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October 6 2007

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All About? AA Alcoholics Anonymous Not!

There is more to life than being in the fellowship of AA. Although it feels like its got to be the biggest priority for me. My fellowship or our fellowship if you are in it. Makes me realise how life can be, kept simple and happy or sad as life is on life’s terms, best in reality.

Living In The Moment

Yes living being alive and aware of what is happening. The good or bad. As I am learning with any form of open honest sharing some want it, some are against it!

Fear of Life

Still holds true often as we venture out and try our best to make each day worthwhile. There were times I could not venture anywhere and for years, and now I can. A little less able? Actually quite a lot less able, but that is ok today.

Fear of?

A lot of fear for many around guilt shame and worse that others may know us as we really are. Has life become more open? For me yes. I am best served when people know me and what I deal with, or they treat me badly or inappropriately, or worse offer me help which is completely unhelpful.

Anonymous

Is an actual asset as we find our way from dark to better times without the drink in us alcoholics. Anonymity..

Anonymity does help provide sanctuary, where we can find our truth as we let go drink and get busy being sober. Life changes, we change and somehow we seem to adapt well, enjoy adapting and moving along in this new found freedom.

Any drinker gone too far, any smoker on a path to quit, anyone letting go something and moving on find they have time on their hands.

Fill the Gap

When I got to AA I was a twenty four hour a day drinker, no control and lost. When we stop drinking we need find ways to live and not fill the gap in our living with a lot of junk.

We can junk out all over as fads and cravings make us feel on edge for weeks and often months. We are agitated by life and not really enjoying it, until we find new elements to fill our being.

I am glad today, I can get out, enjoy the day and do something which pleases me and helps others. And just do something for me too.

Today is ok, just as it may be, till later




October 6 2006 [all about last year]

Fellowship

[excerpt] The changes in how we live. They seem small in some respects. Maybe in terms of what we used to do, spreading ourselves so thin, we maybe lost our impact. These days though, because we are more concentrated and present in a real life, our connection is the better and more rich because it is just that, clear and real.

So sometimes the tears are for the loss of what we may have done before, and there are also tears for the life today, more rich with more feel and more connection. In contrast to a superficial and thin indifferent existence. we get to a place where we can cherish all we have. To cherish the moment, our connection real to our surroundings and those we love is far better and more rewarding than a thin life we had where nothing touched our insides and the comfort came from drink. Our exchange is not fair, its far greater and more evocative of the person we become now, a more complete and present version of ourselves.

Yes it’s a medical check today, and its with my psychiatrist. Its better news I feel as my anxieties and general emotional well being has been stable since an addition of the medication for neuropathy. And of course a consultation which made clear why I have been in so much pain and difficulty this last year..

Other matters first

I went out to a meeting last night, it was a good move on my part even though it was rainy and blustery. Combining the Cat sitting as part of the Journey into Chelsea meant there were not extra trips. And this was just right as trying the cycle would not have been possible. Between trying to improve walking and cycling, there are pro’s and cons. I walk my "dog’s bark," I cycle and aggravate my hips and back. Now somewhere in between there must be some safe place to exercise and get a regime working. Or I am to do the exercises the physio gave me to improve my mid body strength. The physio wins once the other pains and strains subside. Waiting for buses is really difficult as my feet feel like they are on hot coals and nothing will alleviate, even shuffling from foot to foot just makes it worse. And buses and queues, smiles I need to avoid standing as much as possible and not moving. I am learning!

I finally got in touch with emergency housing too, to let them know there have been some changes in health. I have been putting it off hoping that exercise would make the situation get better and unfortunately seems the opposite is true. They will send me a form to fill in. Maybe this will mean I can be eligible for somewhere with less stairs to climb, that is when I am eligible and have enough waiting time. Anyways I don’t hold my breath, but they were keen to know what the situation is now and that will have some bearing on what might be available. The worry is for me it puts me into even more restricted categories and there are many more like me waiting, than in the just plain ordinary homeless category. Time will tell I guess. More acceptance.

My Meeting

I had a few moments to spare and had a coffee. I met another fellow in the Café Nero. We chatted and he was interested in my websites, so I told him the address. Its not hard to work out what it is! I left my brolly in the Café Nero by mistake and it was shut by the time I got back. Oh Well..

Traditions and Fellowship

I am part of a fellowship and as I mentioned in my meeting I have a new qualification to put on my CV. It looks interesting and is sort of impressive to me. The letters would read FAA. Now for most of us, our letters after the name might read for a qualification like a degree, BA or BSc, or MBA even. FAA though if asked can stand for Fellow of Alcoholics Anonymous. To be a fellow of something, now for me this is impressive, a Fellow, smiles here. And the good news with the FAA qualification, is we never graduate, we just remain Fellows in a Fellowship. We can view this with some esteem I feel as to be an FAA, means one day at a time we live soberly and to our best purpose, living life a day at a time.

Our meeting was all about the traditions of AA and in particular our ninth tradition, "A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve."

This thing of AA not being an organisation is fundamental to my recovery. Its about us all being equal and we all have a say. And more, we cannot tell others what to do, and individuals in AA are and will remain free to do as they please, our fellowship relies on our single purpose of recovery and not in being an organisation full of rules and regulations. We are just a fellowship where people come and join in to keep sober a day at a time. Our anarchic fellowship with a bunch of suggestions to living soberly, and traditions which mean we have freedom to live our lives as we can, simply without a drink inside us.

So we all had quite a lot to say, and we all relish our uniqueness and our individuality. And we all live one day at a time, equally as life allows us and we joining in life because we are present and in command of our faculties.

So I feel most of us got a lot out of the meeting and I did. It was validation of me as an individual, doing my best as life allows and enables to get on with it, a day at a time. Good news for me and all who know me. And our fellowship, well I am glad I am a part of, and a fully qualified entrant who will never graduate, as we are always recovering and never recovered from a disease. We are apt to forget our condition is a disease as we get well, but we know more than anyone, to pick up a drink and we are back to being a newcomer again. Not something we want, but something we know can happen and why, a day only at a time is our path. Once we have joined AA, whatever happens we can keep coming back. We make progress and are not perfect, we know coming back always makes sense and once a fellow of AA, always a fellow of AA, admission is free and forever as we choose just one day at a time.

So overall, and with other conversations as the day went along. And last night I had a hypo, where my blood sugar went too low. It really makes my head woolly and this morning with Cat sitting coming to its conclusion, not so much pressure. And also with the return of family I can rest easier knowing they are home and safe. Family being there makes a huge difference to me. The last week or so, its almost like being orphaned, even with email and a blackberry to write to, I am the better for family being close. Making life work? You bet I am, as best I can with what I have got. And that’s quite OK today.




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There come to us moments in life when about some things we need no proof from without. A little voice within us tells us, 'You are on the right track, move neither to your left nor right, but keep to the straight and narrow way.

A person falsely claiming to act under divine inspiration or the promptings of the inner voice without having any such, will fare worse than the one falsely claiming to act under the authority of an earthly sovereign. Whereas the latter on being exposed will escape with injury to his body, the former may perish body and soul together.

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For me truth is the sovereign principle, which includes numerous other principles. This truth is not only truthfulness in word, but truthfulness in thought also, and not only the relative truth of our conception, but the Absolute Truth, the Eternal Principle, that is God. There are innumerable definitions of God, because His manifestations are innumerable. They overwhelm me with wonder and awe and for a moment stun me.



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