#SLS 07/5/20 – The Great Adventure

This week Jim has given us the prompts of Best/Better/Good/Great for #SLS. So, I have chosen Steven Curtis Chapman’s The Great Adventure. This song is just a constant reminder that if you have faith in a Higher Power, I just happen to call mine God, then you really are on a great adventure.

My great adventure has just surpassed the 6 month mark of SOBRIETY and I am loving this adventure as it is so much more this time. I am seeing things come true that weren’t even close to coming true when I had the previous 2 1/2 years of sobriety before I turned 50 in September of 2016. At that time I had quit doing service work in both my online meetings with Global Steps AA and my face to face meetings with my home group The Goliad Group. I have realized that that was the primary cause of my major relapse and then my continued roller coaster ride over the last 3 1/2 years. I am very proud and blessed to be on this GREAT ADVENTURE of RCOVERY!!

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Lyrics

Saddle up your horses
Oh oh oh
Oh oh oh

Started out this morning in the usual way
Chasing thoughts inside my head
I thought I had to do today
Another time around the circle
Try to make it better than the last
I opened up the Bible
And I read about me
Said I’d been a prisoner
And God’s Grace had set me free
And somewhere between the pages
It hit me like a lightning bolt
I saw a big frontier in front of me
And I heard somebody say let’s go

Saddle up your horses
We’ve got a trail to blaze
Oh oh oh
Through the wild blue yonder of God’s Amazing grace
Let’s follow our leader into the Glorious unknown
This is the life like no other whoa whoa
This is the great adventure

Oh oh oh
Oh oh oh yeah, yeah

So come on, get ready for the ride of your life
Gonna leave long faced religion
In a cloud of dust behind
And discover all the new horizons
Just waiting to be explored
This is what we were created for, yeah

Saddle up your horses
We’ve got a trail to blaze
Oh oh oh
Through the wild blue yonder of God’s Amazing grace
Let’s follow our leader into the Glorious unknown
This is the life like no other whoa whoa
This is the great adventure

We’ll travel on, over mountains so high
We’ll go through valleys below
Still through it all we’ll find that
This is the greatest journey
That the human heart will ever see
The love of God will take us far
Beyond our wildest dreams

Saddle up your horses
We’ve got a trail to blaze
Oh oh oh
Through the wild blue yonder of God’s Amazing grace
Saddle up your horses
We’ve got a trail to blaze (we’ve got a trail we’ve got a trail to blaze)
Through the wild blue yonder of God’s Amazing grace
Let’s follow our leader into the Glorious unknown
This is the life like no other whoa whoa
This is the great adventure

Oh oh oh oh (this is the great adventure)
Oh oh oh oh (this is the great adventure)
Oh oh oh oh (this is the great adventure)

Saddle up, saddle up your horses

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Steven Curtis Chapman / Geoff Moore

Slightly Late #SoCS – Recovery Toss

Linda gave us the prompt of toss for this week’s #SoCS.

There are days when I wish I could just toss all of the junk that lines the walls in my dining room, living room garage, backroom and the husband’s bedroom out.

Unfortunately, when you live with a hoarder, you cannot just toss things out. It is a struggle and I have begged for years for him to seek some help to so we can understand the cause of his hoarding. I will say that over the last two years, he has gotten much better at not just buying crap just to buy crap.

So, I simply just toss my own crap out. Every six months I go through a purge. If it hasn’t been worn or used in the last six months to a year – it gets TOSSED!!

I also continue to toss all those old behaviors , attitudes, and resentments out of my head and the way I speak and, act and react in situations that used to baffle me. By the way all of those items mentioned above are items that I have tended to hoard over the years, even when I thought I wasn’t. I am blessed to have 6 months of SOBRIETY as of 7/1/20 and I am so proud to have them.

So, I will keep on tossing what I don’t need and keep only what will benefit me in my road of recovery and being spiritually fit!!

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Late – #1LinerWeds 7/1/20 – All Things New

As usual I am a bit late for my #1LinerWeds post. Crazy stuff has gone on in the last two weeks. more on that later.

As I approach 6 months of recovery this weekend I know that my Higher Power whom I choose to call God has made All Things New in me!! Enjoy this video of Anthony Evans performing his song.

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#SLS 6/28/20 – I Melt With You

This week Jim has given us the prompts of Cool/Freeze/Heat/Melt for #SLS. When I was 17 in 1983 a little movie came out starring Nicholas Cage and Deborah Foreman. I loved the movie but there was a particular song that even when I hear it now all these years later makes me tingle because it is a quintessential love song. Below I have included a trailer clip with the song from the movie Valley Girl along with the official music video from Modern English and a remake by Jason Mraz.

