe Landry said...

love it steve..you are the best..

sam and I are back in swing..thanks for continuing to be such a support:)

Just Be Real said...

Stevie you are such a sweetie, tire iron and all. Great post dear one. Blessings....

Syd said...

I'm glad that you got that tire fixed and didn't take a diverting fall that killed you. Glad that you fell into God's hands.