March 30, 2006

Joe and Gina small.jpg Thanks, first of all for this beautiful child, and also for our son.  Along with my other son they are joyous gifts in my life.

Life was good, life was bad, life is good again.  The day our son got married we were finally able to put the past behind us.  The relationship we share today is exceptional, in my opinion. 

I don’t believe it is often that a man will allow his ex-wife and significant other to attend his family reunion and be ever so gracious and pleasant.

I know you loved my Dad and my Grandmother.  You will never know how much it meant to me for you to be there when I lost them.  Driving all night, after car trouble was certainly above and beyond.

In a couple of weeks we’ll be celebrating your Mothers birthday and I’m sure it will be great.

Over the years I hope I can be there to support you the way you’ve been here for me. Thanks for all you have done……all the way from Arizona.

Giving up something for Lent

March 29, 2006

The Church was thinking about how it feels to confront the emotional damage of a lifetime that is sitting unnoticed in your conscious….Borrowed from Fr Thomas Keating – a Trappist Monk

I had believed that I had never observed Lent.  If the object is the above, in fact, I have observed it one day at a time since December 4, 1984.  In AA we call this wonderful process an inventory.  Then we have to share it with God and another human being.  We do this because we simply can not recover from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body until we tell someone ALL of our life story and admit our wrongs….then correct those wrongs.  Our belief is that our REAL purpose it to fit ourselves to be of maximum service to God and the people about us.

A dear friend told me not long ago that I was more Catholic than most of the Catholics he knows.  Could this be the reason why?????????

The truth will set you free….but first it makes you miserable……..stolen from a poster at the Hub of the Plains in Lubbock…December 1984

A watched pot never boils

March 29, 2006

And a held telephone never rings. sigh

On living in the present…..

March 28, 2006

The gift God gave us is right now.  That is why it is called "the present".  Borrowed from Fr. John Corapi, SOLT. 

I ask myself "if this were my last day on earth, would I be doing this?"

The checklist looks something like this:

Job:  I don't like this part of my job (disciplinary actions, evaluations).  That's not why I'm there – I love those kids.  Check, I'd be doing that.

Spiritual development:  Church/AA.  Go hand in hand.  Church to save my soul, AA to save my butt. Check, think I'll keep that.

Family – would definately spend more time doing that if I were rich – flying all over the US of A.

And the list goes on…..

As I reflect this morning on that question, the answer is an absolute "yes".  I would be here, doing what I'm doing, with who I'm doing it with.  In this moment, I'm grateful……….in the gift.

kicked to the curb – again

March 27, 2006

As everyone knows, the words "lasting relationships" are not in my vocabulary.  At least not linked together.  But today takes the cake.  My dentist has ended our weekly meetings that have only been going on since December 12.  He dropped my dental insurance plan – and I'm not done.  waaaaaaaaaaa

 Oh well, on to bigger and better dentists. 

Credit where credit is due

March 27, 2006

My friends and family are ever so sweet when they compliment me on my posts.  When I write it is from the heart, sometimes a mischevious mind…..but if it is in anyway profound, I've stollen it. 🙂

Be careful…

March 27, 2006

Be careful what you pray for, the Gods may choose to amuse themselves and give it to you.  Stolen from…..I can't remember who.