Wednesday, January 28, 2009


for cornbread hell

The way NA works is by working the Steps.
The way we start working the steps is by finding a Sponsor. A sponsor is a mentor, someone with experience in working The Steps.
I found a good sponsor for myself last week. He is a bit of a Ballcap Cowboy, a Welder/Roughneck/Heavy Machine Operator that don’t put up with any bullshit.
He is as serious as an electric barbed-wire fence, and sharp as an Acetylene torch.

My first assignment was to list 10 things I am Powerless over. It is hard to make this list, especially for a guy like me that considers himself fairly capable of doing most anything.
Try it yourself!
But powerless I am as evidenced by the fact that…well…that’s not what this post is about…this post is about my list.

The first Five Items on my list were fairly easy.

I am Powerless over:
1) The effects of Drugs and Alcohol on my mind and body
2)Life and Death
3) The consequences of my actions, or lack of
4) The Laws of Physics and Thermodynamics
5) The actions and reactions of other people

The next four were a bit of a stretch, but I did OK:
6) War and Peace; Love and Hate
7) Past and Future
8) Thinking and Feeling
9)Basic Human Needs

Number 10 did not come easy. And when I showed my list to my Sponsor, he nodded as he read them aloud, commenting on each one:
“Oh, this is good”;
“Don’t take that first Drug”;
“We could all die tonight”
“Can’t change the Weather”
“I like that”
“Great list”
"Good stuff here, Bulletholes"

Then he got to Number 10 and he read :
“I am Powerless over the Sisters of Mercy
He looked at me, quite puzzled and asked
“Who are the 'Sisters of Mercy'?”
I grinned and said
“They are my girlfriends and they don’t do ANYTHING I tell ‘em to!”

And he just busted out laughin’!


MikeTheWaiterDotCom said...

I believe one of the sisters recently posted a request for someone to have sex with you... you are lucky ... that's more than my wife would do for me!
peace, my brother, mTw

cornbread hell said...

i'm not quite sure this why is "for" me, but i laughed my ass off at the ending.

bulletholes said...

Mike, nuthin like a proxie roll in the hay!

Cornbread- You indicated you weerre a it weary of hearing aBOUT MY LOVE LIFE (OR LACK OF ONE) SO THAT INSPIRED ME TO (OOPS)
that inspired me to tell about my sponsor and to really spring the ending. Sounds like it worked!
Also, i responded to your God comment froma few posts back...
Thanks for stoppin in!

e said...

Your sponsor sounds like an interesting character. His sense of humor will come in handy with you around. I laughed so hard at the end of this one that I almost fell on the floor!

Barbara said...

I'm so glad you are not doing this alone. Are the Sisters of Mercy helping you along too?

cornbread hell said...


but i was only teasin' you.

didn't i read somewhere here, "if i don't give you a hard time every once in a while..."
(or somethin' to that effect.)