Saturday, June 20, 2009

Saturday Gratitudes

Tonight I am grateful for a wonderful AA home group who love me and surroud me with love and acceptance. I wasn't in the meeting room more than 5 minutes when someone asked me what was wrong and gave me a hug. I told them I didn't want to go there and just said that I was sad. They asked if they could share in my grieving.

Normally I only share for a few minutes in a meeting. I am very aware I am not the only one to share and I keep it brief. Today I took up more than enough time sharing. Most of the people in the room I hardly knew. Several of my home group were absent. But people recognize pain and I shared mine with them. They honoured it.

Afterwards I was able to go spend some time with a friend who has asked me to write her life story in book form. About all I can say about it is that for her to tell her story is to put family members in her home country in danger because of political unrest. I am honoured she is trusting me with her story. I trained in journalism a lifetime ago and still love to dig deeper into people's stories and ask the hard questions. It will be a long project to get her story on paper. Tonight I realized we will have to print it with an alias for myself as well in order to protect her further.

When I was done in town I drove to my sponsor's house and we sat outside and talked for nearly two hours straight. Her experience, strength and hope are a beacon of light for me. She is the person I love the most in the program.

It's a calm summer evening here. There will be maybe an hour of dusk tonight and then the sky will begin getting brighter. Unless I wake up at 2 AM I will be able to see the trees out the window from night until morning. I love this time of year.

I am enjoying a pot of peppermint tea from leaves I just plucked from a pot of herbs on my deck. It doesn't take much for me to feel content.

7 comments:

Steve E. said...

So MANY bloggers are, or have been, in journalism. (Almost sounds like "alcoholism"!) You all write so well.

The people you write for are fortunate to have someone so aware of their political problems and other ramifications. as you. That is one reason god will bless your work!

Just Be Real said...

So that you were feeling sad, but so glad you did go to the meeting and then afterwards meet up with your awesome sponsor! Blessings dear one.

Rikkij said...

Hope, that last line was wonderful. hold to that always. You sound inwardly happy. That's a good thing. nice post. ~rick

thegentlepath said...

Peppermint tea is on my gratitude list too. Bracing, yet relaxing with such a clean, green smell.

annie said...

Sounds so peaceful...

VICKI IN AZ said...

Thank you for sharing your joy with us.

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