What a beautiful experience you're having. It works, don't it?
Thanks for your "big-screen" analogy. I had a couple of similar flashes.
"Don't take yourself so seriously" made me think, that one man's tragedy is another man's comedy. If I were to watch my life in a movie with ... say ... Billy Crystal, I'd be laffin over his foibles and calamities.
Then I rented a DVD and had the choice of wide-screen or TV version. I never considered that movies formatted for TV just lopped off the sides. I noticed that the actors sometimes reacted to little things happening off-screen.
It's a wonderful thing at my late age to suddenly have the oportunity to become the man I was intended to be. I've learned, not only to be grateful for my sobriety, bit to be grateful that I AM an alcoholic. Somehow beyond my little brain, all that was necessary for me to fully embrace my new freedom and to actually make use of my past crappy life.
Pg 83-84 - the promises:
"We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it." CHECK!
I wasn't guessing I'd actually come to appreciate the past as the lessons they were that HP is using to teach me goodness and benefit to others.
"Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change." CHECK!
I drank to stop time. I didn't have a future or didn't want to see it. Now I can't wait to see it with these wide new eyes.
Can't wait to hear more about your experiences, brother. Live it and share it. Huh?