Below the videos are the lyrics. That’s what’s in My Rattled Cage, thanks for stopping by!!

Lyrics

Moving forward using all my breath
Making love to you was never second best
I saw the world crashing all around your face
Never really knowing it was always mesh and lace

I’ll stop the world and melt with you
You’ve seen the difference
And it’s getting better all the time
There’s nothing you and I won’t do
I’ll stop the world and melt with you

Trapped in the state of imaginary grace
I made a pilgrimage to save this human race
Never comprehending the race has long gone by

I’ll stop the world and melt with you
You’ve seen the difference
And it’s getting better all the time
There’s nothing you and I won’t do
I’ll stop the world and melt with you

The future’s open wide

I’ll stop the world and melt with you
I’ve seen some changes
But it’s getting better all the time
There’s nothing you and I won’t do
I’ll stop the world and melt with you, yeah

The future’s open wide
Let’s sing along

Hmmm hmmm hmmm
Hmmm hmmm hmmm hmmm
Hmmm hmmm hmmm
Hmmm hmmm hmmm hmmm
(Woah woah woah woah woah)
Woah woah woah
Woah woah woah woah (Pathetic, absolutely pathetic)
Woah woah woah
Woah woah woah woah

I’ll stop the world and melt with you
You’ve seen the difference
And it’s getting better all the time
There’s nothing you and I won’t do
I’ll stop the world and melt with you

I’ll stop the world and melt with you
I’ll stop the world and melt with you

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Michael Frances Conroy / Stephen James Walker / Robert James Grey / Gary Frances Mcdowell / Richard Ian Brown

A little Late #SLS – Ave Maria – Oh maria

This week Jim gave us the prompts of  Maria/Marie/Mary for our #SLS. I love this prompt because I have been planning this post since a few weeks ago when I saw it was coming up.

German priest Johann Georg Seidenbusch published a hymn entitled “Gegrüßet seist du, Königin” in his 1687 devotional book Marianischer Schnee-Berg. This hymn was inspired by the pilgrimage devotions at Aufhausen Priory, and contains various salutations taken predominantly from the Salve Regina.

This hymn was soon to be found in various forms in many Catholic devotional books, and a Latin translation, “Salve Regina coelitum“,  was soon created. The modern melody first appeared in the 1736 hymnal Geistliche Spiel- und Weckuhr, and Melchior Ludwig Herold’s 1808 hymnal Choralmelodien zum Heiligen Gesänge contained the version that is standard today.

The English translation “Hail, Holy Queen enthroned above” first appeared in The Roman Missal in 1884. This translation gained worldwide popularity after being featured in the 1992 film Sister Act.

I am a very proud God loving God fearing Catholic and I was a singer in the 8 AM Choir when we were still having choir. Every time we sing “Hail, Holy Queen” or “Oh Maria”, I have to be careful because I always want to break into the version from Sister Act because they truly did that song in an uplifting appropriate manner.

I am going to include two versions of the song. The first version is performed by a Catholic Priest acapella l and the other will be of course from Sister Act.

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Lyrics

Hail, Holy Queen enthroned above, O Maria!
Hail, Mother of mercy and of love, O Maria!
Triumph all ye cherubim!
Sing with us ye seraphim!
Heaven and earth resound the hymn!
Salve, salve, salve, Regina!

Our life, our sweetness here below, O Maria!
Our hope in sorrow and in woe, O Maria!
Triumph all ye cherubim!
Sing with us ye seraphim!
Heaven and earth resound the hymn!
Salve, salve, salve, Regina!

To thee do we cry, poor sons of Eve, O Maria!
To thee we sigh, we mourn, we grieve, O Maria!
Triumph all ye cherubim!
Sing with us ye seraphim!
Heaven and earth resound the hymn!
Salve, salve, salve, Regina!

Turn, then, most gracious Advocate, O Maria!
Towards us thine eyes compassionate, O Maria!
Triumph all ye cherubim!
Sing with us ye seraphim!
Heaven and earth resound the hymn!
Salve, salve, salve, Regina! O Maria!

When this our exile is complete, O Maria!
Show us thy Son, our Jesus sweet, O Maria!
Triumph all ye cherubim!
Sing with us ye seraphim!
Heaven and earth resound the hymn!
Salve, salve, salve, Regina!

