I won't be posting anything over the weekend, so I might as well get this over with now.
Tomorrow is my 10th anniversary of sobriety. 10 years since my last drunk. 10 years of trying to learn to be a sober adult (not as easy a task as it might sound).
10 years of going to meetings, working the steps, working with others, often getting frustrated, occasionally feeling grateful and always, ALWAYS, learning patience, tolerance and acceptance. 10 years of FINALLY letting go of past slights and hurts, of learning forgiveness for others and forgiveness of myself. 10 years of learning compassion for others and compassion for me. 10 years of learning that there is some bad in the best of us and some good in the worst.
10 years of becoming a better person than I was during the first 49 years of my life.
10 years since I woke up in jail; homeless, penniless, careerless, loveless and drunk.
10 years that have been the most wonderful ten years of my life.
I thank God and the granddaddy of all 12-Step Programs for this life I've been given.
Dear God, please don't let me screw this thing up. And, if it be your will, please grant me another 10 years of sober, happy, joyous and free living. I promise to do everything I can to make it worth your while.
Have a great weekend, everyone!