Sunday, October 11, 2009

Monday 10/12/09 - "FRIENDS"

First things first -
Thank you dear Dulce
for this "One Lovely Blog Award"
I appreciate it so very much.

And now for my blog:


My life is full of friends - all types of friends. Friends add fullness to life.

My sponsors have been some of my dearest friends. They have been friends that I trusted and confided in. The bond between sponsor and sponsee is a unique one created by God for the special purpose of carrying God's message of sobriety from one alcoholic to another or from one member of Al-Anon to another.

My sponsees are also God-given friends just like my sponsors, but in the reverse role. I feel the spirit of God in the center of these relationships. There is tremendous love.

I have three special friends that I have known for over 25 years. They are not alcoholic, not in any twelve step program. They became my friends when I first moved to the town I live in. They watched my decline into alcoholism, watched me become a stick figure because I drank more than I ate. They were there as I struggled to get sober and when I returned from treatment. They never deserted me. They are my friends today. We nurture our friendships.

Family can be friends too. I enjoy spending time and having fun with my daughter, my son, and his wife - my husband too, of course.

I have another whole new world of friends now. I have met many bloggers who comment and become followers on my blog. I have even met a few face-to-face. What a thrill that was. I learn from you. My blogger relationships have grown in importance over the year since I began blogging.

Friendships take work. They require attention, respect, patience, love, and persistence. There has to be a lot of give and take including making amends at times and accepting amends at other times. They are worth the effort.

Good-night to all my friends.

Prayer Girl


DreamDancer said...

PG, thanks kindly for visiting my blog site and for the invitation to view yours. I have learned much just in the past few days by reading blogs about alcoholism and addiction. My youngest daughter has attended 3 AA meetings thus far, in the past week. It is a beginning, hopefully, to progress. Thank you for sharing your story and for the effort to help others. Blessings :)

Andrew said...

Good night my friend.

Steve E. said...

Friends, Romans, Countrymen: Gosh I don't know why I wrote that! Must be a malfunctioning keyboard.

Actually, I believe this is a really good seldom do I count my friends...I just assume, from--like--the old days, there ARE none!

And then you remind me there are many such peeps. Each morning I visit with about 70-80 of them, like real family without the baggage. I call one peep many mornings, and write several others. There are friends in TN, NC, SC, VA, FL, GA, W VA, MT, MO, IN, CO, CA, TX, OH, MI, ME, NH, SPAIN, UT, England, France, Canada, Netherlands, India, Africa, and many other places. And I think I am friendless??????? I think I must be just SICK!

Oh well, I know the antidote.


Madison said...

Your life is blessed. And, your grateful heart is a blessing.

Dulce said...

OW This so beautiful...PG
Yes, I strongly believe friends together with family are those we can always rely on.
Lucky you to have so many!
Congrats on your award...

Shadow said...

good night to y ou, whom i consider to be a good friend! lovely post!

wolfie185 said...

Your words are so nice and inspiring once again PG. You are an instrument of God and I am grateful for that.

Blessings to you

diane d said...

What a happy, joyful post! Thank you!!!

Gabriella Moonlight said...

Oh I so think you are deserving of such an are an amazing blogger and I consider you a friend. In the world we live in friends are rare gems indeed!

Much love!

DreamDancer said...

PG, thank you for adding my daughter to your prayer list. I believe there is power in multitudes and more prayer is always welcome. Have a wonderful day. Blessings :)
Love, DD (DreamDancer)

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

What a wonderful post, and a wonderful friend!!!

Gin said...

I consider myself fortunate to have you as one of my friends. And it really wasn't that much work... :-)

Syd said...

I feel as if there are many new friends here in blogland. And I believe that Al-Anon has helped me to make many new friends. I'm grateful for that.

Tall Kay said...

This is one of those perks of sobriety that I never bargained for...true friends. I'm blessed to consider you one of those friends too! Beautiful post! And congrats on the do deserve it!

Just Be Real said...

PG, this is a beautiful post. Thank you.

I would also like to take this time to thank you for your very sweet and genuine comment on my recent post. You are truly special, thank you! Blessings and hugs!

sarah said...

first, I loooove this pic. Too cute. And you have been a friend to me - your comforting presence makes me feel special. I hope I can repay. Sarah