Saturday, September 24, 2011
A little bit of hope
I saw so many people in pain at that meeting. Sober people, living life, facing difficulties without a drink. God bless 'em.
Honestly, it does something to my heart when I see someone stay sober when they've lost their job, lost their wife / husband, facing a kid with alcoholism or addiction, losing a kid, getting sued, going bankrupt, being homeless...
It's great when life is good, but we need not to lose our perspective about where we came from. And where we can go back to - with one sip.
So, when I see someone who is devastated in almost every way and can still say with sincerity that they are grateful to be sober, I feel like I have heard something real. Something with weight. Something so much more helpful to a newcomer than all that cheerful-ness about how life is so freaking great. But maybe that's just me...
"When a big, healthy-looking young fellow stood up there and said, 'I'm a success today if I don't drink today,' I thought, 'Man, I've got a thousand things to do today before I can brag about not taking a drink for God's sake!' Of course, I will still drinking at the time. (Today there is absolutely nothing in the world more important to me than my keeping this alcoholic sober; not taking a drink is by far the most important thing I do each day.)" Alcoholics Anonymous, 3rd ed. p. 447