What time did you get up today?
Simple question but the answer reveals a lot about ourselves.
One of the tenets of AA is that you take an inventory of your state of mind...not that of others (whether they be friends or enemies..which is so much easier to do!). Boy could I tell you about some of the assholes I have know, loved, hated. Got a day?
It is so much easier to see the worst qualities of others...whether real or imagined.
Now admitting that you are the (or "an or 'also an') asshole, jerk, drunk, addict...whether well dressed and still gainfully employed or in shit stained jeans lifting cigarette butts from the pavement...well that's a whole journey of self discovery.
One of my personal bugs up my ass is that I get a lot of emails from various social services that announce "Mary" "Joseph" "William" "the horse with no name" has updated their status. Should I be angry that they informed Facebook about the birth of their child or their recent success in the beauty pageant? And didn't drop me a line or an email...even to inform me that they moved!
I suppose that it would be bigger of me to recognize that they are trying.
The first item in my "taking inventory list" would be the recognition that no one will ever call me a great (or gracious) communicator.
For the record, you are hearing this first as I never informed Google or Face Book or LinkedIn:
I still have no kids, and not even any cats or pets of any kind, as, when I do have any, they run away before they have litters (the cats and dogs)
For 2015 I have not been involved in any public displays of nudity, full or partial, not even in bathing suits, or Tutus
On the plus side I:
Walked 16,000 steps yesterday...7.0 miles...all well within my heart rate zones
Consumed 1,962 calories, but way too much sodium (made spare ribs)!
Resolved to write some letters and/or cards before next week as I received a drawing from a friend's daughter
Dug out my old drafts for blog postings
I've decided that I am ready to get back to writing my epic novel "I killed a Man On Saturday". A doctor had told me to back off from my books and stuff until I got my health under control which is a work in progress, as is the book.
Realize I still need to work on anger issues!!!
I think I can begin the second half of 2015 confident that I have some control over a few of the big issues.
I'll end the year with some money in my pocket...not a lot, but no need to throw the wallet away just yet
I have my health....No one will be calling me "robust" or "svelte" but I see worse every day..no pressing need to send the Tutu's to the tailor just yet
I still have a bucket list..even if one of the items is "Walk ten miles in one continuous stretch of time"...but, I am up to seven miles!
I'm in a good frame of mind...this needs constant monitoring, but the emphasis of mental and physical health go hand in hand
I have friends, family and acquaintances that still speak to me.....hopefully this relationship is not too fragile
I even started 2015 with a good deed. I took my sister and her boy friend into Boston for the day.
So as 2015 ages gracefully, I'll share this thought: What time did you get up today? An old man, a recovering alcoholic, asks me this same question every day. We share a common bond, many, many years of excess and not enough years of sobriety. Every day we wake up with our wits about us is a good day.
He had a look of shock on his face when he saw me walking back to the Villa (the name of the Housing Project, not a mountain valley villa...alcohol killed that dream!) around 7:00 AM...before he could say anything I asked him: "What time did you get up today? Not as early as me I'd be willing to wager."
Happy Rest of the Year
When you do wake up in the morning? if you are dressed in a Tutu, hopefully it is by design!
May I recommend for your enjoyment: Momma, they took away my coffee shop, and now they're digging up my back yard!
I am by no means ready to die! So, with that fact established, let's begin at the beginning: See links for all the Genesis posts to date: Genesis Through My Eyes
In my not too distant past, if I were to see a street person, a bum, sleeping in a door front or on a park bench, I would have kept my distance and perhaps shrugged my shoulders.: He had the "smarts" to ask someone where to go, I didn't
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