Caught Off Guard? Go With The Flow…

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Yeah……..my day. I won’t bore you with the boring details because they are freaking boring. I went to an AA meeting tonight… yep.  Been a while.  I get caught up in myself and think… “What. Me? AA? Phshh.. I got stuff to do!” But in reality.. I need those meetings.. So I went. God is a funny dude, let me say.  I haven’t been to an AA meeting in months.  I get there and an AA friend of mine asks me to speak. The conversation went like this:

“Hey, Dar, ain’t seen you in a while.  How ya been?”

“Hey! What’s up? Great. You?” I sip my Dunkin’ Donuts coffee hoping he doesn’t realize I didn’t say his name.

“Dar, you wanna do me a favor?”

I already know where this is going. “Depends,” I say. Another sip. What the frig is this guy’s name?

“You wanna speak?” big smile.  He has a great smile.

“No, not really,” I say and smile.

He starts his speech about how his speaker ditched him and all that jazz… I cut him off.

“I’ll do it.  I’ll speak.”

“Aww, you’re the best!”

“I know,” I kid in a serious tone and wink. I still don’t remember the poor guys name.. but I touched on my memory (and the reason for it’s lameness) when I spoke.

Speaking at AA meetings is important for the listeners at the meeting. Most of all, it is important for the speaker. When I share my story at a meeting I usually have it planned.  I have bullet points written on a piece of paper (a lot of us do this).  But I find when I get caught off guard like tonight, it helps me grow.

I am basically free writing out loud.  I am talking about painful stuff.  But I say some witty things, and laugh.  The listeners laugh. It’s all good.

Anyway.  Today was a good day.

I wrote my 750 words this morning.  Got to a meeting. Saw my sponsor. Read some blogs and commented on them.

ROW80 Goals

  • read blogs/comment blogs
  • continue with 750 words.com
  • update blog 1-2 times a week
  • continue Story#2
  • Journal.

Hope everyone else is coming along nicely with their goals. Check this link out to read ROW80 blogs or post your own update!

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Comments

  1. You’re doing well on so many levels! It sounds like you really did have a good day. Keep up the good work, Darlene!

  2. Good for you to take care of business! I bet you did great :-)

  3. It sounds like you are doing what you’re supposed to be doing! I know how public speaking can be so intimidating, even crippling, but if you think of it as talking to just one or two people over a cup of coffee, it’s not so bad. Next time, imagine you’re just having a cup of coffee and talking to a couple of close friends!

    Keep doin’ what you’re doin’!

  4. I always tell people that I’m bad with names, because I really am. But if I meet someone once, I’ll recognize them on a second glance.

    Congratulations for speaking and going to the meeting.

    You have a new follower! :)

  5. thedesertrocks says:

    I am having trouble commenting today–so I hope you are not reading my comment like 5 times–but all I wanted to say is your courage is very inspiring. Keep up the great work!

  6. thedesertrocks says:

    Your courage is very inspiring!

  7. Sounds like a lot of good things happened all because Fate intervened and said “Dar needs to be pushed a little” (takes out a little stick…*poke* *poke*) “Come on, there. LIVE!” :-D

    Glad it was wonderful.

  8. Awesome! Imprompu public speaking would have had me covered in hives, hyperventilating. Great job on your freestyle.

  9. i forget names of people I have seen daily for months. =)

    It sounds like getting out of your comfort zone was good for you in lots of ways. Maybe some you won’t fully realize for a while yet.

    And i think that’s awesome!

  10. I am so proud of you!! The name will come to you or ask him! He won’t care!

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