I had intended to post here later, after having walked my 5 miles, had some fellowship with newish people, and some sunshine and nature. However, I checked some other blogs this morning and realized yet again that most of my favorite blogs aren't there any more. And then others I still read haven't posted anything yet this morning. And I thought about the lonely reader out there who might need a word of encouragement this morning.... and thought perhaps I might be the one to offer it.
So let me say, there are people in Alcoholics Anonymous who don't drink. I am one of them. I came to AA when I was absolutely desperate to stop drinking. I thought it was the end of my life, but I didn't know what else to do. I threw myself on the mercy of the unlikely people I met in AA and they provided what I needed to get me sober. They told me to not drink. They told me to stop taking myself so seriously. They told me to stop thinking about myself. period. full stop. To think of others. They told me to pray. They told me to ask God to help me to stay sober. They gave me phone numbers and told me to call them. They told me Don't drink, Don't think (that one always makes someone mad), go to meetings, read the big book, get a sponsor, Etc.....
I did what they said. And now it is 25 and a half years later. I am still sober. I have not had a drink in all those years. I am still doing the same things. I know a whole bunch of people who are doing the same thing. We all are staying sober. Because AA works.
I live a happy, fulfilling life. Hopefully I am a positive member of my family, my church, my workplace, and my community. All because I learned how to be a member of AA first.