“The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one’s work seriously and taking one’s self seriously. The first is imperative, the second is disastrous.” – Margot Fonteyn
I was out of work and sober over two years. At the time it was a difficult time in the country, the word recession was tossed about. Unemployment was at record highs and I could not find work. I had no place to live, and limited funds. My car leaked it was a 1970’s Duster the floor boards were rusted out in the car and the rear wheel wells in the trunk, so when it rained the trunk got wet and the car had no air conditioning.
I had my clothing in bags in the trunk and the back seat. I would go to as many meetings as possible during the day and night. I kept my attitude high, however, I must admit I would drive late at night trying to find a safe place to sleep with tears in my eyes. It was difficult because if I stayed in parking lots the police or security would chase me away. Sleeping in residential neighborhoods was equally as challenging!
I remember I found a day time sponsor that went to the same meetings as I would attend. He was an old timer and retired! Every time I would begin to get down on myself or complain he would remind me that it would not be helpful, he would always quote “Rule 62” of the program to me, “never take yourself too damn seriously”! Those words would echo in my mind and continue to have significance for me.
I must live my life by the day, stay focussed, and keep the worry down and ultimately out! Life has a way to be difficult if I allow it to be. I am at my best when I keep it simple and keep “Rule # 62” in my arsenal!
Life is good!
Go, Go, Go…