Well, not exactly first thing in the morning. No, not yesterday! Actually my first thought was "Callie (my spoiled kitty ), who ever taught you 5:00 a.m. was the appropriate time to wake your owner up!?"
Things went downhill from there at lightening speed. You know...one of those hard to handle things that life "gifts" us with. I am sure you have experienced lots of these too.
What tools got me out of the funk that day?
My first tool was my favorite prayer...Oh, God!"
Secondly, I texted my sponsor asking if she had time to talk. As I waited for her to be free, I texted my long-term OA friend about my resentment/fear.
As I talked with my sponsor some of the feelings disappeared. Afterwards, I went to a friend I consider to be my non-OA sponsor/friend. Two more things deminished the feelings even further...the compassionate ear of a friend and the comfort of her kitty purring in my lap.
What did I learn that day? Life has moments of joy and pain and I have the choice about which I give force to. Secondly, I learned that the tools of OA work. And lastly, I learned I can use life experience tools that are not on the official list.
Jan E - Guest Blog