|Flowers are blooming in our favorite park!|
Today, at my AA meeting we shared the “miracles” that have happened in our lives since we got sober. People shared powerful stories, heartbreaking drinking and using stories, and now their current miracles.
This reminded me of a post I read today, by Mark Goodson, Miracle of the Mundane.
He gave me pause to look back at where I was and where I am now.
Mark describes his using life and his sober life as a “great divide”.
He talks about comparing your greatest fear, happiness, or problem in your two lives.
Where was I when I was drinking?
What were my fears then?
What brought me happiness?
When I was drinking, my life was all about me. It was when could I drink, who could I drink with, how can I hide my bottles, when could I get what I wanted.
My biggest fear was definitely worrying about getting pulled over by the police for drunk driving.
My happiness was when I was drinking.
That’s the only thing I thought made me happy.
Today, my life is about caring for my darling husband.
It’s about caring about my wonderful family.
It’s about helping other people in recovery.
It’s about taking care of myself by getting exercise, sleep, and eating right.
My biggest fear today, is worried about getting old, as we have no children to help us.
(I did have this same worry when I was drinking, too, but it wasn’t an immediate fear.)
However, now I am able to face my fears, and not be so afraid.
I am able to think through the fears, and figure things out.
Now I am happy when I am helping other people, when hubs and I are snuggling, when I am reading blogs, when I am at yoga.
I am happy just walking.
My greatest happiness is when I am with Mr. UT or my family and friends, and we are sharing a special time, or sharing a memory.
I don’t consider these miracles, but maybe they are.
Sometimes I can’t see all the ways my life has changed, because I am too close to myself.
It takes a look back to be reminded of the wonder of today.
Today I have been sober for 32 months.
After thinking about all the blogs I have read, all the people at my meetings I have heard, after talking with hubs about life, I can say, I am content today.
With Flowers Growing,
On Day 972,