REFLECTIONS ON CHANGE, SPIRITUALITY, BELIEF, FAITH, PRAYER, AND MORE
Monday, December 28, 2009
Tuesday 12/29/09 - "ONE MORE CHRISTMAS"
"ONE MORE CHRISTMAS"
There will be one more Christmas celebration in this household. Tomorrow son and his wife will be coming and there will be holidaying again. There will be baked brie and other snacks to eat, packages to be opened, and a ham dinner to be enjoyed.
When I got home from the hospital, I started in on the cleaning. I worked hard, my back was hurting, but it's night now and the back is fine. I've done most of what I wanted to accomplish. I do still have time to get a few things done tomorrow.
I still have the pastry to roll out to cover the brie that has already been stuffed with cherries and almonds. I also need to prepare the ham for the oven, but that shouldn't take too long. I have my menu written out and a timetable for the oven so I don't forget something.
I had planned to skip my Tuesday morning Al-Anon meeting tomorrow, but I think I may be able to make it. My guests probably won't get here till later in the afternoon. That would make me so happy. I need some spiritual and emotional balancing-out.
I had one of those really extraordinary days in the hospital this morning. It began with one of my first visits and almost immediately the woman in front of me told me she was in the hospital because of her alcoholism. She was weak and looked beaten and frightened. She seemed to be in that state of demoralization we know so well. I told her I was sober 24 years and that I would share with her what had worked for me. While I was there, they came to take her for an ultrasound so I went back to see her again just before I left at the end of my shift. She described some of her drinking history. The longest she had been sober was almost three months when she drank again. Her doctor told her, one more drink and she would die. She said she didn't want to die. I asked if she had a sponsor and worked the steps in Alcoholics Anonymous when she attended meetings and she said, "no". I told her she needed a higher power with the strength she lacks that could keep her sober. I explained how to go about making that connection with God - get a sponsor and work the twelve steps. We prayed. God was present. I gave her my personal numbers. Pray for her, please.
I'm sober in AA since July 5th 1985, and a grateful member of Alanon since November 2004.
I joined the "blogosphere" in September, 2008.
In December 2011 I became a grandmother for the first time and now understand why it's such a big deal. I'm wildly in love again with that little guy.