Thursday … Acceptance
It was a clear and sunny day today, albeit, a little chilly. I opted for my coat instead of a simple hoodie. It was also a busy day today. I am investing heavily in the lives of my guys this week, with tickets to the roundup and one of my guys is just days away from his second anniversary.
Two is a Big deal, and comes with a special silver oval chip. The new “two” ovals are a bit more flashy than the one I have. Mine is now gold dipped. The hope is this, that once you get your two, you hold onto it, and hopefully you get to your ten year mark, when at that time, we get it dipped in gold to mark the double digit.
Since he is celebrating at several meetings, I have a second bronze chip which was much cheaper than the first one. And his chip at the M.A. fellowship. That makes three.
It was a quick ride out to the East end on the Metro and back. Traffic was light because I was traveling mid-afternoon. I got back in time to get in a power nap before the nights events began.
Holy week celebrations are in full swing. While I was setting up, the annual Maundy Thursday mass was going on in the church above.
We sat a small group, some of our guys were at church, and we hosted a few guests, which was good. I chose a reading from the Big Book, Pages 416-417.
Acceptance was the Answer …
This is a loaded reading, there is a lot to chew in the reading like, “Acceptance is the key to ALL my problems. And Nothing, Absolutely Nothing happens in God’s world by mistake.”
We learn about powerlessness, and that the only thing that we can change is ourselves.
“When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing or situation – some fact of my life – unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.
Nothing, Absolutely Nothing happens in God’s world by mistake.”
It goes on to tell us that we must accept life on life’s terms.
All these ideas – even to some old timers – are bitter pills to swallow. We are still talking about accepting that nothing is a mistake and happened for a reason…
Our guys are in it deep. and all we can do is listen and offer words of encouragement and support. Hopefully they will keep coming back.
We locked up and walked home together, and another of my guys and I took a table at a local coffee shop to go over his step work. We are working from both the M.A. workbook and the A.A. questions my sponsor supplies.
It was a great discussion. Very fruitful. I am proud of my guy tonight.
I am proud of both of them. Good things are happening in their lives. And getting good things clean and sober are added gifts.
It was a great night.
Everybody is sober another night.
More to come, stay tuned …