I am, indeed, a sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous. As such, I get to live life to the best of my ability - living by spiritual principles, and living without alcohol. I might add that I am also living without psychotropic medications, and living without smoking. There are many other things I am living without - but I don't want to get tedious.
What do I get to live WITH? I live in peaceful harmony within my own skin. I get to live in peaceful harmony with my family, friends, coworkers and neighbors most of the time - like maybe 99% of the time.
I get to wake up on Monday morning and look forward to going back to work. I get to live through uncertain times and know that my needs will always be provided. It may not look the way I wanted or expected, but it will be provided. I have learned that through experience.
I haven't had a drink for a long time. I haven't wanted a drink for a very long time. I haven't woken up with that sinking feeling - wondering what I did last night - and more importantly - who knows about it - for long time and for that I am truly grateful.
Life is good. Sometimes it gets a bit weird. Sometimes I get a bit weird. I have never claimed to be a paragon of virtue or sanity. But oh, if you only knew the person I used to be!
I am so grateful for the life I have today.