Saturday, December 15, 2007

Happy Birthday to me!

Sorry for not posting earlier. I woke up at nearly 6, and wanted to get to the 6:30 meeting which left no time for posting.

Someone turned on the Christmas lights in the meeting room before the meeting. Someone else turned off the overhead lights, so we had a soft glow in our meeting this morning. Through the meeting, I looked at the slogans on the wall, lit with sparkly lights, and thought how pretty it looked (and that is why I took a cell phone photo after the meeting). It was a lovely meeting. I was grateful to be there amongst my friends. Especially a young man who told me I didn't even look 40 - let alone 56. Yes, thank God for friends - even if they are only learning about rigorous honesty!

I am so truly grateful today:
My son is home from Iraq. We will spend the day together.
I am no longer in a relationship that was hurting me.
I am a healthy woman.
I have been sober for 41% of my life.

I will get to spend the day with my kids. There was a time - in my sobriety - when not only had I lost custody of them, but there was a restraining order preventing me from contacting them. Oh, praise God I am not in that place today.

Life is so very good.

"Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and to your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny. May God bless you and keep you - until then." Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 164


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Mary Christine! I hope it's the greatest so far.

I wanted you to know I am still reading you almost everyday (and those I don't read, I make up for later). Today if I don't drink, I'll have 667 days.

I still enjoy your blog so much, with the photographs, the passages of the AA literature, and reading about your life, the good and bad and mundane of it.


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YamadogGirl said...

Happy Birthday!

Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

"You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person."


Barbra said...

Happy Birthday!!
And I agree with yamadoggirl... thanks for sharing your life with us. Stay young!

louisey said...

Happy, happy birthday! Your journey is such an inspiration to so many of us.

Scott W said...

41%? That, my dear, is wonderful!

Happy Birthday!

Christine said...

Happy Happy Birthday to you Mary Christine!! May your day, week month and year be as wonderful as You already are!


Pam said...

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Anonymous said...

Let me add my congrats on your birthday AND having your son safely home from Iraq.

Our firm sent our CFO's son's Iraq unit holiday stuff AND Ipods. She said the unit was sooooo thrilled. It made us all feel more in the Christmas spirit to feel we had made the guys/girls happy!