O clement, gracious Mother sweet, O Maria!
O virgin Mary we entreat, O Maria!
Triumph all ye cherubim!
Sing with us ye seraphim!
Heaven and earth resound the hymn!
Salve, salve, salve, Regina!

#SoCS 6/20/20 – BumFuzzled

Today Linda has given us the prompt of using a word that contains “ZZ” for #SoCS. Let me preface this by saying what I say here is my opinion and today at the end of this post I am providing a very important PUBLIC SERVICE ANNONCEMENT.

Bumfuzzled – Confused, bereft of knowledge about a particular thing. This definition comes from the Urban Dictionary.

So, I am bumfuzzeled by the current White House occupant’s re-election campaign slogan “Keep America Great”. You may ask – what is making you bumfuzzled?

I am bumfuzzled because today on June 20, 2020 in the eyes of the rest of the world America is not great. We have an occupant of the White House who issues a veiled threat to American Citizens in this tweet:

Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump·Any protesters, anarchists, agitators, looters or lowlifes who are going to Oklahoma please understand, you will not be treated like you have been in New York, Seattle, or Minneapolis. It will be a much different scene!

To which I replied:

Gregory Frieden@glf1966Replying to @realDonaldTrumpIs this the president threatening the citizens of the United States? Because that is what it sounds like!!! #RacistInChief#LiarInChief#ThreatenerInChief#BullyInChief#GetOut#YouWontWinNNovember

We have a current occupant of the White House who himself is completely bumfuzzled about anything and everything having to deal with a GLOBAL PANDEMIC such as COVID-19 and is only interested in his own NARCISSISTIC AGENDA.

We have a Republican Controlled Senate that is so scared of the consequences of going against the current occupant of the White House and that have their noses so far up his butt that their whole face is covered in, (you put your own word here) that they refuse to do the work that their CONSTITUENTS – the AMERICAN PEOPLE – sent them to Washington to do.

We have a current occupant of the White House and an Administration whose beliefs and understanding of the country trickles all the way down to every single state, county and individual cities and towns that refuses to recognize the calamity of complete SOCIAL INEQUALITY, JUSTICE INEQUALTIY, RACIAL INEQUALITY, JOBS INEQUALITY, HAPPINESS INEQUALITY and all the INEQUALITIES that you can think that are so SYSTEMIC in our country. Mind you, these inequalities spread across a broad spectrum of individuals who were not born WHITE, PROTESTANT, STRAIGHT MALES!!!!

I am so bumfuzzled that his base is just so drunk on the KOOLAID that this individual continues to serve them. The current occupant of the White House wants The UNITED STATES of AMERICA to continue to be DIVIDED and to self implode.

What is worse, is that his base believes that everything he says and does is for them – HE DOESN”T CARE ABOUT THEM AT ALL!!!!!!!!! HE CARES ABOUT HIS MONEY, HIS NARCISSISTIC SELF. Heck, I can almost guarantee he DOESN’T EVEN CARE ABOUT HIS FAMILY the way he cares about himself.

It seems that every four years we in America hear that this is the most IMPORTANT election of our lifetime. I WRITE BEFORE YOU TODAY, that I can HONESTLY say THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION WE HAVE HAD. If the current occupant of the White House and his Republicans who are scared to go against him are allowed another four years, I can guarantee we will have a very tough fight for AMERICA to truly return to GREATNESS. I have seen a lot in my almost 54 years but the last 3 1/2 years have been a HORRENDOUS lesson in History.

It is very important that if you or someone you know is not registered to vote, that you and they please register to vote. But registering to vote is NOT ENOUGH! WE MUST ALL EXCERCISE OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT AND DUTY and GET OUT and VOTE on November 3, 2020. If you are allowed to vote by mail due to specific guidelines in your states as well as the specific federal guidelines, MAIL IN THAT BALLOT. Pretty much every county in the contiguous United States and territories have a period of EARLY VOTING – if you do not want to stand in the long lines on November 3rd please exercise your right to participate in EARLY VOTING.

I beg of you we all must become UN-BUMFUZZLED and ensure that there is no chance of BUMFUZZLEMENT on NOVEMBER 3rd. The United STATES of AMERICA can return to GREATNESS but we will not if we give them another four years.

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Very Late #SLS 6/14/20 – You Don’t Know JAck

I apologize for posting this entry for #SLS for 6/14/20, for which Jim provided the prompts of JACK/JOHN on Wednesday 6/17/20, however I have been wanting to write this post but I just did not have a chance to do so until now, for the reason why you can visit my post Very Late #SoCS 6/13/20.

