I celebrated 8 years of recovery from alcoholism on the 28th of May, hallelujah! I wish you could have seen the smile on my face when I went to my home group the night before & received my coin. There is just no other feeling like it; to know that you have succeeded at changing your life, one day at a time, through the grace of God and AA - it is simply amazing, in every sense of the word.
When it was my turn to share I talked about where I had been and where I am now. How I'm incredibly blessed to have a husband and children and the life that I enjoy. I shared that I am a first timer, and that I have stayed sober for this many years because, quite simply, I do what I'm told. I listen to the suggestions and advice of my sponsor and fellow alcoholics. I take my life one day at a time, I try my best to be humble, I am honest, I admit when I am wrong.... not because I am so awesome, but because I know what happens when I don't live this life the way I'm supposed to. I did things my way for a long time, and it got me in a lot of trouble. I don't need to have my way anymore. Giving up my own will, and submitting to God is what keeps me sober. I make amends where necessary, pray for those who cause me pain, and keep my mouth shut, which is hard, for anyone who knows me. I don't always need to be 'right' anymore.
I carry my coin in my pocket every day, as a reminder to me of needing to 'practice these principles in all my affairs'. I love the coins that my meeting uses. They look like these:
The history of the coins, if you're nerdy like me and need to know these things, can be found here.