Caught Off Guard? Go With The Flow…

Just A Bike From The 2012 Bike Show in NY

Yeah…… 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
  • 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!


  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!” 😀

    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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