So for this week’s post I have chosen a song that reflects the notion that everyone begging for change in downtown San Antonio or downtown anywhere USA or the world are simply bums or low lifes that refuse to get a job and are simply looking for a hand out. You and I do not know the situation that put that person where they are at. I know at one point my mother was living in her car and not because of any particular thing, it was a whole lot of things that put her in that situation.

I am extremely blessed that I have not ever hit such a horrible rock bottom abd lost my home, my family, – I have lost jobs – that I have been on that end of having to beg for money on the street. “THERE BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD GO I“.

This proverb is an expression of humility; in using it, a speaker acknowledges that outside factors (such as God’s grace, or one’s upbringing) have played a role in one’s success in life. The adverbial phrase is often set off with commas: “There, but for the grace of God, go I.”

So, for this weeks selection I give you one of my favorite Luke BRyan songs, You Don’t Know Jack”.

Lyrics

He asked me for a dollar, I said “Go get a job”
I turned up my collar and started walkin’ off
He said “I don’t blame you, I know what you think
I’d just spend your money, to buy another drink”

But you don’t know Jack
Double shot, eighty proof, on the rocks
Until you’ve lost it all
And you can’t go back
To your life, and your kids, and your ex-wife
With just a telephone call
If you think it’s just a bottle
In an old brown paper sack
You don’t know Jack

He showed me a picture, of two little girls
Wearin’ Easter dresses, hair done up in curls
He said “God bless their mamma
She said I couldn’t stay
And buddy if you’re wonderin’
How could I throw it all away

“You don’t know Jack
Double shot, eighty proof, on the rocks
Until you’ve lost it all
And you can’t go back
To your life, and your kids, and your ex-wife
With just a telephone call
If you think it’s just a bottle
In an old brown paper sack
You don’t know Jack

If you never felt the fire
Running through your veins
If you’ve never seen the devil
Face to face

You don’t know Jack
Double shot, eighty proof, on the rocks
Until you’ve lost it all
So brother just be glad, and tonight
Hold your kids, kiss your wife
And when you talk to God
Count up all your blessings
And thank the good Lord that
You don’t know Jack


You don’t know JackSource: LyricFind

Songwriters: Erin Enderlin / Shane Lamar Mcanally

You Don’t Know Jack lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc

Very Late #SoCS 6/13/20 – Nail

I apologize for posting this entry for #SoCS for 6/13/20, for which Linda provided the prompt of NAIL on Wednesday 6/17/20, however I have been wanting to write this post but I just did not have a chance to do so until now. A lot happened in the last week that has definitely been a great thing. Since losing my job on May 28th I have been utilizing every job site and even stepped out of my box and applied at 7-11 and Circle K.

Long story short I applied to a local 7-11 franchise store and the owner texted me on Wednesday 6/10 and asked me to come in. I went in on Thursday morning 6/11, they spoke to me for five minutes and then handed me a new hire packet which I brought home and filled out. I returned the packet a little later that morning and that afternoon, I was the schedule for Friday from 8 AM – 4 PM. I did my first day of training on Friday and then Friday I was asked to go in for my normal graveyard shift because someone had called in, and I did. I am adjusting to the new work schedule as well as new sleep schedule while still maintaining my normal activities to ensure I do not allow the proverbial nail of drinking to creep into my mind.

As I often write about the fact that I am and will always be an alcoholic. My being an alcoholic is not the nail in my framework or the proverbial coffin. That nail becomes real if I ever begin to think that I have this disease licked or if I ever determine that I drink like a normal person. If I ever pick up that first drink I will truly be putting that nail into my coffin because, while I may have another drunken bender in me – I do not have another recovery in me and I do I believe that the disease of alcohol will kill me before the HIV/AIDS that I have thriving with, not just surviving with for 23 years or anything else that is within my control.

As long as I am doing the right things – talking to my sponsor, attending both face to face with the Goliad Group or the LAMBDA Group here in San Antonio and online meetings of Global Steps Alcoholics Anonymous on In The Rooms, doing service in those groups by chairing meetings – greeting in meetings – and sharing in meetings, continuing in my Catholic faith and asking my Higher Power whom I choose to call God to help me each day JUST FOR TODAY to help keep me sober and to do HIS WILL and not my own, and thanking my Higher Power at the end of the day for doing so – then I will be able to ensure that the proverbial NAIL of alcoholism and taking that first drink will not come.

So today “No Matter What It Takes” I will do it to ensure that I do not put that proverbial NAIL in any aspect of my life. Please enjoy this lyric video of Jeremy Camp’s No Matter What It Takes.

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