Saturday, December 26, 2009


What an AA meeting would look like 
if nobody showed up

Christmas Day (yesterday) I had posted my own thoughts regarding religion, my church, and some such stuff. I expected one or two Peeps to comment "Separate your religion from your AA Program, etc." Nobody did that. In fact, the loyal ones who read AND (ahem!) comment were--surprising to me--very supportive and tolerant of another's (my) belief.

Dulce, SHADOW, Hope, Secretia, Kim, Pat, Christina, Selchie, BE REAL, Jessie, Ed G, Carol, Sylvia, Chris and Angeles
, Adrinna, wrote such great, supportive, intuitive and thoughtful words, that I wanted to shout for them today. Thank you SO much, Peeps--yours are definitely some of my favorite places to visit. (Hope I didn't miss anyone--if so, well...sorrrry!)

This day after Christmas, December 26, is the feast of St Stephen, a Greek Martyr (the first known and listed Martyr of the Christian church. He was stoned to death. My father was born this day, and named...Stephen, which became also my own name,
a.k.a., JUNIOR! (God! I hated that name, Junior.) My sister was called "Sissy"...she hated that one also, but I'm glad nobody ever EVAH called ME "Sissy".

TODAY'S POST however is an observation of some sayings at this morning's AA meeting, as so much of this applied to the way I lived my life:

"I needed and used lots of shoe boxes, bought lots of shoes, until I found that stores would supply me boxes without my purchasing shoes. I would use two, one for July, one for August, for all my unread mail--then two more, for September and October. All my greatest fears lived in shoe boxes;  bills for Power, telephone, IRS stuff, mortgage letters, credit card statements, etc., etc. Now my garage is full of empty shoe boxes, and I am sober."

"I used to change my goals to match my actions. Now, I change my behavior to meet my goals."

"I told my sponsor I had feelings of 'pending doom', and asked him what is that? He answered me, It IS Doom!  ...That's when I knew it was time to get real, to stop being foolish about life, lives, and love."

Peeps, there was one fellow sitting yesterday in the corner, looked like he was pondering the writings on some papers. When asked if he wanted to "share" (I still hate that SO-liberal word), he did:

"I was just going through my records...my jail time, and my State Prison records and my Federal prison sentence...and thinking how different life is this Christmas!"

Peeps, where in the world do you find someone at an AA meeting on Christmas morning at 7 AM, looking up his "Court Record"...and sober he IS!

Last one for this post, said by a young female school teacher:  "I've been drunk and in jail.  I've been sober. Sober is better!"

Enough for my thoughts this afternoon.  Peeps, let's "do" sober another day--today. And let us find peace in our lives...and let us LOVE one another all over the world.

In such, much Gratitude,
Steve E


Anonymous said...

Sobriety is our ticket for the actual reality show of life.

And we get to sit in the front row!

Dulcie said...

Hey Sweet Peep... here I am with my blogger connection problems... once in a while I get to... Glag I got this far totell you thank you... though mine was not that much...
Lovely story and experience you tell us today... as always my dear sweetest friend!

~Christina~ said...

Thank you for including me in your post today, Steve. And also for your loving comments on my little piece of bloginess. A shout out from you feels like a shout out from God. :)
(whom I know is your personal friend LOL)and mine.

Tis very warming to hear an ex-con share his gratitude on Christmas morning...and sober at that!

Carol said...

Thanks also for including me in your post. It wouldn't occur to me to judge your spirituality and/or program, it's so nice to not have to work for approval!

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

<3<3 Love you Steve!!!

Fireblossom said...

Silly me, I thought it was just Boxing Day! Funny thing about those saints and martyrs, preumably God's favorites, they all seem to meet grisly ends. What's up with that?

I hope your Christmas was a fine one, Steve.

Fireblossom said...


sobriety has not imprived my spelling!

Enchanted Oak said...

Hello, dear Stephen, glad I could help make your day complete. Your posts are always a delight.

Jason said...

You have a great blog here. It's a very interesting read. I have a blog myself which provides inspiration and guidance to people all around the world. Life is hard enough, and I'm hoping for my blog to be a place where people can go to hear the words the words they need to hear in order to brighten up their day.

I'd like to exchange links with you to help spread some traffic around. Please let me know if this is possible.


Mary LA said...

We are so lucky to live one day at a time!

Steve I battle to post on your comments, but I am reading

Anonymous said...

I'll take 'sober' any day.

Christine Macdonald said...

I love your heart. Here's to a new year of clean living, big loving and adventure having.


Angeles said...

Great Steveroni!!!
You are a Champion my friend!!
All what you write is great, you ever make me feel good.
I admire you

Thanks.•♥:.♫*for love and music.

Sylvia said...

You are a true inspiration. I love you! Best wishes, my friend.

Syd said...

It sounds like it was a good meeting. I especially like the fellow with the prison records.