Monday, March 22, 2010

service...

Saturday's University of Scouting was wonderful, lots of good classes and information, and I've earned my "Master's Degree" in Cub Scouting lol. It sounds kind of goofy but it's a fun way to keep track of the extra training our adult leaders complete.

In reviewing my calendar for the week, I see that I have something going on each evening this week (except Friday), including a few major events with the Chamber, a symphony concert 2 hrs away in Toledo with my dad Sat nite, five meetings tomorrow lol, you name it, it's happening this week! I think I probably am into a couple too many things lol. There's nothing like life in the fast lane in a town of 2,800 people lol.

It is better for this alcoholic to be busy than it is for me to be bored. Even though this level of busy is probably a bit much, it's not like this all the time. HP and I can handle it, a day or a chunk of a day at a time. My life is made up of various little components, most of which are involved with some sort of service. Yea, I have a job, I go to work. I do family stuff with my wife and Ian. I have lots of friends that I sometimes get to "play with." But aside from that, I try to give of myself like AA taught me. I owe my HP lots of giving for all the taking I've done. I owe the world something. I am responsible to help another drunk or addict when they reach out. I owe my community some good works after being a danger to those around me for so long in my earlier years. I owe my HP time and effort with the gifts He gave me since I spent so much time "frittering away" my life and gifts.

AA taught me to give back what was freely given. I keep doing it because it helps me keep up my gratitude, it helps me get out of my own mind, it feels good to help others and because I owe. AA and HP gave me my life back and I could probably never repay the value of that gift. But if I help others find the gift and I give some of what was given to me, I can at least pass it along.

3 comments:

chitowngreg said...

Being busy is usually a very good thing for most of us. Keeps us out of ourselves, since our own minds are still pretty bad neighborhoods! Have a good one!!

Syd said...

And you do that in a big way. Thanks Scott.

drybottomgirl said...

I'm glad I checked in your blog today. Your gratitude gave me the reality check I needed. Enjoy this busy week, may it remind you that you are needed and important to the people whose lives you impact.