Wednesday, August 02, 2006


It cooled off last night. It is a glorious morning. I just bought a new i-pod and wanted to use it so I went to the gym for a nice 3 mile run on the treadmill. If not for the new i-pod, I would have run outdoors which would have been lovely too. However, I really enjoyed my new i-pod and the run. (I don't use an i-pod outdoors because I believe it is a safety issue.)

Some mornings I wake up and can't believe how good life is. This is one of those mornings. I am 54 years old. I have been sober for 22 years. I am in amazingly good health for one who abused her body so severely for so many years (boozing, assorted other things like huffing in my youth, smoking 2 packs a day for 25 years, etc.). I have a lovely home in a lovely place. I have a job that I don't always love, but I have been there for 12 years, am working towards a great retirement, and I work with a lot of folks I really love. I am in the middle of a project that I am excited about. I have relative autonomy in my job, which I really like.

I have three children who have grown into people I not only love, but I really like. I respect all three of them. They are good people. Wow. What more could you ask than that? They are not perfect, but who is? I have two beautiful granddaughters who squeal with delight when they see me, run and throw their whole selfs into me. Is there anything better than that?

I could go on and on, really, I could write all day about this. But I have to get to above mentioned job.

I better mention that I am so incredibly grateful for you sober bloggers. I love you, your blogs, your comments on mine, and what you have added to my sobriety. THANKS!

"Most of us feel we need look no further for Utopia. We have it with us right here and now. Each day my friend's simple talk in our kitchen multiplies itself in a widening circle of peace on earth and good will to men." -- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 16


Scott W said...

I always have considered AA the utopia I always searched for, not realizing Bill W had already told me that.

Anonymous said...

I love what Scott just said.....
And I am glad to hear you are consierate of the safety issues of the iPod outside. Very recently I was driving down the street, minding my own business, and a young woman stepped off the curb right before I was about to hit her at 35 MPH. The reason? She was wearing an iPod and didn't hear me or look my direction before she was going to start her run again!
Scared us both!

Sober Chick said...

You are soaring high and free right now, what a wonderful sight!

I am so honored that I have extended my family to beautiful people that hold me up when I fall in AA.

dAAve said...

I have a new box of paperclips.

Shannon said...

I love this post!!! so positive and I can feel you excitement for life!!!
I love those days and I love that you are celebrating with us thanks MC hugs

Greg said...

OOOhhh I miss Colorado. I grew up their. Your post has encouraged me to Hang in their. Thankyou. If you'd like to read about my new journey in sobreity you could check out my blog @ hope to see you their...p.s. Wave @ the rockies for me

lash505 said...

Danger iPod, cell phone, etc. There are dangers everywhere. I will agree iPod users are on a differnt planet sometimes.

Karen B said...

Beautiful Post it helped me realize what a beautiful humble apartment I have and a job. Sobriety has so many wonderful gifts, the most important one is a great life. Positive uplifting! Thanks :-)

Gwen said...


I love this post. I hear your gratitude in every word.

I also wanted to thank you for something you wrote on mine. You said that "each comment is like a gift" I LOVE that and really feel like it is so true. I want to add that to my index.

Thanks for being Mary Christine,
Love Gwen