Sunday, January 28, 2007

11 years today!

Today marks a milestone in my recovery... While it's truly "just another day," it's an important one in my faith journey and recovery. 11 yrs ago today, I began my journey into sobriety. I had no clue what lie waiting for me and it's probably a damn good thing, lol! It was Super Bowl Sunday, and I had actually decided to stop drinking and drugging to help my younger step brother who was living in my easy chair at the time. He began his journey into sobriety today also, 11 yrs ago by attending his first meeting. While it took me almost a week to get to my first meeting, Jan 28th, 1996 was our sobriety date. He (and my dad) introduced me to AA via a good talking to after his first three meetings, the pamphlet "44 questions" and a brand spankin' new Big Book. And here I had thought he was the one with the problem, and I was quitting to help his recovery, lol. Little did I know. Several years ago, he began drinking again, but that's his story... One day I hope I can return the favor by helping him back into recovery, should he decide he needs the help. I pray for him often. I've never shared my story, given a "lead" on my blog and maybe one day I will, but not today.

Beside the obvious change of not drinking and abusing drugs any more, I guess the most profound change in me is my overall attitude/spirituality and yes, I believe they are inseparably connected. I used to think that everything sucked, I'd never "get a break" that "God was picking on me..." that nothing "ever went my way..." I have since learned that everything doesn't have to go my way, God is in fact, not picking on me, and I am no longer a victim. All that really matters is that I do my best each day to align my will with His Will and things will work out how they are supposed to. For me, the most influential piece of AA lit is the Big Book. I quickly found myself in there, as they said I would. I think the single most important (to me) chunk of the Big Book is Dr. Paul O (Dr. Alcoholic, Addict 3rd ed. starting on pg 447 and finishing the story out. I can so relate to that passage. The first time heard "449" (now 4th ed. p 417) read in a meeting, I raced home and read it, re-read it and marked the pages. I have been relying upon that chunk of wisdom to extract my head from my rear end ever since... Thank HP, Dr. Paul and Max! The most important component of my recovery today is the daily maintenance of my spiritual contact with HP/God/Jesus that I might enjoy that blessed peace of mind. If I can maintain that, the thought of a drink or drugs isn't an issue.

Quote for today: "Perhaps the best thing of all for me is to remember that my serenity is inversely proportional to my expectations. The higher my expectations of Max and other people are, the lower is my serenity." -AA Big Book 3rd ed. p 452.

Prayer for the day...

God/HP/Jesus... I wish I could express my gratitude for my sobriety today, especially. I guess, just please help me help another, and I pray that I might be fit to carry Your Message to the alcoholic/addict/human who still suffers. I am still blown away by how You raised me from my own living death, to function again as a reasonably happy person. Yeah I still slip back into the darkness from time to time, but the Sunlight of Your Spirit is always out there for me to grasp. Thank You. God, help me today to be an example of peace, confidence in Your Will and love in all my actions.

Peace be with you all, and thank you guys for becoming such a HUGE part of my recovery today. Thanks for your kind words on yesterday's post... lol, It's not been a terribly fun weekend thus far, lol I wish I could really express how much you all mean to me!

(shivering as I feel the presence of God's Holy Spirit enter me while typing this...) I just love y'all!


Pam said...

OH Yahoo...I get to be the first comment! Scott...I have so enjoyed reading your posts...eleven years just ROCKS big time!'s the first chip with something AFTER the big X.;-)
Wishing you a fabulous beginning to your 12th day at a time.

Anonymous said...

You kick ass dude..Keep doing what works for you and sharing so openly and caringly like you do Scott! I love that .
I have been clean and sober and learning to let go for just about 12 long as I keep trying for just seems to keep getting better all the time.
Yes..I play the drums dude..and let me tell you I have ALWAYS wanted a big girls drum set..mine was for a Christmas present from BOB.We all got a set of sticks.
I love music and I know you do too..we should cyber!

SoberSteve said...

Congrads on 11years. My 60 days today seems like a small feet, but huge for me. You better watch outI'm going to try to catch up.


Sober Chick said...

Happy Birthday!!!! 11 yeaars, that is such a blessing. I am so glad to be able to celebrate this with you. You add so much color to my recovery by your support. Thank you.

stayathomemotherdom said...

Congratulations! I hope that with God's grace I can make it to your milestone!

Mary Christine said...

Happy Happy Happy Birthday Scott! I am so glad you are sober and part of this sober blogging community!

vicariousrising said...

Hello Scott. This is my first time to your blog, but I've seen your comments on other bloggers' sites. I just never found my way here before. What a treat to have found you on your 11th anniversary! Congratulations!

I look forward to reading more about your journey, and thanks for sharing about your day.

Best wishes,

dAAve said...

Thanks Scott.

Scott W said...

Well done!
Way to go!
Good job!
Hats off!

Trudging said...

Wow! Thank you for posting

Noor Azman Othman GBE said...

Gee, I got no. 11. Eleven seem to be in good spirit.

Happy eleven to you, Scott. I shared your happiness (even though I got seven more to reach your eleven).

One day at a time to both of us