Saturday, June 12, 2010

A beautiful Saturday...

  Today I woke up to a brilliantly sunny day, a husband kissing me and saying Happy Anniversary, sweetheart, and kittens yowling and howling and wanting their breakfast. Spoiled little buggers...


 On June 10, 1990 I had the last drink of my career. There's always a question of how us crazy alcoholics count these birthdays, but where I got sober, the emphasis was on celebrating the last drink you will ever have to take. And that's the way I do it.  I am grateful to know that I have a life that is possible only because I got willing to go to any lengths to stay sober.  And I continue to live that way and to always remember.  If they had told me to stand on my head on a streetcorner and spit nickels, I would have figured out a way, lol.

  So, today I celebrate 20 years of continuous sobriety.  20 years of doing a few simple things, one day at a time. 20 years of trusting that God has a plan for my life, whether I can see it or not.  20 years of learning to do everything a different way,  from cooking a turkey on Thanksgiving to calling a total stranger and talking about my fears.  From learning how to be honest with myself, to learning how to be honest with you.  From learning how to trust to learning how to be trusted.




  It's been a miraculous journey, for a woman who could not quit drinking on her own. I am grateful and humbled by the whole thing...the people in my family usually just drink until they die. I am the first to break the chain, and find a new way to live.  As a result of that, I have a son with 10 years of sobriety, because he watched his hopeless drunk of a mom find this new life in Alcoholics Anonymous.  And the miracle continues...



  Today we had a small celebration bbq at the home of a friend. Then we watched as friends renewed their wedding vows. Now we are home and settled in for the evening. Tomorrow is another birthday to celebrate, a very kind and wonderful man celebrating 36 years of recovery. Then another bbq at a friends house.  A full weekend here on the Prairie.




  Feeling really blessed tonight...


Namaste.

6 comments:

Cloudia said...

CONGRATS! THAT'S AWESOME!







Aloha from Waikiki

Comfort Spiral

Andrew said...

And I am blessed to know you.

I am so happy for you!

Mary said...

My dear friend. I love you and am so proud of you. What a gift :)

DJan said...

What a wonderful day, and wonderful birthday of 20 years sober! I am glad to have found you as a friend on the internet, you are inspiring in so many ways.

TechnoBabe said...

Twenty years sober is worth celebrating for sure. You got your life back.

Prayer Girl said...

I am so happy for you. Congratulations on your 20th AA anniversary.

I celebrate the way you do.....the date of my last drink is also the date I got sober.

God bless.

PG