Last week a group of sober pals and I went to the Veterans Hospital to sing Christmas Carols to those patients who are bedridden. At first, it seemed like a grim prospect, walking through dark tunnels to find various wards in the hospital. I started thinking what an awful way to spend MY holidays. Why be in such a g rim environment when I could be out looking for holiday parties? Then I entered a room to sing with my group, and an elderly woman sat up in her bed and listened intently. She had the smile of an angel, and her eyes became watery with the tears she was holding back. I was so moved by that moment I began to cry. I witnessed one more time how the power of connecting with other people, spreading love and joy, is truly transformational.
My attitude changed in that moment. The experience of giving is far more fulfilling than receiving. By taking an opposite action and going against my self-centered nature, I got the good feeling I used to search for while drinking. I also celebrated my sober birthday last week and was awestruck at how I could possibly stop drinking before the holidays. Truth is, I did not know what day it was. My first day sober was a gift, a present from the divine. I cherish this gift and take very good care of it, but it is still a gift.
This Christmas, addicts and alcoholics all over the world be will giving thanks for their sobriety, as it is truly a present from God.
Merry Christmas and have a healthy and safe New Year!Share post