The 44th Annual West Island Round Up

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This weekend is the Premier Sober Event of the season. In the month of May, each year, the West Island puts on the premier sober event, the West Island Round Up.

Not sure how many people are going to show, as I’ve been carrying tickets around with me for weeks. I sold a few, but most probably, people will show up at the door to buy tickets. A bunch of us are going from the city.

This weekends speakers will come from Toronto, Ontario, Louisville Kentucky, Oakville Ontario, and as far away as Tampa Florida.

In Round Up’s past, entire groups of people were invited from different cities, like New York or Los Angeles California and close by Vermont.

There are hosted retreats for men and women in the spring in many locations in the North East. The men’s intensive is held in Vermont, twice a year, as well as the women’s intensive retreat.

A few years back, on the way to our intensive retreat, we stopped off in East Dorset Vermont to visit Bill W’s birthplace, where they host retreats in the house he was actually born in and meetings are held there daily.

Up the road from the house, in East Dorset, is where Bill W and his wife Lois are buried. In a small nondescript little graveyard. The caretaker has a full-time job, collecting and storing all the sober chips that are placed on his grave, all year-long.

I first attended a Round Up in 2012, with the crew from the Atlantic Group in New York City. And at that weekend event, I met a man named Bob who turned my life upside down, with a particular prayer ritual, that, over the months and years, changed my life in ways that I could not have imagined.

A little prayer goes a long way, to ordering the universe for us, and setting us on a path of success, otherwise unknown to those who don’t pray at all.

In keeping with Brene Brown’s theme of Braving …

“If your marble jar is empty, you don’t have it to give away.” “Do you have marble jar friends ?” “What is a marble jar friend ?”

Braving
Boundaries
Reliability
Accountability
Vault
Integrity
Non Judgement
Generosity

Hopefully, I will have things to share over the weekend.

Stay tuned …

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