My sponsee who is installing my new floors is sick as a dog. She has been in bed since Saturday. She feels so bad that my house has been left a construction zone. I don't feel bad at all. I just hope she gets better soon. She thanked me yesterday for being so "forgiving" - I told her it was very easy since there is nothing to forgive! I think we alcoholics find it very difficult to be sick without feeling guilty.
I was asked to review a book written by a man who drank alcoholically for many years and now is sober for 4 years! "This book is a vivid account of one man’s tumultuous 25 year round-the-world odyssey, shrouded in the haze of drugs and a sea of alcohol, punctuated by indulgence, abuse, fear, illicit sex, violence, and frequent jail time." Ummm, I can go to any local AA meeting and hear the stories of indulgence, abuse, illicit sex, violence, etc... from any member sitting there, including the little old lady sitting in the corner knitting (like me). YAWN. I would say this guy needs a sponsor and someone to tell him to get over himself and start thinking about others. If he really wants to share his sobriety, maybe he could go to a detox meeting instead of writing a self-indulgent 500 page book about himself.
I was asked to review another book about a year ago. It was a reputable publisher and I was honored to be asked. I read the book but never wrote the review because it would have said something very similar to what I wrote above. I just worried about the guy - he was sober less than 5 years and writing a memoir about his sobriety. I hope he is still sober. Talk about the kiss of death to sobriety!
OK, I gotta get to work. I hope we can all stay sober without writing any memoirs today!