It was lovely to have a day off today. It was 17 degrees fahrenheit below zero when I left the house to go to a meeting this morning. It really was a beautiful morning. So cold, so crisp, so brutal. There is no margin for error on a morning such as this. One little mistake could kill a person. There is something about this that appeals to me. Maybe it is my fancy studded snow tires that have given me a new sense of adventure. They make a world of difference, and make it possible for me to drive on snow and ice.
A sponsee wanted to meet with me this evening to discuss some important stuff and just at the time I was expecting her, she called and told me that her plumbing had frozen and she had water shooting everywhere - in her new multi million dollar house. Yikes. So I called my handyman friend and asked him what he thought I ought to do to prevent pipe freezing and I took his suggestions. I have cabinet doors open, etc. Hopefully I will be OK, and hopefully my sponsee will be able to get her home repaired without too much damage.
This morning the meeting topic was about getting through the holidays sober. I thought how odd it was that people in early sobriety would think that this is difficult. If they only knew how much easier it is to get through them sober. Getting through them drunk is the difficult thing! Oh how I never wish to do that again! But truly getting to experience Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years as a sober person is an experience not to be missed. Especially if you embrace the sober experience and don't try to straddle both worlds by trying to stay in the drunken world as a sober person. But to be sober with sober people and truly experiencing sober holidays is a wonderful, wonderful experience.
What a blessing it is to be sober.