Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Beginning - The point at which something starts

   My name is David. I am an alcoholic. I’ve said that everyday, at least once a day, since Jan. 23, 2010. According to my SobrietyCheck sobriety counter that’s 220 days. I‘m glad they have an app for that. 220 days without a drink or any other mind-numbing, mind-altering substance by the eternal grace of God and the fellowship of alcoholics anonymous.

   I’ve decided to try my hand at blogging after spending several months reading Being Sober, higher powered along with the prompting from a wonderful friend. She believes that I could do something like this. Perhaps I can. The two blogs mentioned have connected me with folks who are like me. They have decided to share their sober lives with those who would like to stop on by and read. I found myself dropping in on them daily. They have made me laugh, touched me deeply…shared their experience, strength and hope. Perhaps I can too.

   So if you happen to end up reading this, if you happen to be an alcoholic, if you happen to be an alcoholic that is new to AA, this is what I was told 220 days ago. There is a solution. Go to a meeting, get the Big Book of alcoholics anonymous and read it, get a sponsor who will help you with the steps, humble yourself, surrender and be willing to take direction, be of service, don’t drink.
Don't Drink.

   This is a portion of a post from Being Sobers’ blog. I did not ask permission to use it, I just cut and pasted it. Forgive my lack of blogging etiquette while I’m still new at this.

“What is it like to be a recovering alcoholic? It is like being a pumpkin. God picks you from the patch, brings you in and washes all the dirt off of you. Then He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc. and then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.”

"I trust that I am meant to be exactly who I am, exactly where I am, doing what I am doing because God has commanded it!"