Day 1

1st Good Reason to be Sober

I am deeply thankful for my sober community.

The Sober Community

Y’all might know or probably remember that sober blogs shored up the first six months of my recovery. My one connection to the world, to people who got what I was feeling and talking about was the sober blogging community. It’s this magical place where all you have to do is show up, write a little SOS, and then out of the great blue beyond some words of hope or comfort appear.

The sober community has so much to give, and asks only sobriety in return. And then forgives if you don’t even have that. My sober community has expanded from lurking on blogs to emailing to having my own blog. It has given me people like Sherry, Lilly, and Annette, Paul, Mrs D, Belle, Carrie, and Jen. It has given me a therapist who believes in me: I know she does because she says so, and she means it. It has given me a recovery group that isn’t always easy or fun but that builds me every time I go. It has given me friendships that will last. I haven’t been to an AA meeting yet, but Universe Amy and I are going on Saturday and so I will add that to my list.

I am so grateful that anyone reads this at all, and that I get these messages of support and love and encouragement still blows me away a little. Thank you so much for reading, for commenting, for emailing me. Thank you for letting me listen and try to help. Thank you for helping me. That makes me feel a part of a thing bigger than me and my own sobriety, alone- it makes me part of a chain of helping hands, all who have been there, and stay sober, together.

I am so proud to be a part of such a beautiful thing. I am so proud to be sober. There are so many many many reasons to be sober, but my very first one is this: I have said that I am. So I must be so. Because of sober mornings, better coping skills, care-taking, humility & grace, helping hands, feelin’ it, sense of self, heart connections, forgiveness, trust & truth, a life…..forever, and the sober community I will continue to be sober.

Merry Christmas.