I'd like to also thank you for an excellent share, Derrick.
I'm one of those fortunate ones who can make about 1100 choices of meetings to go to in this area - both Akron and Cleveland. And I do make a lot of choices and I never worry about getting into a rut or getting bored. I have a committment to my home group, and I have a "running buddy" that drives all over northern Ohio. We go to meets everywhere. He's got 28 years of sobriety, and been living in this area for 15 years - I have almost 10 years - but neither one of us has been to even a small portion of the meetings around here. But we're working on it - Diligently working on it! "You guys really get around" is a chorus line we hear a lot. We're going to shoot for Pittsburg PA in a couple weeks - that's my buddy's home town.
But believe it or not, there are so many alcoholics out here that don't get to meetings and make up excuses like you said. Now if you live in Akron or Cleveland, for God's sake, there is NO EXCUSE for not making a coimmittment to going to meetings. I can take it a step further - if you live in Akron or Cleveland, and you're not having fun going to meetings, there's no excuse - unless of couse you don't want sobriety.
I admire you having the patience to get out there in storms and gloomy weather, and to go miles to find meetings. That is commitment, and I'm glad you're showing us how to do this deal, Derrick. If I was down there in your neck of the woods, I'd be sure to be your "running buddy". I'm just like you, I need to get to meetings regular.
Now I been through some hard weather this way, too. There was a time a few years back when I was broke as heck, didn't have a working car, didn't have insurance, and I didn't even have heat in my house. The winters up this way get pretty bad - and this one winter the temps got below zero a number of times. I went to a meeting a night. It was possible with little money and no vehicle.
I learned a new hobby called "bus watching". That's when you are frozen pretty stiff and not moving all that much, it's 5 or 6PM and it's dark and the snow is blowing, then you "watch" the scheduled bus pass by you and your stop without seeing you. I tell you what, that happened so many times that I made up that name "bus watching" - and when it happened, I laughed about it talking to myself "Yup! Just standing out here in 5 below zero weather watching the buses go by." But that was one winter I'll never forget. I guess I showed myself that I could do this deal like you do, Derrick, with committment. I met a ton of new friends, and always got a ride home.
But the things that grow out of keeping your commitment have to be priceless. It was for me. How about anyone else? Did you get some "coupons" or blessings that directly came from your committment and determination to get to meetings even when it was hard to get to them? I bet many did - please share if you'd like to.