Oh yeah. And the other thing, self pity kicks off a bit if you are alone with your head for too long. Regardless of how long you have been sober. Us humans are social animals! We were not designed to be on our own for too long. On 'unscheduled' days I like to nip in to an early city meeting and go for coffee after or a busy lunch meeting in town and coffee after.
I love the coffee bistro scene. Especially in this GREAT weather. Sitting outside on little tables in the sun in busy streets gasbagging about anything and everything. Its great fun!
Anyway the social aspect of aa is important as a way of avoiding negative lethargy of the mind when left on its own too long. So what I mean is that it really helps to punctuate time alone with short social lunch or morning meetings. Otherwise you can get a bit moody! I actually love being able to go to meetings as they are always full of interesting colorful people, and I love it when I see people I haven't seen for a while.
AA really IS 'The pub with no beer'.
- An Irish Friend of Bill
- I have recovered from the disease of Alcoholism. I believe there is only one person really,.. everybody. And that peace of mind is everything. -So treat your neighbor as you would treat yourself, because your neighbor IS yourself. I think most of recovery is what I would call common sense, but that learning to be ordinary is a true gift very few people acquire. My ambition is to accept everything unflinchingly, with compassion, and therefore be intrinsically comfortable in my own skin, no matter what. I am comfortable being uncomfortable and am willing to go to any lengths to improve my life. I believe the Big Book was divinely inspired, and is extraordinarily powerful. Unfortunately AA's best kept secret a lot of the time. (In my opinion). I just try to do what works, no matter what it is.
Friday, April 06, 2007
Punctuate time alone with short social lunch or morning meetings. Otherwise you can get a bit moody!
Posted by An Irish Friend of Bill
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I really do think that I spend too much time without socializing. I think that maybe I can get the Al-Anons to do a bit more of it. Our meetings are generally late, from 8 to 9 PM so coffee afterwards for a short while is about the only option. Thanks for all that you write. It's good stuff.
I still isolate too much. Me bad.
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