I drove across town to be at my home group this morning. It is an old friend's 27th birthday. I remember when he came in - literally - I remember his first meeting. He was my (at that time) sponsor's ex-husband and I was very happy to see him walk into the meeting that day. And twenty-seven years later, I am still happy to see him - anywhere. It was another friend's 31st birthday. We are all older now, but we are all still sober. And I have to tell you, we were not the holier than thou folks at meetings who know everything and have everyone's answers. We were nuts. But we took the program seriously, and hung in there, and now we get to be relatively sane older folks who have been sober for a while. And that, my friends, is a good deal.
As people shared in the meeting, it seemed to be the consensus that 2012 is going to be a great year. I know I am looking forward to it. I have no idea what it will bring, but I am grateful to be facing it sober and with a trust and faith in God.
And then, because it is my nature to be serious when others are light-hearted, I just want to say: I have had many new readers and anonymous comments in the last few days. This is the time of year when people resolve to get sober - and read the first paragraph before you dismiss their efforts! People have come here looking for help. I hope the fact that I have shared my experience, strength, and hope is some small comfort to someone looking for hope. But, I feel I must stress that the place to go for real help is your local AA group. There are very few people in the world who are so situated that they can't get to a meeting, they have their own ways of finding fellowship - I learned that here on this blog. Most people, however, have an AA group in their own city, town, or even neighborhood. Avail yourself of this wonderful life-saving resource.
We bloggers are not any kind of special alcoholics who have the answers. We are just fond of writing and fond of the special fellowship we have found here. We get the spiritual "stuff" we write about on our blogs from our own local fellowship. Don't deprive yourself of this. It is the highlight of our lives.
I am grateful, grateful, grateful to be looking at the clean slate of another year started sober. I hope it is a sober day for you too. And if you are hungover and happen to read this, this could be your real true sobriety date. What a great one to have.
"Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and to you fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny. May God bless you and keep you - until then." -- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 164