I truly have no words to express what this means to me.
Yesterday as I driving through downtown trying to get to my chiropractor's appointment on time, I looked around and thought - this is my home. This city is my home because I got sober here. As I drove past places, I was flooded with memories of things past. They are all sober things because I have no drunken history in this place.
When I say that 26 years is a lifetime, I guess I could be misunderstood - you could take that to sound like arrogance. When I say I am humbled, I guess you have no way of knowing how profoundly I am humbled. You see, I am clear on the fact that I have never been a stellar worker. I got clear early on that this is not a transaction. I don't do "x" amount of work and get "x" amount of sobriety, peace of mind, and serenity. I have done "x" amount of work, and God has blessed me far in excess of anything I could have ever done. I could have "worked" for a lifetime and never have "earned" the life I have today. You simply cannot get here from there. Not that my life is perfect because it certainly isn't.
I am grateful beyond words that tomorrow I get to go be with old friends to celebrate my birthday. Someone will certainly tell me that 26 years is a good start. I am a junior member among them and I am so grateful for that.
Thank you bloggers for your generosity. You have been very kind to me.