This is a post about thanks.
I want to thank everyone who has reached out to Un-Tipsy Teacher over the past few years to offer help, prayers, suggestions or just warm heartfelt wishes. All of these acts let her know that she is not in this alone.
|Dancing The Night Away! (Well until 10:30!)|
Un-Tipsy Teacher began her struggle for sobriety over two and a half years ago. After several earlier attempts to quit drinking had failed, she realized that she couldn’t do it all alone. This time she opened herself up to everyone and began to write about her life with and without alcohol. She invested time, energy and herself in her recovery. She explored AA, Women for Sobriety, family, friends and read sober blogs. She reached out for help in many directions. What she found was a vast community of generous people who shared her struggles and offered hope. She found support from family, friends and complete strangers. I’m always amazed at the support shown for Un-Tipsy Teacher’s struggles from all of the many folks on the internet. People who read and comment on her blog have had a major impact on her well-being and her continued success in maintaining sobriety. As she reads other sober blogs about peoples’ struggles and successes she learns something new which helps her understand something about her own life. She feels a kinship with other people. She shares the joy in their successes and feels a loss when they struggle. She is invested in each one of you. Un-Tipsy Teacher looks forward to comments each time she posts a new blog. She shares these thoughts with me and always yearns to reach out and help these people any way she can. She has met many people at AA meetings and other areas of her life who have shared their successes and failures. This is the strength of the sober community. It’s also the strength that is out there for anyone willing to seek help in their fight for sobriety.
Un-Tipsy Teacher found that the help is there but you have to ask for it. She had the courage to open up her life and she received the strength and support that she needed and still needs. The point is, if you open yourself up to ask for help you’ll find it but only if you are willing to work for it. Recovery isn’t a “one size fits all” process. I think that means you may need to look at as many options as possible until you find something that works for you. It might be one thing that helps or it might be a combination of things but something will work, you just need to keep looking until you find it. Once you find it, hold on tight and never forget why you started this struggle in the first place.
I’m grateful to all of you who have helped and continue to offer help to Un-Tipsy Teacher along the way. It is this strength of community which can help all of us.