Getting On With My Day
October 2022 | Relapse | Oldtimers

Getting On With My Day

I’m alone a lot nowadays, and I have disabilities.
I’m not able to work at a steady job either, yet I’m still thankful. I’m trying to make every day count.

I picked up an old Grapevine today from October 2014 and got a belly laugh from a joke sent in by Debbie M. from Bend, Oregon. The joke was titled “Heavenly Coffee” about some alcoholics having an AA meeting in heaven. It was just what I needed to get on with my day.

I’m alone a lot nowadays, and I have disabilities. I’m not able to work at a steady job either, yet I’m still thankful. Youngsters nearby have been pitching in to help me. They are so precious! I’m trying to make every day count.

I’ve had it darn good since joining AA. My life was actually good before too, but I just didn’t recognize it then. As I write this, I realize that I’m right on schedule. I’ve had many sorrows in my life, some quite debilitating. The most recent of course was my boy’s death. It was awful. I died too. I just went through the motions of living.

I have to believe that my boy didn’t die for nothing. The girl he was seeing is now in recovery. My son was newly sober. Amidst many obstacles, he was giving recovery another shot. He knew how to forgive and was moving forward. I miss him a lot.

Several of my AA brothers went with him these past few years. They too are gone. They were my pals too. I miss them also. They all left their legacies: Dan B., with his candid humor and his charisma; Roy Y., with his honesty and pure goodness; Ray G., who would always say, “Don’t drink no matter what” and mean it! He also had a great smile. Red Carol, for her goodness, her sharing of her family and her ability to see beyond others’ short- comings—what a love! And Carolyn F., who would never turn down a request. She always made you feel valuable—another love!

So I say to myself: Just get back out there, Judy. Suit up and show up. This AA thing is the best thing ever.

 

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