Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas week gratitude

Today is my last official day of work for the year.  I will be puttering about next Thursday and/or Fri, but that will be "incognito" and unofficial.  I've got some piles I really need to devour before we get into the new year lol.

Tomorrow we head to WV or Christmas with my wife's family.  We always have a nice visit with them, very relaxing.  We head to Toledo next Fri afternoon for Christmas with my peeps all weekend.  That will be a nice trip as well, since I presently have NO drama going on with my family right now.

I have an interview for a new career position next Thursday morning.  I am preparing like a laser-focused madman and I intend to come away with the position.  I am passionate about the work, excited, confident and I have a strong network that's behind me 110%.  The position appears to have been developed specifically for my skill set, so I am treating it as mine to lose.  I love the fact that it involves working in nature and conservation and combines my loves of public service, marketing, sales, business, economic development, and people all into one, big ball of opportunity.  I don't really wish to say anything in any detail for fear of a search engine coming along and somehow tying my blog into the mix.

This Christmas will be my 16th sober Christmas.  I can still recall my final couple drunk/drugged holidays and I am amazed at how my life has changed.  The metamorphosis is indescribably remarkable.  Each year at this time I feel compelled to reflect on the miracle of my life.  So much good has come from God's gift of sobriety in my life.  We have a son who's 10, I have a wife who's about to enjoy her 13th sober Christmas.  We have a home, we've managed to avoid losing it and filing banruptcy.  We're healthy, we have family that welcomes us into their homes.  We have so much to be thankful for and we're about to celebrate all of that here in the coming days with family and friends.

Most of all, I am grateful for God and AA.  Without a Higher Power of my understanding to carry me through the rough times, and bless me with His Grace, I'd be lost.  Without you folks in AA to help me stay on the beam, I'd be lost.  I am grateful that through His Grace and your help, holiday anxiety is dissipating as we speak.  Those things that are most important are front and center right now.

Be well, thank your HP and tell him/her how much you love him/her!


drybottomgirl said...

I'm enjoying my second sober Christmas and it does seem to get better and better. I will pray for your new job position (keep us posted) and that you have safe travels and a blessed holiday season!

dAAve said...

Please drive carefully and have a lovely weekend and holiday!

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

Merry Christmas! :) Safe travels and Glad tidings in the new adventures of the new year!

Syd said...

Scott, I hope that you had a great Christmas! And that you enjoyed your time with the family. Happy New Year to you!